Combination Seating in the Classroom – Is this the most effective arrangement?
February 28, 2018
This month, we finished creating a classroom space at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Pavilion and executed a combination seating plan. Three types of seating have been installed to create a more comfortable environment to help support students with their individual learning styles.
In this space, we’ve installed three different types of seating to best fit the needs of their students throughout the academic year.
Lecture style seating has been fitted in the back for classes where an emphasis is on the educator and attention is needed at the front. This type of seating is not suitable for work in small groups, and it might be more difficult engaging students in discussions.
Cluster seating added towards the front combats this. This arrangement encourages group interaction, promotes cooperation and teamwork, and can develop reflection, problem-solving, and communication skills.
We’ve also incorporated winged accent chairs with tablet arms to provide a comfortable seat for individual work.
Why consider combination seating arrangements
A classroom will always have students of varying learning levels, methods of learning, or for younger students, behavioural issues. A combination configuration, if executed correctly, can be key to creating the ideal learning environment for each and every student using the room. It can also change a student’s commitment to learning and their behaviour during lesson time. A student can choose where they sit to best suit their activity and being comfortable, more often than not, allows them to stay attentive to their task.
If you’re still not convinced about converting your classroom from one seating arrangement to a combination seating plan, test it out if your room allows it. You won’t be disappointed with the results.
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