Flexible classrooms have been shown to improve student engagement and increase participation. This article does a wonderful job of introducing the topic and showing how a flexible classroom is created. It also provides links to many other references. I think this site is wonderful and would really be beneficial to new teachers who are thinking about making the change in their own classes.
How do flexible learning environments impact student learning? This video investigates, through teacher interviews, the outcome of one school's effort to change their classrooms to best fit 21st Century learners. Anyone planning on creating this type of class should watch this video. There is a lot of good advice and it is really neat to see the theory turn into practice.
Comparing traditional learning and flexible learning environments are discussed in this great video from the Parkland School System. Seeing how they use this new classroom design is really beneficial. I think this video would be a great asset to all teachers wanting to redesign their learning environments.
But what should you look for when creating a flexible learning space? The checklist provided here lists many different things that need to be taken into account when starting this effort. I think this list would be really useful as it covers a wide variety of topics and ideas that should be considered.
One way of ensuring that your classroom is conducive to learning is to have the students design it themselves. This article reports on how one teacher allowed her class to redesign the classroom to best suit their needs. I think this idea is wonderful! I would recommend all teachers allow for student input when trying to design a learning space.
There is a growing body of research that suggests that how a classroom is laid out can have an impact on the amount of learning that takes place in there. The article presented here supports this claim. It provides links to exemplars that show good and badly designed classrooms. I think this article is a must-read for every teacher out there. Using data to inform teaching is important, and the findings of this study provide some pretty good support.