Perhaps the idea of using cubicles in classrooms seems a little odd to you. After all, most traditional classrooms are an open room with 30+ desks squeezed in. Employing cubicles might seem a bit farfetched.
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Classroom Design is Changing
Teachers and students alike are craving a change when it comes to the day-to-day of what is “traditional” school. Lifeless classroom setups need to be part of the past, not something we see in nearly every school we visit.
What better way to reinvent classroom design than creating learning spaces complete with moveable furniture and walls that can be reconfigured to meet daily, or weekly, lesson plan needs? This is where cubicles come in.
Cubicles allow teachers to create specific group and individual learning spaces within the confines of their own four walls. Students then enjoy the mobility of being able to rotate through these stations, which fosters a good deal more collaboration than “traditional” classrooms ever had to offer.
Keep in mind, that setting up a classroom to look like an office is not the best idea. So, when deciding to employ cubicles in the classroom, it is important to realize that students don’t want to spend extended periods of time by themselves within the confines of a cubicle. This is why you want to utilize the versatility that cubicle walls offer when you configure your classroom designs.
Of course, the upside of individual cubicle stations is their ability to accommodate the advancing technology needs we see in the school system. You can then create a collaborative space that helps achieve a mobile and flexible environment to enhance and reach every learning style.
When we talk about cubicles in the classroom we don’t just mean the K-12 environment. In fact, we think that cubicle designs can be employed in a number of educational settings including:
- Traditional classrooms
- Lecture halls
- Computer labs
- Lounge/Common areas
- Training rooms
- Informal meeting areas
The bottom line here is that school is similar to the workplace in that students in various educational seasons will require spaces that accommodate their unique learning styles. Cubicles are not just for the office anymore.
You can now find customized solutions for using cubicles in classrooms that will benefit a multitude of education levels and subject areas.