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21st Century Classrooms

collaborative classroom furnitureImagine teaching in a classroom where you are facilitating challenging lessons and students learn skills through inquiry. 21st Century Learning Environments aim to create a space that foster students’ personal growth in communication, collaboration, creativity and leadership skills - the core competencies that students need to thrive in today's world. As we strive towards a more personalized learning approach, our environments must be more inclusive of individual learners, and allow for flexibility in the needs of each student.


5 Ways to Create a 21st Century Learning Environment




Introduce Furniture
for Versatility

      Goodbye to Standard Desks and Seating!

To support flexibility classrooms are getting rid of standard desks and replacing them with a variety of different seating options. To allow for maximum utility of the space, portable furniture is a must in 21st century classroom design.  Workstation examples we are seeing in 21st Century Classrooms include yoga mats, exercise balls, kidney tables, standing tables, sofas and floor tables. 




                                                   mobile chairs and desk for 21st century classroom

                                                    The Surf® Portable Work Surface is a perfect option for limited space rooms.







Consider Flexible Layout & Choices


An Inclusive Learning Environment!

Choices that empower students to decide how they learn best. Students need an environment which supports their needs for learning.  An agile space also gives teachers the ability to respond to different students’ needs. Creating spaces for both individual study as well as collaboration allow for flexibility in learning.

                      • Get creative with the student workspace zone by providing spaces for working as individuals, pairs, and groups.

                      • Ask your students for feedback on how they use and would like to use classroom resources.

                      • Adjust the height of bulletin boards, whiteboards, hooks, and anything else that isn't as functional as it could be.

                      • Look into mobile easels, storage, or furniture with wheels.






Integrate Technology


21st Century Classrooms use technology as a tool to stimulate curiosity and inspire inquiry based learning. Technology, whether it is laptops, tablets, or mobile devices, puts information at students’ fingertips and motivates them to research and make discoveries. PLUS it’s INCLUSIVE!  Technology upgrades in the classroom support learning at the right level and pace helps keep students engaged, which dramatically reduces inappropriate classroom behavior. Download a bunch of apps and tools for students to try that can help them with research and to discover the educational benefits and resources technology can offer.








Getting Active in the Classroom


Study after study has shown that physical activity benefits students in many ways. When classrooms provide the opportunity for students to move while they learn they are giving them the chance to refresh their mindset, circulation and concentration. If your goal is to engage students and have them participate in learning, allowing them to "fidget" and creating space for natural movement, will help them to focus on lessons. Movement-enhancing classroom elements include: standing tables, yoga mats, exercise balls, bouncy bands, seat enhancements, and even exercise bands.







Foster Creativity with a Makerspace


Creating an area for a Makerspace can help to inspire students to create, explore, and discover. The concept of Makerspaces was created to harness 21st Century skills and STEM, so if your learning environment has the room for an area like this, it is the perfect fit. If you are unfamiliar with creating a Makerspace, you can find out more information at our Makerspace Page.