Literacy 4-6

Systems Change
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Mobility & Flexibility


Multiple tables and chairs on wheels allow for setting up the classroom to support the desired learning outcomes of each classroom activity. Having the mobility and flexibility to change the arrangement of furniture in the learning space also promotes student choice.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how Woodbrook Elementary School teachers are transforming their classrooms to be flexible and personalized. Through choice, students are able to decide how and where they sit in the classroom, which encourages deeper focus and learning.

  • Having a variety of classroom seating helps students become more aware of the types of environments they learn best in. Giving students choice in where and how they sit and/or stand empowers them to take responsibility for their learning and supports students' Inhibition skills. Being comfortable moving furniture to adapt to the current learning needs in the classroom also positively impacts student Emotion and engagement.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how flexible, mobile furniture, from vendors such as KI Engaged Learning, promotes student engagement. By having a variety of tables, desks, and chairs with elements of mobility, students and teachers can easily reconfigure the learning space to support different types of instruction.

  • Designing interfaces with flexible functionalities allows teachers and students to personalize and restructure the learning environment, which supports increased student choice and Attention.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy