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Mobility & Flexibility


Creating student-driven, flexible learning spaces involves setting up the classroom to support the desired learning outcomes for each activity. Having the mobility and flexibility to change the arrangement in learning spaces promotes student choice and ownership over their learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how these high school teachers utilize flexible classrooms to allow for personalization that is tailored to their students' needs. By differentiating seating arrangements for independent learning, collaborative learning and small groups, the teachers create space for students to make choices for the learning situation that suits them the best and for the teacher to offer personalized coaching.

  • Having a variety of classroom seating and furniture with wheels can empower students to change the design of the environment to best serve their learning, supporting their Self-regulation skills. Being comfortable moving furniture to adapt to the current learning needs in the classroom also positively impacts student Emotion and engagement. Flexible classrooms have also been shown to promote interaction and collaboration among students, thus fostering Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.
  • 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