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‘C’ is for comfort: Adaptive classrooms aim to motivate learning

Newsday – Joie Tyrrell

“Learning for fifth-graders at Northside Elementary School in Levittown is an object lesson in flexibility, mobility and adaptive spaces. The chairs are on wheels and offer two ways in which to sit. Students stash their books and belongings in bins beneath the seat. Instead of desks lined up in rows, there are tables, each with an erasable whiteboard surface. The children can choose taller tables or lower ones. The walls are painted bright colors and sectional couches are available as alternative spots for reading and studying.” (more)

ICE 2019: Physical Arrangement Sets the Tone for K–12 Modern Learning Environments

Ed Tech Magazine – Kelly Konrad

“The design of any learning space typically sets the stage for the type of experience the students and teachers are going to have, said CDW•G Education Strategist Jennifer Brown at the 2019 Illinois Computing Educators conference in Schaumburg, Ill. “When you walk into a room, you immediately have an invitation to the experience you are going to have in the space,” Brown said. These experiences can range from the traditional lecture-style format to the emerging modern learning environments that are gaining in popularity.” (more)

Study: Classroom background noise especially distracting to young students

Education Dive – Amelia Harper

“The brains of children ages 6 to 9 have a significantly harder time than adult brains tracking and distinguishing voices amid background noise, such as other voices or sounds, according to Education Week’s coverage of a new study conducted by Belgian researchers and published in the Journal of Neuroscience.” (more)

Why students shouldn’t be forced to spend so much time sitting at desks in class

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“With the decrease in physical education and recess time over the past 30 years, several disturbing trends have emerged. First is the issue of obesity: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 3 children in the U.S. is overweight or obese — double the figures from the 1980s. From 2000 to 2009, incidences of adult-onset (Type 2) diabetes in children and teens increased 30 percent.” (more)

What Teachers and Sports Coaches Can Learn From Each Other

KQED News Mind/Shift – Linda Flanagan

“When Vicky Tong started coaching seventh- and eighth-grade cross-country in 2012, she took the job because the school where she teaches needed somebody to do it. Tong figured that this additional work would follow naturally from her duties as a middle school science and Chinese teacher and complement her interest in running. She was training for a half-marathon when the offer arrived, and the timing seemed right.” (more)

How K–12 Schools Can Create Flexible Seating in the Classroom

Ed Tech Magazine – Eli Zimmerman

“Ideas about teaching are changing, and classrooms are starting to change along with them. New K–12 pedagogies that focus on collaborative work and learner-centered education require schools to redesign their classrooms with the aim of encouraging these new curricula.” (more)