When it comes to education, there is no substitute for student engagement. Having students actively participate in the decision making that impacts their education is a surefire way to get them involved. Simple decisions such as their surroundings and classroom furniture can get them engaged in what they are learning in a way that they weren’t before. This creates positive vibes in the classroom.
Create a Feeling of Autonomy
Letting students make decisions about their surroundings doesn’t mean holding every class outside on a beautiful day. Let students be involved in the set up of your makerspace. How your makerspace is set up is going to affect their daily lives. So, giving them some authority on how the classroom furniture is organized can provide them with a feeling of autonomy. Between September and June, students are going to spend the majority of their time in this makerspace, meaning their comfort is of vital importance.
Teachers Play Their Part
The engagement of the student isn’t the only factor that plays into a successful education. Teachers have to play their part in engagement as well. This means going beyond the simple grading of an essay. Your makerspace should be designed so the educator can go from student to student, or group to group to ask questions about their assignments and answer questions the students might have. This contributes to building the problem-solving skills of the students.
Interaction is a Real World Skill
Through interacting with students, educators help to build their real-world interaction skills. Allowing students to interact with your makerspace and their assignments gives them the hands-on experiences they can apply to areas outside the classroom. Creating, sharing ideas, organizing, and making mistakes are a part of everyday life. So, exposing your students to these tasks creates a well-rounded individual.
While the memorizing of facts and figures is another essential aspect of education, engagement is the key to unlocking a child’s potential. By allowing students to have a say in the space they occupy, you’re empowering them to interact with the makerspace and the learning materials on their terms. For classroom furniture, contact School Furnishings at 800-882-9418 or visit us online.