DarDesigners is kicking the podium to the curb and replacing it with flexible classroom seating.
With the new schedule at Darlington, teachers are relying more on group discussion and collaborative learning in their classrooms, and less on lecturing. For this reason, our DarDesigner mission is to create a flexible classroom environment so that Mrs. Molly Jordan’s and Mrs. Jennifer Sikes’s classrooms are more suitable for group and personalized learning.
Our design team is working with Steelcase, a company specializing in classroom furniture and design, for our classroom redesign project. Steelcase offers a great way to test some furniture styles before we actually make our decisions next semester. Through their furniture demo program, we have selected a classroom set to test drive until May 25.
If you’ve been in the Darlington library lately, you’ve probably noticed–or have even used–the Node chairs in the McCallie conference room. Since we already have that style of flexible seating on campus, we selected the Verb classroom set, which includes the
Mobile teacher station
Rolling tables that encourage different classroom layouts
Smaller, chevron-shaped tables that seat up to two people
Rolling node chairs (without the personal desk tray attachment)
Check out a video of the Verb classroom here:
For Mrs. Jordan’s classroom, we selected Hokki stools. These stools are designed to keep the body steady while also allowing continued movement (sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?). The Hokki stools should arrive sometime this week.
We’re really excited about having this new furniture at Darlington and beginning our process of learning what the students think about it! Over the next few weeks, Mrs. Sikes and Mrs. Jordan will be sharing their furniture with other classrooms so that we can learn more about what Darlington students look for in seating and classroom arrangement.
All photos and videos of furniture in this blog are from Steelcase.