As summer comes to an end, students flock back to the classroom with hopes and fears for the new school year: Will I make new friends? Will I get along with my teachers?

Will my classes be hard? Will my classroom’s layout and furniture be conducive to learning?

The last one’s facetious, of course – very few students have probably ever voiced that concern as the first day of school drew near. But classroom seating and working arrangements do impact a student’s sense of autonomy and purpose—and consequently their engagement. Watch this 3:59 video to see different ways of arranging furniture to facilitate a flexible classroom.

Share out: How do students exercise voice and choice in where they work in your school?

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