Help! Furniture in Schools.

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  1. Cla

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    Jul 17, 2017 at 3:57 AM

    Hi all, I'm sorry to bother you with this, but I'm a postgraduate student from Nottingham Trent University, trying to design quality/affordable furniture for schools, I had a survey that I would love for you to answer (if you had the time), but I see now I cannot post the link :(

    I really want to understand teacher's points of view, so if you have any thoughts on how to improve furniture in schools, I will highly appreciate it.

    For example, I'm reading countless studies saying that furniture in schools should be adjustable in height and width, because children of the same age vary greatly in height. However, when interviewing teachers I was told this could lead to bulling, what do you think of this? Also, what would you think of customisable furniture that enables students to draw on it?

    Thank you in advance :)

    Clarisa
     
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    Jul 17, 2017 at 12:16 PM

    As a southpaw, I know I take better notes in a room where there are left-handed desks. As a very short person, I know I function better when I'm sitting in a chair where my feet touch the floor. These are simple accommodations. If certain students are too big or too small for standard seating and need adjusted desks or chairs, they should be available. If there is the possibility of bullying because of these accommodations, assigned seating should be in place. That way, it isn't "Cat gets the tiny desk", it's "Cat gets the first desk in the third row".
     
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    Jul 17, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    What about something easily adjustable, like by the student? Something that had a lever on it... That way, no one has a visibly bigger desk given to them. Standing desks are becoming more popular, and it would be nice to have a desk of normal size that could raise up to a standing height or anywhere in between.
     
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    Jul 17, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    I second the easily adjustable. We had desks at the elementary that were adjustable, but took three adults to adjust. Needless to say, adjustments rarely happened.
    As a music teacher, I'd like to see chairs with a folder space for music. It'd solve the bottleneck problem at the folder rack.
     
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    Jul 18, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    If it is going to be adjustable, it needs to be easily and quickly adjusted. On any given day I could have 32 kids sitting in one seat.

    I'd also want furniture that couldn't be trash receptacles for lazy students. I don't want any cubby or shelf that isn't easily visible as I take a quick look around.

    Because I see so many students in one day, I'd really rather not have different seating options. I need kids to sit where I need them to sit, not where the most comfortable chair is. I want everything uniform so Sally can't claim she wants the #3 seat because it fits her better. When that means she'll end up sitting next to Jane, her best friend.

    I do have some kids that don't fit well in my seats. But I don't have the space to have huge desks available for everyone.
     
  7. monsieurteacher

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    Jul 19, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    All sorts of things we do in our classroom could lead to bullying... I think the key is to train students not to bully, rather than to ensure that everything we do is careful not to point any students out. Easier said than done, but students should be comfortable at school. I understand that there are many other reasons you can't manage adjustable furniture in a classroom that have been stated in this thread, and these are all valid... also the fact that I don't have a say about what furniture I get in my classroom, so I get what I get... but I don't think that potential bullying should be an excuse.
     
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