Flexible Learning Spaces Vs. Traditional Classrooms
There is an ongoing debate on whether schools should be set up using traditional style classrooms or whether they should be moving towards flexible learning spaces. Both options have many pros and cons however many schools are moving towards flexible learning spaces. Flexible learning spaces are learning environments where spaces where furniture can be easily moved to suit the needs of the class. They are often very open spaces with lots of colourful and comfortable furniture but however with plenty of floor space as well. These environments can be difficult to manage, as students enjoying moving around the furniture instead of working on the task at hand; students can be easily distracted. However flexible learning spaces offer students with the ability to collaborate with peers easily and allow the teacher to assist students with ease. Traditional classrooms on the other hand are learning spaces where students sit at desks or tables, with limited floor space and the teacher often teaches up the front of the class. These learning spaces can make it challenging to complete floor time or collaborative work at the tables with the limited space and limited ability to move the classroom around. Students however are sitting in the correct posture, allowing them to focus on the task at hand. There is also very little chance students will get distracted as they are not rearranging the classroom furniture all the time. I believe there is a time and place for both settings.