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Many educators have realized the shift to new 21st century teaching strategies does not align with the neatly arranged rows of traditional classroom desks. Classroom design is becoming a key element of School 2.0. Some schools are turning to donated furniture or applying for grants to cover the cost of refurbishing classrooms. Others buy a little at a time to spread out the cost or take advantage of bulk purchasing power to spend less per item.
Offering students a range of seating options creates another opportunity for personalization. If one student works better sitting on the floor, she should be able to do so in class. If another wants a bean bag chair and will focus better sitting in it, he should. Beyond furniture, schools are paying attention to the amount of natural light in a classroom, recognizing more natural light correlates with better learning outcomes.