Step 5: Design the Classroom Layout


Many researchers admit that there can be a direct link between learning by the students and the placement of desks, the lighting that is provided, and the location of the students to where information may be presented (Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) project (MIT), SCALE-UP project (NCSU) . Although the layout of workstations in the classroom or lab is pretty uniform, there are different ways of arranging space that makes the classroom user-friendly and functional.  There isn’t a recipe of how to organize the layout of your classroom.  Here are three examples of how to design the layout of your classroom.

Example 1 Workstation promoting collaborative learning   Example 2 Workstation promoting collaborative learningExample 3 Workstation promoting individual learning

Illustration 2: Examples 1 - 3 (from left to right) of organizing the layout of the workstations in a classroom/lab

Description: This illustration shows three examples of organizing the layout of the workstations in a classroom or lab. Whether you want to promote collaborative learning (examples 1 and 2) or individual learning (example 3), the 3 examples shows different positioning of the workstations that sits the students in front of each other, next to each other or isolated.


Teachers need to plan what their classrooms will look like each year and, in some cases, each time they create activities that warrant a change in furniture placement and areas for students to work.  We suggest the following links to help you design a classroom that promotes learning:



Step 6: Think of Workstation ergonomics