One of the classrooms piloting flexible furniture, thanks to the May 2017 Bond, is Mervet Ismail’s science lab at West Bloomfield High School. The new flexible furniture allows students to configure themselves in a way that best matches the learning activity that they are engaged in. Seating configurations can quickly adjust to support presentations, lectures, testing, group work, and students working in pairs.
The featured seating solution in Mrs. Ismail’s classroom is the Steelcase Node. Students appreciate that the desks are mobile, adjustable, feature backpack storage, and are more comfortable to sit in. The students, as part of the pilot, are also providing feedback that will inform future purchases. For example, students discussed the pros and cons of having desks on casters featuring a smaller writing surface. Based on this feedback, teachers can reevaluate how to best engage students in 21st century learning. Mrs. Ismail’s lab will also be piloting lab tables and a variety of stools from Steelcase.
Pictured above: Students in Mrs. Ismail's class piloting Steelcase Node's arranged in the group configuration.
Pictured below: Rendering of lab tables and stools from Steelcase for Mrs. Ismail's science lab.