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The classroom is not the only place that learning can take place, by creating ‘breakout spaces’ outside the classroom, students are encouraged to study quietly or work together in teams in different environments.
Why create breakout spaces?
Breakout spaces become an extension of the classroom itself. Informal seating areas foster students to continue in class discussions outside of the classroom and provides a wonderful place to discuss homework or group projects. They can also be utilised by teachers to meet with small groups of students. For students with free periods, or who prefer to stay late after school to complete homework, they can be a relaxed place to study.
Each child learns differently, thus by providing flexible collaborative spaces, students are given more support to take control of their education.
1. Promote productivity,
2. Increases creativity, and;
3. Reduces stress.
Design tips for an effective breakout area
Utilise any space
Schools should take advantage of any shared areas to create breakout spaces, including common rooms, the library, foyers, or even hallways. In these spaces you can use innovative education furniture, such as Abax Kingfishers Cosy Pod to create a private area for students to gather and study.
An effective breakout space will provide students with flexibility. They should have various seating options including plenty of soft seating for ultimate comfort. Breakout spaces should allow students to work in different positions and provide the choice to work at a table or not. By providing furniture that is easy for students to move around, students will be able to reconfigure the space to suit their needs.
Ensure that these spaces are suitable for students to work on group projects. Consider what equipment they will need, such as whiteboards for brainstorming, or a projector and screen for sharing digital content.
Technology has become crucial within education. Ensure that your breakout spaces have access to Wi-Fi and plenty of power outlets so students can use their tablets, laptops, and mobile devices to support their learning. Power outlets should be situated near seating areas as well as desks, without the need for students to relocate their workstation next to a wall.
Breakout spaces should inspire both collaboration and creativity. Consider choosing a stimulating colour scheme with inspiring artwork or quotes on the walls. A smart way to encourage students is to get them involved in the design process. Use their ideas to influence the décor and layout or make them a part of the space by displaying their artwork.
For more information about designing an effective breakout space, contact Abax Kingfisher, Australia’s trusted education furniture suppliers, on 1300 300 369.