Are you an educator? Maybe you’re a designer or a parent. Or maybe you’re interested in becoming one of those professions one day. In any of these roles, you’ve probably heard what seems like a thousand different buzz words and educational pedagogies that describe today’s learning environments. Problem based learning, Makerspaces, and Active Learning are just a few of these terms that are being used every day to describe the 21st century educational model.

With so many descriptors and pedagogy types, it can be difficult to keep up with what they mean and why they’re important to our children’s learning. Because we’re trying to keep all these buzz words straight ourselves, we developed an infographic as a quick reference to an overview of what they all mean. We also created a resource page that you can use to delve deeper into any of these learning modes to find out more specific details and information.

It’s important to understand the significant role that furniture and layouts have on all of these different pedagogies. Providing the correct furniture types and layouts can help to support your efforts of educating as a teacher, parent, or designer. More importantly, the wrong furniture types or layouts can negate and undermine some of these pedagogies and become more of an obstacle and less of an aid.

We understand these different styles of learning modes and know which furniture types fit and work best to encourage flexibility, multi-modal learning, and adaptation. Different postures, landscapes, and sizes are all aspects of furniture that contribute to the way the space shapes behaviors. We’re passionate about continuously learning and gaining knowledge of the various educational models that educators are using in their classroom because it direct affects us and what we do to support you and your efforts in the classroom.

We hope you find this infographic helpful in determining and defining 21st century education. Have you heard of any more buzz words that aren’t included on the graphic? Reach out to us! We would love to collaborate with you.

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