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Classroom Comfort Becomes Priority

New interactive furniture strives to keep students engaged

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The new interactive desks that will be replacing the traditional metal chairs

The new interactive desks that will be replacing the traditional metal chairs

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The new interactive desks that will be replacing the traditional metal chairs

Alaina Anderson, Staff Reporter

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Sit up straight, put your feet under your desk, and pick your head up are all the dreaded phrases we begin to hear by sixth period. Comfort is often an afterthought in the classroom, but Skutt Catholic freshman English teacher Mrs. Leuschen has made this a priority by piloting new interactive classroom furniture.

Interactive classrooms are a relatively new concept within the educational system. Many teachers and administrators feel that students are hindered by a lack of comfort in the classroom. Often, students are more concerned with the discomfort of the metal chairs than what the teacher is trying to teach. In order to remedy this, teachers have begun using new furniture to promote a more comfortable and attentive environment.

I’m typically in a better mood when I’m comfortable; I’m guessing my students probably feel similarly.”

— Mrs. Leuschen

Mrs. Leuschen’s classroom is the first room in Skutt Catholic to see the effects of new furniture. The traditional metal chairs and desks are being removed and replaced by rotating desks. The new desks are on wheels and able to completely rotate as a chair and desk unit.

The purpose of the rotating desks is to promote student engagement by improving comfort. “Eight hours is a long time to sit in a hard chair,” English teacher Mrs. Leuschen said. “While sometimes this is unavoidable, I’m hoping chairs that allow for a bit more movement and comfort will be more conducive to student engagement. I’m typically in a better mood when I’m comfortable; I’m guessing my students probably feel similarly,” Leuschen said.

Students are hopeful that the new furniture will have a positive impact. “I think the new desks will enable me to focus more in class,” freshman Jacob Spidle said. “Instead of spending my time trying to get comfortable, I will be able to solely pay attention to what we are working on,” Spidle said.

While some students believe the new desks will positively affect the classroom, others feel indifferent to the change. “I’m not sure how much of a difference the new furniture will actually make,” freshman Liz Sims said. “However, I am excited to see if I am proved wrong,” Sims said.

Until now, comfort didn’t matter in the classroom. However, this trial run could completely change that. Interactive classrooms have the potential to revolutionize the educational environment.

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