Classroom design is much more than making the best use of space based on instructional goals. Properly implemented, it can serve the needs of students who require a greater degree of support to improve interpersonal skills and achieve academic success.
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports, better known as PBIS, is a different lens to examine and address these complex needs. It’s more than the latest classroom trend or an elementary-only program. Half of school district leaders surveyed by EdWeek indicated an emphasis on these holistic concerns, regardless of grade level.
So how do classroom routine and educational furniture fit in? Quite well, actually. A key principle of PBIS is providing clear expectations, an approach that increases engagement through rewards and choice — like preferred seating or classroom position — that adapt to the unique needs of each student.
“Consistency is essential to creating expectations, especially those that span an entire school, ” explains Megan Daniels, Learning Manager at HON. “It sets up students to be successful no matter where they’re working or who they’re working with.”