Beyond the number of occupants, there are other elements you need to consider when creating your modular classroom floor plan and determining the final classroom dimensions. When asked for their input on the modern classroom, prominent educators repeated the same points again and again — they want natural light, flexible seating, and specialized spaces.
Natural Light — Educators agree that bright, airy classrooms with lots of natural light are an optimal learning environment. When designing your modular classroom, incorporate as many windows as possible. End-unit classroom layouts include four 3′ x 5′, while interior classroom layouts feature two 3′ x 5′ windows. However, the custom design process allows you to add more windows to your classrooms to create an improved learning experience.
Alternative Seating — Teachers have found that not all students work the same way. Some can work conformably at a standard desk and chair, while others can concentrate better if they can stand and stretch out. And everyone benefits from a change of scenery throughout the day. For this reason, alternative seating — adjustable chairs, configurable desks, cushions, or armchairs — is being incorporated in many classrooms. As this trend continues to grow, it could lead to many schools increasing their classroom sizes to accommodate larger seating options that are more spaced out.
Specialized Spaces — A place for everything, and everything in its place. Many teachers divide their classrooms into different learning centers. They have an art/supplies station with a sink, a reading nook, an electronics center, and small group learning stations. The way that your teachers and students interact in their classrooms can also affect the final classroom dimensions.
Reach out to the modular building expert in your area to discuss the modular classroom dimensions and floor plans that will best suit your needs.