To be the most effective, school desks need to appropriately match the type of learning happening in the classroom. Factors for consideration are:
By fully considering these elements, it’s easy to find the right type of desk to fit any learning environment.
School desks come in many forms:
Open front desks are the most popular in the elementary classroom because of their versatility. Features include adjustable legs and convenient storage under the desktop. Tops are generally rectangular and can have a laminate or solid plastic writing surface. The book box can be metal, plastic, or clear view (allowing no hidden objects).
A lift lid desk allows students to have a better view and access to the contents inside the desk without removing the materials because the tops are hinged and lift easily. There are benefits and drawbacks to the lift lid school desk configuration. The plus is that students will not be able to play with items stored in their open-front desks during lecture because there is not an opening. Current models also prevent small fingers from becoming caught between the lid and compartment. The con is that students may disrupt others’ constantly lifting and closing their desk lid repeatedly during class.
Combo chair desks often used in high school or college settings to create neat rows and minimize the overall furniture pieces required in a space. While more difficult to move, these desks can also be arranged at will for collaboration in the classroom. The writing surface on the combo unit is larger than that of a chair desk providing more flexibility for student work in a classroom setting. Options for the combo school desks are sled based, and double entry used for both right and left-handed students. Construction of both types of desks can be laminate tops and soft plastic seats or solid plastic tops and seats. There are many variations of the combo and chair desks units.
Collaborative learning environments are creating the need for desks that can be used individually, in pairs, small groups, semi-circles, or full circles as the lesson plans dictate. The lightweight designs allow for most students to easily move their desks as necessary. Innovative designs that have recently come out include dry erase tops for collaborative school desks. Encourage students in groups to brainstorm together with dry erase markers on their desks. Some designs feature desks will fit together perfectly into a singular table for work, unlike other break-apart collaborative designs.
Depending on the needs of your science class, there are a number of different options for student desk setups. From wheelchair access to single person and collaborative desks with sinks and faucets, there is a science workstation that will fit the needs of your students. All science workstation surfaces are made with chemical resistant finishes to protect workspaces while students explore the world of science. Younger students may benefit from adjustable height science desks that are also resistant to chemicals.
Stand-up student desks have had some success stories in the younger school classrooms where excess student energy can cause a problem. The standing height desks allow students to expel energy without having them lose focus on their studies. Stand-up school desks are also popular in office workspaces where employees find back and neck relief while performing certain tasks at a standing position.
To better accommodate students, school desks have several accessory options:
As time goes on, and more classroom discoveries come to light, its likely more school desk accessories may enter the market, including regular technology and computer accommodations.