Novi Community School District
Novi Woods Elementary Classroom Remodeling
The learning environment for students in three classrooms at this established elementary school has changed drastically without a single architectural update. Interior designers worked with teachers to transform the spaces into 21st century active learning classrooms. With the help of a grant and donations from a furniture company, one Kindergarten and two 4th grade classrooms now feature tables and comfortable areas that encourage teamwork and collaboration. Students benefit from a variety of furniture experiences, changes in height, and flexibility to accommodate multiple learning modalities. Individual desks were replaced with large group collaborative tables, soft seating, and small break-out clusters. A variety of new upholstered ottomans along with upholstered risers help students feel more comfortable and allow students to sit closer together, enhancing the community feel. Flexible table shapes can be altered to create different settings for multiple teaching styles. Helpful accessories include a mobile marker board and height adjustable podium for peer-to-peer presentations as well as teacher-led instruction.