Top Tips on Using Furniture to Design the Perfect SEL Classroom

Updated: Feb 8

The global pandemic caused by Covid-19 has had a major impact on social and emotional learning (SEL) setbacks. The right school furniture for classrooms and in-between areas can help students decompress, regroup and re-engage in learning. Furniture and interior design play a role in students’ emotional development. That’s why educators are incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into the physical design of their classrooms. But what does that kind of learning space look like?

  • Lightweight, modular furniture that can be rearranged at a moment’s notice for circle time or individual work

  • Chairs that fit different bodies and offer movement and sensory input

  • Designated spaces where students can go to take a deep breath or a quick ‘brain break’ when they need one

Top Tips on Using Furniture to Design the Perfect SEL Classroom

What is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning covers a wide range of skills and approaches. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

Why is it Important to Pay Attention to Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom?