DEGREES OF FREEDOM
The four degrees of freedom
As a tool to define the degree of freedom in learning environments, Højer Møbler has developed “the four degrees of freedom”. With this tool, we are able to create a common understanding of what requirements the room should meet, in cooperation with the schools.
When the physical environment around you changes, it also changes the way we see things. New thoughts emerge and we begin to think in new and educational ways. This way, the room can be used to set the direction for the desired organization, pedagogics and didactics.
When we look at the degree of freedom in the learning space, it is a good idea to clearly define the needs in regards to the desired organization, pedagogics and didactics. This is essential for us to be able to find the solution that is best for you.
The degrees of freedom visualized
Sedentary blackboard lessons
Focus on group work
Change of scene during class
From space to place
Rammerne defineres ud fra sted
What teachers and students are saying
When we decorate innovative learning spaces, it is important to consider the students’ and teachers’ needs.
“We make high professional standard and the success of students’ education a high priority.”
“We have reason to be physically active – also in the academic subjects.”
“Variation and movement are important in order to strengthen concentration.”
That is why we need spaces which …
- inspires, motivates and enable students to learn better.
- can accommodate different types of students.
- where we can practice a variety of different learning activities.
- where students are feeling safe and included.
We need spaces …
“Which provides more space”
“Where it is nice to be and where I can feel safe”
“Where I can choose how to sit. I learn better that way”
Questions which may be relevant to ask yourself, in the process of deciding how to decorate you learning space, could be:
- Is it a challenge to find space for all pupils/students both physically, socially and intellectuallly?
- Will pupils/students have to leave the classroom to work differently?
- Will the square meters in the classroom be utilized effectively?
- Can a pupil/student study standing up or lying down, and does the pupil/student need a permanent seat?
The best place to sit is always the next
Being active helps improve the students’ concentration and increase their learning ability. At Højer Møbler we focus on creating learning environments that satisfy diverse and changing needs. That is why, we do not develop furniture with the purpose of having students sitting down all day. We develop learning spaces with a varied decor, that invites and enables movement. Our designs are meant to inspire curiosity and creativity in the students, and provide the foundation for better concentration, performance and learning.
Room for all
The physical learning environments should accommodate the needs of both teacher and student. Therefore it is our mission to create good learning environments with ROOM for ALL. To create optimal conditions for the well-being, concentration and learning ability of the individual and enhance the teacher’s “opportunity room”.
The right solution is not just about choosing the right furniture, but also to organize and apply the furniture, so they support the pedagogical objectives of the school and promote well-being and learning. We focus on creating spaces in motion and are constantly looking for new ways that our furniture can satisfy people’s diverse and changing needs.