Episode Will Focus on Designing a Classroom for Optimum Learning
Mahwah, NJ (November 23, 2011) –Saul Wagner, Hertz Furniture President, has been invited to appear on a popular morning television show, The Balancing Act. The episode, “What Defines a Well-Designed Classroom,” airs in January and focuses on the impact that school furniture has on the learning environment.
Mr. Wagner, an authority on educational ergonomics and classroom design, will appear on the Parent Teacher Corner segment of The Balancing Act, with John Musso, Executive Director of the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). The pair will analyze the importance of accommodating the needs of students and teachers, and explore how a comfortable learning environment can encourage good behavior and optimum learning. For instance, ergonomic furniture, designed to reduce weariness and increase comfort, has been shown to increase learning productivity. Further, a classroom equipped with flexible school furniture can play a major role in helping children with special needs in an inclusive classroom. A classroom equipped with adaptable furniture will not only help a child with special needs, but will also help the whole class, including students with attention issues. A well-planned classroom environment has even been credited with lowering absenteeism and promoting better classroom performance. The Teacher’s Guide to ADHD by Reid and Johnson states that “Physical changes [in the classroom] can help children who need physical activity.”
The Parent Teacher Corner portion of The Balancing Act addresses many issues beleaguering public schools throughout the U.S. today. The intent of the program is to initiate positive change in education by supplying the information to empower administrators, teachers, parents and community. The Balancing Act airs nationally on Lifetime Television Monday through Friday at 7 am ET/PT.
After a discussion between Mr. Wagner and Mr. Musso, the show will show viewers a school featuring innovative furniture from Hertz Furniture. “We want to give schools the ability to inspire every student,” explains Saul Wagner. “With 45 years of experience in supplying schools with what they need to teach our children, we understand the vital role that classroom design plays. We look forward to discussing these concepts with a larger audience of interested educators, parents, and community members. Ergonomic design runs the gamut—from giving children more room to move around to more complex structural issues, particularly important in an inclusive classroom.”
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