Teachers can change the layout of the room to support their new way of seeing a subject—for example, arranging the chairs in an arc around a painting that is displayed up high to communicate the importance of coming with humility to learn. It could involve changing the seating arrangements so that students work together when learning about communities.

  • If discussing a poem about a girl looking out of a window and learning to love the city she sees, the teacher can change the layout of the room so that students face the window. In this way, experience of the learning space reinforces the effect of the poem.
  • If presenting a Bible story with small figures, the teacher can have students sit on the floor in a circle to draw them in and encourage them to engage with the characters.

In these examples, changes in the layout support the teaching approach and encourage a different engagement on the part of the learner.