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Mike Patrick


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6 Things to Look for in Standout School Carpet

Nov 2, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

Even with the best teachers, and the best curriculum, it isn't always possible to guarantee the best outcomes for students. In many instances, it's the learning environment which plays a crucial role, helping - or hindering - student progress.

The subtlest nuances of classroom design have a dramatic impact on learning, so today, we're looking at six ways your choice of carpet can contribute to a healthy, productive learning environment.

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How to Design a Classroom that Prioritizes Student Health and Wellness

Oct 31, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

Young children are more susceptible to coughs, colds and minor illnesses than adults - who have a more mature immune system.

As we've become increasingly aware of the impact our built environment can have on the people using the space, it's now possible to take steps in your school and classroom designs to improve the health and wellness of building occupants.

We're looking at five elements of your classroom design that can help improve student health and wellness, to minimize time they spend off sick, and maximize learning time in the classroom.

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4 Key Elements of Modern Classroom Design

Oct 12, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

School classrooms have looked the same for decades: a series of individual desks angled to face the front, where a teacher stands to address the class. But with changes in teaching styles and types of work students are doing, combined with a greater understanding of the learning process, there's a growing need for a new approach to classroom design.

We've identified four key elements of modern classrooms, to help you design a learning space that works for students today, and will continue to meet their needs for years into the future.

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How to Choose the Right Flooring for Elementary School Classrooms

Sep 26, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

For younger students, creating the right classroom environment is essential: students need to feel welcome and safe, in a space that reduces the anxiety of being in a new environment - especially for the youngest students and new starters. Classroom design is key for creating a welcoming space to cultivate positive associations with school and learning for young students.

We're looking at how your choice of flooring affects the classroom environment, and what you should prioritize when selecting new flooring for elementary school classrooms.

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Is LVT a Smart Choice for Classroom Flooring?

Sep 19, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

There's lots to consider when selecting classroom flooring, and with different flooring types excelling in different areas, it can be hard to work out which is the best option.

The popularity of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is surging - but is it a smart option to use in classrooms?

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4 Things to Consider When Designing a Healthy School Environment

Aug 22, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

When redesigning school interiors, it's important to consider how your design choices will impact the health and wellness of the hundreds of students, teachers and staff who will use the building every single day. Many seemingly minor decisions can have a significant impact on the classroom and school environment.

Today we're sharing four health and wellness concerns that can be addressed through school design to create a healthier and more comfortable learning environment.

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Supporting Schools: How Milliken's Innovations Do Good in Education

Jul 5, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

Innovation has been at the heart of the Milliken ethos for over 150 years, and a desire to experiment, learn and improve runs through the company to this day. Discover how Milliken is using its culture of innovation to solve some of the biggest challenges facing schools and education facilities.

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3 Examples of Inspiring School Interiors

Apr 26, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

Research has repeatedly shown that school design has a significant impact on student outcomes. With learning no longer confined to the classroom, it's important to consider the entirety of a school, not just the classrooms, when planning a school redesign.

To help inspire your school redesign project, today I'm sharing three school design ideas that will help you create learning spaces to motivate and excite students and teachers alike.

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How to Maximize LEED Credits During a School Redesign

Feb 27, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

LEED credits are used to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings as a way to encourage sustainable building and renovation practices. Sustainability has been a century-long core value at Milliken, so today, we're sharing four interior elements that can be addressed during a renovation to help your school achieve more LEED credits in line with the new LEED v4 standard.

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How to Replicate the Best Learning Environments in Schools

Jan 23, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

When you're planning a classroom renovation, it's easy to focus on cosmetic details and overlook the improvements that will have the biggest impact on student achievement. To help you create the best learning environments in your school, I'm reviewing the five environmental factors that are crucial for student success, along with tips for adopting these best practices in the classroom.

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