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Mike Patrick


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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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How to Encourage Blended Learning Through Classroom Design

Jan 9, 2017 / by Mike Patrick

Blended learning programs combine online learning with traditional, classroom-based teaching. Technology becomes increasingly important in blended learning programs, for students and teachers alike.

Unfortunately, the majority of schools aren’t equipped to meet today’s technological requirements. As technology becomes more integral in school curriculums, many classrooms will require a renovation to provide students with access to the technology they require in class.

Today, I’m sharing four classroom design tips to facilitate blended learning.

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How to Maintain Your School’s New Flooring

Nov 15, 2016 / by Mike Patrick

The condition of your school’s facilities has a big impact on your students: according to a study by Maureen Edwards, “improvement in the condition of the building is associated with improvement in achievement scores”.

Therefore, when you invest in new flooring for your school, you want to keep them looking as-new for as long as possible, in order to increase pride in your school facilities, lower absence levels and improve student morale. Adhering to a proper cleaning and maintenance schedule is the single most important thing you can do to maintain the appearance of your new flooring for years to come.

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