My question is simple:
My response is simple:
But there are many complicating factors. Some of them include the following:
- square footage,
- shape of the room,
- how many times the room is used (that day and other days),
- equipment and furnishing provided,
- budget and ability to make changes,
- and many more.
But allow me to provide some general suggestions which often help to facilitate fellowship, learning, and an encounter. Consider the following:
- ARRANGEMENT. Circles encourage participation and can often accommodate nearly as many as rows.
- FOCUS. Point the class toward the opposite side of the room than the door so latecomers interrupt the teacher more than the members.
- TABLES. If possible, remove all tables. Tables reduce number of attenders in the space and reduce creativity and room arrangement.
- CHAIRS. Folding or stackable are preferred. They should be comfortable and the right size for younger learners. The space should only have chairs for expected attendance plus a couple, but more chairs should be readily accessible.
- VISUAL. Provide wall space for posters, projection, and writing. Change it frequently.
- SHARING. When multiple groups share the space, storage and wall space must also be shared. Groups sharing the space must discuss and agree about cleaning and set up.
- SAFETY. The room, furnishings, and equipment should be reviewed regularly to ensure safety by all users.
- LIGHTING. Rooms should be well-lit without depending on sunshine and should not have to deal with direct sunshine, heat, or glare.
- INVITING. Is the space warm and inviting rather than sterile? Add pictures and fake plants but keep them dusted.
- ACCESSIBLE. Can the space be accessed by wheelchair?
What would you add to this list? Make space for people. Make disciples. Be revolutionary!