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  1. The Power of Collaborative Classroom Furniture

    Feb 23, 2017  //  by Elizabeth Mack  //  blog  //  No Comments

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    We’ve briefly touched upon collaborative furniture before. But, for this article, we want to go in depth and discuss with you how influential collaborative classroom furniture is.

    First though, what is collaborative learning?

    This learning model is based upon social construct and involves these principles:[1]

    • Student-based
    • Emphasizes “doing”
    • Group work is important
    • Stresses procedural approaches to solving practical, real-world dilemmas

    You see, the 21st century classroom design has made such student collaboration possible. Chairs and desks can easily slide across the room. Chairs swivel 360 degrees. Desks come together to form a discussion circle.

    But what about the impact of these features? What dent has this furniture made in student collaborative learning?

    1. Better communication skills

    Let’s think about it.

    The shape, durability, and adjustability of 21st century furniture makes it easier for collaborative learning to occur.

    It makes sense. More frequent social engagement with classmates means more communication practice—better communication skills.

    In fact, the Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor (CCRA)—better known as Common Core—standards emphasize communication.

    There are 32 total standards dedicated to reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.[2]

    The authors of these standards wanted students, upon high school graduation, to be prepared to enter the workforce and/or a university with a set of applicable skills, one of them being communication:

    “CCSS. ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL. 1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.”[3]

    Students are able to roll their chairs within seconds across the class, making it easier to interact and collaborate with “diverse partners” in multiple instances—aiding to accomplish these common core standards.

    2. Leadership development

    The classroom design nurtures leadership growth.

    Students can move into discussion groups or problem-solving teams where a team or group leader is assigned.

    Or, in groups, students will often teach one another the lesson, acting as both the teacher (leader) and student.

    Like with repeated collaboration practice, repeated leadership practice leads to improved leadership skills, improving self-esteem and enhancing a sense of responsibility.

    Being placed in a leadership position among peers give students that life experience they can draw upon in future real-life social and employment situations.

    Furniture in the classroom assists in this process.

    3. Types of student collaboration

    There are several types of collaboration that can be instilled in class.

    One of these is called catch-up, where students get together at the stopping point in a lecture and compare notes and ask each other questions.

    As mentioned above, this is a type of activity that allows students to both be teachers and students, enhancing leadership skills and strengthening communication.

    Fishbowl debating is another collaborative type. Students are placed in groups of three, each assigned a different role: in favor of, against, and note taker.

    For an amount of time, the two students debate, with the other student taking notes and deciding who won the debate.

    In this exercise, students get a chance to practice persuasion, an element of the common core standards for communication.

    In both of these exercises, chairs and desks can be rearranged or wheeled to the side. The short transition allows more time allocated to these exercises.

    This says it best:

    “Research shows that educational experiences that are active, social, contextual, engaging, and student-owned lead to deeper learning.”[4]

    We want to say that we are proud to provide furniture that aids this process.

     Image Credit: Teacher with students via Indian Streams Research Journal


    [1] Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence: Collaborative Learning: Group Work

    [4] Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence: Collaborative Learning: Group Work

  2. How the 21st Century Classroom Benefits Teachers

    Jan 21, 2017  //  by Elizabeth Mack  //  blog  //  No Comments

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    While 21st century learning is now more student-focused than teacher-focused, the role of the teacher and their influence in the learning environment does not diminish.

    That said, the 21st century classroom does not just benefit the students, but the teachers as well. Teachers have more creative freedom with lesson plans, waste less time during classroom transitions.

    Let’s take a look at how specifically the 21st century classroom benefits teachers and transforms learning.

    1. Teachers have more creative freedom in their lesson plans

    In the past decades, teachers have had to constrict lesson plans because there weren’t as many ways to utilize the classroom space.

    Students’ desks and chairs were stationary, lined up in rows, students facing the front of the classroom. This left the chalkboard as one of the only tools at the teacher’s disposal.

    Now, the 21st century teacher can cultivate lesson plans that involve moving desks and chairs via the caster wheels. They have the option of scheduling individual and group work one after the other.

    It’s even possible to create more individualized and project-based learning, with some students working at classroom desks, others involved in group work, etc. The age of textbooks open on a desk in neat rows for 6-8 hours per day is a thing of the past.

    21st century furniture in the classroom helps instill this personalized learning and makes it possible for learner-centered classrooms to occur.

    Because of the furniture’s mobility and versatility, teachers can now add collaborative lesson plans to their arsenal.

    2. Less time is wasted in the classroom

    Since the furniture is more durable and utilizes caster wheels, transitions can be done with ease in a couple of minutes.

    Also, teachers don’t have to lose time admonishing and monitoring behavior problems, as 21st century furniture, such as standing desks, aids in productivity and engagement.[1]

    Educators may have more time and less hassle in the learning environment, being able to add more time to lessons and class activities.

    3. The teaching role is more multifaceted

    Now that educators are not restricted to stand at the front of the class, ruler in hand, tapping at the chalkboard, their increased mobility in the learning space has also lead to a multi-dimensional role.

    Educators are not just teachers.

    They are guiders and facilitators during collaborative group work and discussion.

    Since learning is now more individualized and project-based, educators have now become more of a resource, showing students where and how to look for project resources.

    With the advent and instillation of technology in the classroom, teachers are now masters of technology.

    This role is particularly useful because more and more children are introduced to technology at a young age.

    The National Center for Education Statistics reports that in 2013, 71 percent of the United States population were using technology at 3 years of age.[2]

    As technology experts, teachers can instruct children about apps, Internet safety, surfing the web, blogging and the power of going digital.

    For instance, pen pals via email can be a great way for educators to teach their students about email, communication, and culture—This can be a great start in teaching students the fundamentals of technology in their ever-increasing, technology savvy world.

    Educators can even begin to teach students the basics of coding.

    The 21st century learning environment has benefited educators, increasing their creative freedom with lesson plans; reducing behavior problems, hence less time being wasted; and making their roles more multifaceted—teacher, group facilitator, technology expert and resource.

    How has the new learning environment affected your teaching style? Or, if you’re not a teacher, have you noticed a change in teaching styles?

    What are the benefits? Can you add to the list?

    Let us know in the comment section below.

     


    [2] National Center for Education Statistics: Fast Facts

  3. 3 Unnoticed Benefits of 21st Century Desks in the Classroom Environment

    Dec 12, 2016  //  by Elizabeth Mack  //  blog  //  No Comments

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    Desks provide a steady surface for students to place, hold, and support students’ school supplies.

    This is obvious.

    But what many don’t know is how much classroom desks have changed, and that the 21st century desk has become versatile and multipurpose.

    Check out these 3 unnoticed benefits of 21st century desks in the 21st century classroom environment and how they enhance learning.

    1. They have physical health benefits

    Yep, this is definitely the case with standing desk—which are height adjustable and are meant to be used standing up, hence their name.

    Of course, teachers and professors use them for lecture, but students can gain as much benefit as well, as standing has been shown to improve test scores and stimulate engagement.[1]

    There’s also a slew of physical health benefits.

    Standing desks make a dent in the childhood (and the adult) obesity epidemic, as a study shows that those who stand for an afternoon burn 170 more calories per day compared to sitting.[2]

    While this may not make an initial difference, continual and consistent use could greatly impact weight.

    Standing has also been linked with lowering your risk of heart disease and blood sugar levels.

    A study monitoring standing and sitting every 30 minutes in a workday illustrated a reduction in blood sugar spiking by 11.1% on average.[3]

    This is especially important to those who have diabetes.

    While these conditions (especially heart disease) may not afflict children at the moment, instilling non-sitting movement in the classroom via a standing desk can serve as a preventative measure.

    2. They also improve mental health as well

    Especially when it comes to standing desks, children can also gain improved mental health benefits.

    During a 7-week study, participants who used a standing desk versus sitting at a traditional desk reported being less stressed and less fatigued.[4]

    People also reported having more energy throughout the day and feeling more vigorous.

    And standing desks may also improve productivity levels too.

    This seems to line up with the 2-month study mentioned in our previous blog post about 21st century classroom chairs, where parents noticed that their children (who used a standing desk in class) felt less stressed and were eager in doing and completing their homework.[5]

    3. They enhance social health and facilitate collaborative learning

    Collaborative desks make group discussions and activities an easier possibility.

    Not only can students move the desks (because of the caster wheels located on the bottom) from one side of the room to another, but the shape of collaborative desks enables students to fit their desks next to one another to form a discussion circle.

    This helps all students take part in the discussion and/or activity, as all students are spatially included.

    Through the use of discussion groups, facilitated by collaborative desks, students’ social and emotional health can benefit.

    In fact, science shows a positive correlation between discussion groups and social and emotional health.[6]

    These types of desks and their benefits cannot just benefit children in a classroom environment, but can also be applied in a workplace environment as well.

    Overall, what we’re trying to show you is that 21st century desks have markedly transformed from your typical, simple, wooden slab; they’ve made functional and versatile strides.

    What’s your experience with classroom desks? How have they benefitted you and/or your students?

  4. 3 Dynamic Ways 21st Century Classroom Furniture Facilitates Student-Centered Learning

    Nov 25, 2016  //  by Elizabeth Mack  //  blog  //  No Comments

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    You may have heard “21st century furniture” thrown around a couple times, especially if you’re in education.

    But what exactly is it? It sounds so ambiguous and abstract.) What makes furniture 21st century, not 20th century or 19th century?

    (Bear with us here.)

    Furniture plays an integral yet largely unnoticed role in our lives.

    It facilitates relationships; we can sit on a couch across or side-by-side from a friend. The backing provides back and neck support. The cushions give us comfort. These unseen amenities make it possible to have a 3-hour conversation if we want to.

    Meetings are made, decisions are come to at the help of furniture.

    Imagine not having furniture, sitting on the ground stooped over? How many meetings would be adjourned, decisions postponed because of backaches, inability to concentrate…?

    And this is just the bare minimum.

    You see, a couch, office chair, the classroom stool—they were the 19th and 20th century furniture (if such a term existed back then).

    They did their jobs: They provided physical support; they made all those meetings manageable; a child in class had a place to put his/her pencils and a sturdy surface to rest his/her notebook on and take notes.

    But times have changed, and now good then isn’t good anymore.

    We now know children benefit from a collaborative learning environment. Classroom learning has shifted from teacher-centered to student-centered; “the ‘front of the classroom’ is anywhere.”[1]

    21st Century furniture is furniture that accommodates and adapts to this. It is mobile, flexible, safe, and functional, promoting innovation, creativity, community, and planned and spontaneous collaboration among students, under the helpful guide of the teacher.

    To delve more specifically into this, here are 3 dynamic ways 21st century classroom furniture facilitates student-centered learning.

    1. It allows for easy transitions

    This furniture makes it possible for teachers to schedule back-to-back lesson plans that once involved lengthy and difficult transitions.

    Because of the castors on desks and chairs, children can wheel them to the side to make room for a large group activity that requires extra space.

    Individual work next—wheel them back.

    Collaborative discussion groups—no problem. Children can “turn to their neighbor” by swiveling their chairs.

    2. It’s ergonomically designed

    The ergonomic design of this furniture is one way to individualize the learning environment.

    Furniture in the 21st century classroom is “designed to be ergonomically appropriate for users of varying sizes and proportions and favoring different learning styles.”[2]

    Now taller children can adjust the chairs to free up more space.

    And students who may learn better kinesthetically, or who have a learning disability such as dyslexia, or those that are sensation avoidant can individually change their seats to best fit their needs.

    3. It helps students interact with their learning environment

    Science educators, Sharon A. Lynch, Ed. D. and Cynthia G. Simpson, Ph. D. say it best:

    “In order to meet the child’s need for increased or decreased stimulation, the classroom must offer a variety of sensory experiences to address the child’s individual sensory requirements. When in a high quality, developmentally appropriate [school] environment, the teacher can provide opportunities for movement, exploration, and stimulation, as well as quiet places ensuring that all children can feel safe and comfortable. In this way the sensory needs of all young children can be met within the typical classroom setting.”[3]

    Children are still learning about the outside world; we need to honor that.

    Furniture in the 21st century classroom ensures this by incorporating colors and designs that spark positive emotions.[4]

    The movability of the furniture also achieves this, as a changing learning environment erases situational boredom and stimulates kids.[5]

    We further see this with exercise balls as seats, stand-up desks, and pneumatic tables. Instead of fighting a child’s restlessness, we need to provide furniture that works with it.

    So, what’s your take on modern classroom furniture?

    Has it had an impact on you (or your students)? If so, how?

    Leave a comment below.

  5. How the 21st Century Chair Positively Affects Student-Centered Learning

    Oct 28, 2016  //  by Elizabeth Mack  //  blog  //  No Comments

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    To put it simply: conventional chairs are restrictive. If you’re tall, you have to hunch over. Want to lower the chair? Too bad.

    This restrictiveness gets worse when we think of how much time in the classroom environment we spend sitting in chairs.

    In fact, a Time article revealed that high school students who stood in class improved their test scores by 20%.

    (Not to mention, there’s a whole host of health problems associated with consistent sitting.)

    The article continued to state that the human body is meant to move—we did evolve from a four-legged species to a stand-up one.

    So, what can we do solve this sedentary dilemma? And what can be done to engage children in the learning process and reduce sedentary movement in the classroom?

    This is where the 21st century chair comes in.

    Here are the many different types of 21st century chairs and how each positively affects student-centered learning.

    1. One word: swivel

    Swivel stools or chairs allow students to turn easily and collaborate with their neighbors during classroom discussion.

    Instead of craning their necks or contorting in awkward, unnatural positions, students can merely turn the chair while staying in an upright position.

    Also, students who are feeling restless in class can swivel the chair while still being engaged in the activity.

    This is especially the case for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), where a study shows that fidgeting may boost cognitive performance.

    Either way, these two swivel options make the swivel chair a versatile and effective tool in student engagement.

    2. Gas lift chairs

    With this type of chair, height doesn’t matter.

    Students can pull on the lever below the seat and adjust the height accordingly.

    The caster wheels allow easy mobility and additional versatility.

    Need to quickly transition to another classroom activity? Done. Just slide your chair.

    3. Active sitting

    Believe it or not, although sitting is normally associated with sedentary activities, it can (and should be) quite active.

    Hokki stools make this possible.

    The 21st century stool’s convex base encourages students to move around, while the padding underneath prevents slips or falls. Learning suddenly turns into a playful activity, where students are given the freedom to move. This movability allows students to focus on the task at hand and makes learning a fun game.

    4. How about no chair at all?

    Like we mentioned earlier, standing does benefit students in the learning environment.

    The Times article indicated that after two months of using stand up desks, teachers and parents noticed a difference.

    Teachers revealed that students related better to one another, made less extreme fidgeting movements, and took less bathroom breaks.

    For parents, their children came home eager to do their homework and weren’t as stressed.

    And physically, students doubled their activity compared to sitting in the classroom.

    An adjustable, standing desk with no chair is a viable option, as noted in the study above, as students are free to move around while doing work.

    What we recommend

    Each type of chair benefits students, leading to an increase in attention and engagement in learning.

    Since every student is different, it may be best to use a variety of types of chairs in the classroom.

    We’re not saying go out and get a million different types.

    But rather, look into chairs that combine features listed above such as chairs that swivel, offer height adjustments, have caster wheels, and allow students to fidget.

    What’s important is being able to offer students chairs that they can customize to optimize their learning experience.

    This is where the 21st century chair differs from the conventional.

    Do you agree? Leave your comments below.

  6. Holding A Mirror Up To Leadership

    Sep 23, 2016  //  by admin  //  blog  //  No Comments

    What is it in a man or a woman that reveals itself in a following? Why do people follow someone to the ends of the world, so to speak? Why will someone work to exhaustion to help another’s business dream flourish? What goes into making a leader a leader? Culver-Newlin, setting the bar of leadership in the school and office furniture business for over 50 years, provides these guiding principles and character traits of the leader by holding a mirror up to leadership. Perhaps you’ll see someone you recognize. Perhaps you’ll see yourself.

     

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    photo credit: photo.elsoar.com

    1. When surveying the forest, don’t miss the trees. The workforce is made up of individuals. Each person has hopes and fears, pleasures and pressures. Each person has the right to be treated with respect and consideration. Leaders must be people-readers, discerning how to interact with each one. Some people are the rough-and-ready type, while others need guided with a gentle style. Drawing the team into a well-working force is the accomplishment of a leader.
    2. Pick only the cream of the crop. Build your team of the best the resume stack has to offer. Make perfect position-fit choices. The right people in the right slots do their best work for the team. The leader has an eye for right-fit people.
    3. Sing the praises of your people. Let the whole office know when someone’s performed well. Everyone is inspired to do top-level work under the knowledge that anyone can receive appreciation and kudos for hard work and a job well done.
    4. Incorporate the proverbial sugar rather than vinegar. Persuade with explanations rather than issue orders. Take the time to share the vision of what the team is working for and why. Leaders are able to sell the idea clearly and concisely.
    5. Share the responsibility for success. Leaders trust the team they’ve built. Identifying and capitalizing on strengths promotes productivity and pride in the work accomplished. When we pull together and pool our abilities, there’s no end to what can be done. A leader delegates when  potential is recognized. Shared success is sweet success.
    6. Trust is a two-way street. A leader able to trust the team’s loyalty and support and work ethic is rich in workforce. And the team that can rest in the leader’s integrity, ethical behavior, and commitment to the team are fortunate, indeed. This leader earns the right to lead. Hard work and exceptional results come out of this lineup.
    7. Finding a calm port in a storm. When the going is rough, the leader remains calm and collected. Working together in the trenches is the leader’s method of operation. And creativity shines out of the dark when the team is boxed in and needs an out. The leader takes advantage of the collective brain power of the workforce assembled and implements brilliant ideas that are presented. The leader is also able to follow gut instinct to go in a different direction when that is needed. During tough times, humor breaks the hold and brings the energy level up. Morale lifts and light shines again. Everyone needs a break when the going is hard, and the leader is swift to use humor.

     

    Culver-Newlin has consistently been on the leading edge of school and office furnishings sales for over 50 years. Providing only the highest quality furniture for your office or school rooms, Culver-Newlin proves that leadership, teamwork, and excellent customer service are the secret ingredients of success. For more information, call 949-288-6739. We have the furnishings you’re looking for in our showroom and distribution center. Delivery and set-up are part of our commitment to you. Call Culver-Newlin today.

  7. Are Potential Customers Aware of Your Business?

    Sep 13, 2016  //  by admin  //  blog  //  No Comments

    Marketing never stops. So what’s your marketing strategy? A concise marketing plan to make potential customers aware of your business and services by fostering interest, closing new sales, and keeping those customers coming back for more is vital to the furthering of your business. Culver-Newlin, successfully in business for over 50 years, provides you with these marketing tools for building your company.

     

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    photo credit: www.entrepreneur.com

    1. The lifeblood of every business is the Referral Plan. Hammer this one out and put it into play. Have a clear, written provision for what the company does when referrals come in. Will you take a respectable percentage off the price of your products? Will you have a cash-back policy? Make the amount worth someone’s effort. Remember that word-of-mouth is the best advertising. Make contact with local businesses that have connections in some way with yours. Explain how they can help their clients by providing leads to continued services. For example, if they do siding, you can replace the windows. Make the deal sweet enough they’ll be happy to refer their customers to you.
    2. Provide educational Brochures to your clients. Print up brochures, and have plenty on hand, to give to everyone who walks in the door or asks, “And what do you do?” Eye-catching, interest-holding, clearly-worded brochures are effective spokespersons for your company. Concisely describe the business you’re in, the services you provide, and why you’re different from and superior to your competitors. Make these brochures personal to the client and the area you serve. Professionally produced, these are a great asset to you and your business.
    3. Reach new customers and keep in contact with previous clients with a Newsletter. Printed and distributed quarterly, packed with educational information about your business and services, newsletters build your reputation as a knowledgeable and at-hand professional. They’ll keep your company in the minds of those you’ve served in the past, and present you to those you’ve not previously reached.
    4. Go where the potential clients go: Social Media Marketing. Today, most clients looking for services simply Google for information. Be on top of SEO for your business. Keep your website sharp and up-to-date. Implement key words. Get reviews. Take advantage of links from both local and business-related websites. Connect with referral sources on Facebook and LinkedIn and join groups that are about your business. Keep an updated Facebook page for your company. Be on Twitter, have a website blog, post educational articles. The opportunities to interact and inform prospects and clients are nearly endless with social media marketing. Take advantage of it all.

     

    Implementing a clear marketing strategy ensures that potential customers are aware of your business and grows your business. Shape your business tactics to attract and keep the clients you need and are designed to serve.

     

    Culver-Newlin is dedicated to serving Southern California’s schools and businesses by providing quality furniture at affordable prices. Our customer service is peerless, and we intend to keep it that way. For the highest quality and latest innovations in school furnishings and for the modern, ergonomic workplace, call 949-288-6739 today for more information. We’ll set you up right.

  8. A “Farmer’s Almanac” of Predictions for Business Success

    Aug 20, 2016  //  by admin  //  blog  //  No Comments

    Many devour the Farmer’s Almanac as the Bible, believing everything it contains. Gardeners and farmers and people looking ahead to each season scour its pages for an edge of information. Culver-Newlin provides you with these predictions for business success. These tips will stand the test of time, enabling you to build a head of steam for getting ahead in the workplace.

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    1. Successful networking prepares the ground for breaking into new areas or for gaining ground where you are now.  “Reach out and touch someone.” Tap your peers and superiors for assistance in climbing the ladder. Then when the sun shines on the seeds you’ve sown, you can reap rich from your network strategy.
    2. Stay abreast of shifting trends. When the winds of people’s needs and desires change direction, adjust your product lines to coincide and fill your sails, uh, sales. For long range success, keep your business line aligned with the purchasing trends of your customers.
    3. Remember that customer service is the heartbeat and bottom line of business success. People need, and so people shop. And they prefer to buy from friendly, accommodating sales personnel. The old adage that the customer is always right remains the mantra of the successful business. Customer service is classy, classic, and friendly, and forecasts a bright outlook for your company. Don’t discount it.
    4. Provide value to your customers. Quality products and services are non-negotiable for successful business. Bang for the buck can’t be beat. Everyone is looking for it. Provide it without fail and you’ll be planting your business in perfect conditions for growth.
    5. Shine in your chosen field of business.
    • Have a reputation for integrity.
    • Be a company of team-workers with exuberant energy.
    • Pick the brains of each employee.
    • Find solutions for customer complaints.
    • Benefit by learning from mistakes.
    • Acknowledge and reward workers who stand out in the office.
    • Build hard work and perseverance into every project.
    • Follow your passion with creativity.

     

    Taken together, these tips provide the right conditions for growing business success.

     

    Culver-Newlin has stood out from our competitors for over 50 years. Our family owned and operated school and office furniture business provides superior service and quality products to our customers in Southern California. Call us today at 949-288-6739. Visit our showroom and distribution center. Our sales team will work with you from furniture choice and space arrangement to delivery and set-up. Our passion is your promise for product-perfect selection and customer service that exceeds your expectations. For more information, visit Culver-Newlin online. Furnish your office or school with the latest in quality furniture. Celebrate your business success!

  9. Are You Cut From Teacher-Cloth?

    Aug 10, 2016  //  by admin  //  blog  //  No Comments

    Ask anyone and he or she will vividly recall a favorite teacher. The one who sparked the love of math or chemistry. The one who introduced the magic of words that opened the world through books. The one who drew out the ability no one else recognized as being within. The second grade teacher who had infinite patience and a humped back from bending down to little desks, helping little students form letters with big awkward pencils. The instructor with an ear that heard the sweet clear voice in choir and gave the singer wings.

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    Culver-Newlin provides the following characteristics found in the best of teachers to discover for yourself if you’re cut from teacher-cloth. No one has all the traits. But as you read, you’ll recognize the abilities within that can become world-class teacher-cloth – and you may well be cut from it.

     

    Individuals cut from teacher-cloth are a special breed. No question. These brave souls can be the first interaction a child has with authority. The first person to corral energy and direct it toward hands-on learning. To teach the concepts of fair-play and turn-taking and the breath-taking awe of the solar system. To infuse souls with the thrill of life-long learning. What makes this special breed tick? What enables them to effectively spend their days shaping the clay of little hearts and minds into future doctors and daddies and day-care providers who will, in turn, shape the clay of still other hearts and minds?

     

    1. Passion.  Teacher-cloth teachers love what they do and recognize they’re making an early difference in lives. They’re motivated by the opportunity to instill knowledge and broaden horizons for these little ones with upturned faces. Challenges are met with steady hand and spirit and smile. These teachers love to teach.
    2. Perseverance. The teacher’s day is unpredictable and sometimes downright zany, especially when the students are elementary-age. The teacher-cloth instructor recognizes when structure must be set aside for the unexpected intrusions. Adjustments are the ever-present Plan B. Discipline doesn’t disappear, it merely moves aside for the moment. And everything is back on track when the time is right and the distractions are overcome.
    3. Patient. Teacher-cloth teachers have patience with little rascals, with the shy student, with the easily-distracted ones, with those for whom learning is easy and those for whom learning is toil. And with pushy parents or picky parents. These tests strengthen this teacher’s resolve to do the very best that can be done to direct and focus eager minds and energized bodies toward the prize of learning. And to reassure parents that their child is, indeed, earning the learning prize. Small victories add up throughout the days and months and years for this teacher. And no one forgets the patience of the teacher.
    4. Personality. The teacher-cloth teacher has the right personality for dealing with new students, misbehaving students, and the mistreated child. Approachable, eye-level, comfortable with his or herself and so comfortable with others, one to whom laughter comes easy, who has high expectations for the students – and helps each one reach for those heights. Positive and friendly. Creative with a vivid imagination of things that could be. One who discovers a personal method that works and works that method to perfection. Who knows that involved students are busy students, and busy students are better-behaved students. An encourager extraordinaire. One who sings praises when praise-singing is in order. Who claps hands and smiles – a lot. Whose influence lingers for life.
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    School teachers aren’t angels. Then again, they may be. And we certainly remember the ones we thought came close. If you’re wondering if you’re teacher-cloth cut, Culver-Newlin encourages you to find out. You may very well be the teacher every one of your students remembers long after they’re gone from your classroom.

     

    For over fifty years, Culver-Newlin has supported teachers and education and furnished schools and offices with the finest of furniture. Our showroom and distribution center in Southern California stocks the latest innovations and best quality furnishings for schoolrooms and businesses. Call today and our sales team and design staff will provide you with the attention and information you need for product selection and space planning. We deliver and set up your purchases, working with you and within your budget. We’re proud of our customer service record, and are here to serve you. Contact us online or call 949-288-6739.

  10. What Does It Take to Build Your Business?

    Jul 20, 2016  //  by admin  //  blog  //  No Comments

    Are you sitting, staring out the office window, wondering what it takes to build your business? You started at the gun, running out of the chute in fine form, and have stayed in the race, but the momentum has slowed, and the growth is mediocre. Do you wonder if you need to improve your product line? Do you wonder if your employees are giving their best? Are you hoping the magic solution will somehow present itself? Culver-Newlin has a suggestion for you – go back to the gate. Return to your first love: Sales. Isn’t that how you started your business?

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    The heart of all sustained business growth is sales. McDonald’s does it. Ford does it. Neiman-Marcus does it. Natural Foods does it. Avon does it. Selling is the lifeline of business, big and small. Sales build your business. So how much time are you giving to sales?

     

    Is yours a start-up business? Sales should be scheduled in as the majority of your day. And start bright and early. If your business is up and running, mark in 2-3 hours daily to get out there and find new customers. Start early. Sell first. There’s nothing more important. You started the business. You know what it takes to build your business. Get out there. Get at it. Get it done.

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    People and other businesses need your product. They’re looking for the right contact. Find them and sign them up. Success is a process – a process of walking in and pitching your product. And success comes as you keep at it. Everyone is a potential customer. Opportunity awaits your contact. And small wins add up. Remember: sales go up as you go out and make them.

     

    When your passion is to do whatever it takes to build your business, you’ll get it done. Reach for every opportunity and SALE on. That is exactly how Culver-Newlin has built success in the school and office furniture business.

     

    Culver-Newlin is a family-owned and operated business that has made providing our customers with excellent service and quality products our passion for over 50 years. Visit our showroom and distribution center for the latest in school and office furnishings. We’ll work with you every step from choice to set-up and all within your budget. We know that selling a great product and supporting our customers with great service is what it takes to build a business. Call 949-288-6739 or visit us online for more information.