This resource gives a general overview of the different ways the creation of physical space impacts the climate of your classroom. In addition to this, it lists tips and strategies to increase student learning, productivity, and achievement.
Risers would be used during circle time and lessons that do not require students to be at a desk. It would make it easier for everyone to see. White boards could be used by both students and teachers. http://www.learningspaces.co.uk/blog/classroom-furniture/