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A new study shows how color lighting and other classroom design choices can have a huge impact on student progress.
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The Head Project (Holistic Evidence and Design), a research study of the impacts of the built environment of UK primary schools (4-11 years) on the learning rates of students, is the first study to identify the impact of the built environment on children's learning.
Six factors came out as particularly influential: light, choice for the user, flexibility, connections (such as corridors and the way different areas fit together), complexity (for instance having different types of learning areas) and colour.
There were surprises. It appears easier to over-stimulate students with vibrant colours and busy displays, than to create calm but interesting environments suitable for learning.
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Cutting-edge learning spaces are designed with flexibility and collaboration in mind, right down to the modular tables and chairs.
Second-grade teacher Erin Klein wanted a classroom where students could move around freely, sit comfortably, and work together. So she got rid of her desks. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!
David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.
Do students feel welcome in your classroom? Do you greet them when they enter? Teachers who have a positive classroom are more likely to have positive students. Those positive students make it more likely that you will have success as a teacher. Creating a positive classroom takes a few small steps for a large reward. A positive classroom environment enhances your classroom discipline and classroom management.
I think of things like the classroom (often labeled by grade level, content area, or the teacher's name), the gymnasium, the cafeteria, teacher's lounge, principal's office, auditorium, nurse's office, library or media center, computer lab, ...