In the modern educational environment the use of space is all important. From seating plans to the positioning of an important wall chart, a whole range of factors can impact and enhance the learning experience for your students. Find out how to make the most of your classroom layout and use wall chart products to promote engaged learning.
In the 21st century classroom the way you use space is extremely important. Educational experts and psychologists have been highlighting this fact for years and now it is time to put the theory into practice. Keep reading to learn how to optimise your classroom, from your seating plan to your wall chart displays, to promote good behaviour and great learning.
We all intuitively understand that the spaces around us directly affect us, but very few people actively consider exactly how much of an impact our surroundings have on the way we feel and behave. Think about your favourite shop, gallery or restaurant, how do these spaces work to make you feel comfortable, excited, interested or inspired? Now consider your least favourite shop, how does its layout and décor make you feel?
The effect that surroundings have on adults is substantial, so imagine how young children and older students are impacted by their learning environment. Traditionally a classroom is laid out in rows of tables or desks facing the front. Displayed on the walls there is often a collection of badly placed wall chart and poster displays which are either distracting or unreadable. Yet it does not have to be this way, there are dozens of space solutions which can turn your classroom into a learning Nirvana.
One of the key ‘areas’ in which British classrooms fail spatially is that their displays are over stimulating. When a wall chart display becomes cluttered or confused it can actually have a negative impact, detracting attention from a lesson’s focal point and garbling the initial, helpful message of the wall chart.
The vital thing to remember when creating any kind of wall display is that ‘less is more’. A bright and colourful classroom is all very well, but a muddled mess on the wall will not promote concentration or an organised approach to learning. Use one wall chart in its own space at a time. Use each wall chart to present information clearly and simply in each area of the room and you will dramatically boost the effect that each informational wall chart has.
Another key problem is availability of space. With burgeoning class sizes and low-capacity classrooms this is a trickier problem to solve. Ideally each student should be able to move and work easily without bumping into other students.
Other tips include:
• Providing each student with their own, personal drawer or storage space to promote respect for personal space
• Placing wall chart displays at eye level for children, not adults
• Ensuring there is access to water in every classroom
• Making certain the furniture is the appropriate size and shape for your intake
• Making sure children with attention difficulties are seated in areas with minimal distraction from other students and wall chart displays
Daydream Education is an educational resource specialist that provides thousands of fantastic, specially designed wall chart products and educational resources to enhance and encourage learning. Visit the Daydream Education website today to learn more about their ethos and to find fantastic wall chart designs!