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Monthly Archives: July 2018

  • 7 Ways to Upgrade your Classroom Design

    The space a student is learning in can determine the fate of a lesson. Even the best curriculum can fall short if a student is unable to focus in their classroom. There is new research every day about changes that can make or break a student’s focus.

    The following tips for effective classroom design are just some of the practices many teachers are starting to implement to help their students focus.

    1. Options, options, options

    Different zones help students think differently. While you may not have the budget to buy tons of furniture, you can still change up the tables and chairs. Many teachers have started implementing a whole class meeting area, clear so that everyone will fit. This allows you to come together as a community for announcements or presentations. Different sections can help to inspire different types of thought in students as well. It helps with classroom management too, when students have options instead of forced conformity.


    1. Give students what they want

    Ask for student feedback, frequently, and then follow it. Different teachers have different methods for this, but often they will ask students two questions: “What in this room helps you learn?” and “What in this room distracts you from learning?” Take time to understand what your students tell you, and then act on it. Giving your students power over their learning environment is a powerful tool to help them become self-sufficient learners. When implemented well, this method can make a classroom sing with harmonious learning!


    1. Consider your teacher footprint

    Where are you in your classroom? How much space does your desk occupy? Can your students enter that space? Do you leave that space? These are all good questions to ask yourself when arranging a classroom for effective student learning. Many teachers are forgoing having a desk at all, and instead circulate around their room. If you can’t quite let go of that space, or need it for your lessons, consider how you can make it more approachable and student-friendly. This can be as simple as placing a 'submit work' bin on the desk, or some other interactive station. This invites students into the space, and makes a less closed-off environment.


    1. Colors and the mind

    Studies have shown that orange and yellow are colors that excite and energize us, while blues and greens tend to calm us down. If you have a quiet reading corner, consider adding some blue or green pillows or rugs to the space. Similarly, you can use bright oranges, yellows, and reds in spaces like a meeting area or imagination station. These can help stimulate your students to create and explore.


    1. Ownership of knowledge

    Encourage students to learn from their classroom – both their peers' work, and informational posters. Putting up students' work will showcase achievement and show them that you care about their success and value the effort they put in. Informational posters can be displayed alongside students' work to provide effective visual stimuli that can facilitate incidental learning. After all, it’s a good life skill to be able to find context clues in your environment. If possible, extend this past the classroom walls, and put posters and students' work up throughout the school!



    1. Accessibility

    All the beautiful decorations, and clever desk placement won’t mean anything if your students can’t access it. Make sure to consider who is in your classroom, and address any accommodations they may need. Have the space work for the students. Adjust the desk height, cabinets, hooks, and other things students use. Take note of students who have trouble seeing or hearing certain areas, and make sure to find a solution for them. While it can be difficult to remember, it can make a world of difference to your students.


    1. Cleanliness is key

    Students can get sick, or get you sick. Clean the desks and chairs regularly, or have students help you. If it is in your budget, get air purifying machines. This can really help if your school is old and the vents aren’t great. Alternatively, you could buy plants that clean the air. Students can’t learn if they’re at home sick, so help them stay well. Having students help you in this effort can create a great learning environment, while helping students feel ownership for the room.



    Make your students feel at home, valued, and in control of their learning space.

    This will lead to a happy and effective classroom!


  • How Classroom Decor Helps Students Learn

    In an age where education is rapidly evolving, tried and true educational practices are being called into question left and right. An article by the New York Times discussed the effects classroom decor can have on students' learning. The article seemed to suggest that it is negative and that students might find it distracting. It also questioned whether students, particularly kindergarten students, might learn better in an austere environment.

    The NYT article ended with a call to students for their feedback. Overwhelmingly, the students who wrote in said they found it extremely beneficial to have classroom decorations. This comes as no shock to teachers, who every year put painstaking efforts into decorating their classrooms to foster learning. So, how does classroom decor help students learn?

    Improving concentration

    By providing a stimulating environment for students to learn in, teachers are helping their students dial in, even when it is difficult for them to concentrate.

    It stands to reason that students want an engaging and dynamic environment in which they can learn. The same is true of professionals. Many office spaces are transitioning away from traditional cubicles to open floor plans and flow-inducing design. Schools may not have the bean bag chairs and cappuccino machines, but they can have creatively and effectively used wall space.

    Developing a culture of growth

    Emotions go hand-in-hand with education. Letting students be in a place that fosters learning and develops a culture of growth before words are even spoken can greatly affect a student's performance. A great way to accomplish this is by putting educational material on your walls.

    Now this may be obvious for chemistry teachers to have the periodic table, or anatomy teachers to have bone diagrams, but it’s not exclusive. Subjects across the board can make the classroom an environment that fosters education simply through posters on the wall. So, while pretty background colors, and scalloped borders are nice, consider adding in some curriculum specific content on your walls.

    Creating an engaging learning environment 

    The posters, pictures, decorations, and reminders tacked onto classroom walls around the world help to keep students engaged. They serve as a way to passively educate with informational posters, and to enforce rules and guidelines like lab protocol or classroom expectations.

    Displaying colorful, educational posters in your classroom will help to enhance the learning experience, and ensure your whole class benefits from the engaging environment you’ve created.

     Daydream Education is committed to creating positive, engaging learning environments for all students.

    Improve your classroom decor today with our educational school posters.

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