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Joined: Apr 18, 2007
Posted Apr 18, 2007 at 12:50:19 PM
Subject: Physical Classroom Environment
As a substitute for the past several years I have seen many differenc classroom environments. Now I am going to have my own class and I would like some input on wall decorations, posters and hanging things from the ceilings. My instinct is that LD students and even typical students focus better if there is some quiet or blank space on the walls and nothing dangling from the ceilings. I also believe that limiting some of the personal furniture that teachers bring into the class would help. Any thoughts? Has anyone tried to tone down their walls and seen a positive result? Thank you for any help you can offer.
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Joined Feb 06, 2005
Posted:Apr 19, 2007 5:38:33 AM
Hi Brea Mob,
Though in regard to furniture, a major issue is with the classroom acoustics? Where typically, sounds are reflected, rather than absorbed. Given that all surfaces in the classroom, are usually hard surfaces. So the slightest sound is bounced around the classroom.
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Joined May 09, 2007
Posted:May 09, 2007 3:14:16 PM
You are quite right about visual distractions. Follow your instinct on this. Sunlight glaring onto the blackboard can also be a forgotten interference.
Let me share my child's experience in what I consider the worst possible scenario. This was a split Grade Two/Three class of 72 students in a language immersion setting. A double classroom was divided with a floor-to-ceiling folding door. I'm sure you can imagine it.
Distractions were multi-sensory, but here are a few of them:
- Odors and noise from the adjoining school kitchen (recycling of beverage containers done during class time; juice boxes, etc. drained in kitchen, without thoroughly flushing/bleaching drains -- mold growing?)
One of the greatest stresses came from the sheer noise of having so many children in such a small space, moving chairs on the floor, etc.
And of course, children in primary school should have a single teacher for optimum performance. Attachment to the teacher aids learning at this age. Instead, there was a complex schedule involving splitting the children up and moving around from classroom to classroom and teacher to teacher several times daily.
My advice is to avoid all of these distractions. I felt very sorry for the children and teachers in this situation, which was the disaster you might imagine.
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