The positive impact of an effective classroom design


09/08/2016

How much of a difference does classroom design make to what gets accomplished in the room itself? A great difference, as it turns out. The fact is classrooms with attention placed on colour and comfort can have a positive impact on learning and engagement.

Studies by organisations such as 360 Steelcase, Salford University, and Herman Miller confirm that effective classroom design matters to students’ performance. USC Rossier Online has created an infographic on this subject. They’ve taken care to provide some useful ideas for making any classroom more interesting and engaging design-wise. These are very practical and accessible classroom design tips for teachers to bring new life into any space. You’ll also discover why it’s important.

According to USC Rossier Online, simple changes like a new coat of paint, more natural lighting and less clutter in the classroom can improve academic performance, reduce disruptive behavior and keep students on task.

Here are 5 ways classroom design can help set students up for success:

  • Layout: Improvements such as creating space for independent work or making a clear pathway to access school supplies, result in a 45% increase in academic engagement.
  • Colour: using colours strategically in classrooms and schools can decrease eye fatigue and increase student’s productivity.
  • Walls: removing clutter on the walls and personalising student spaces are easy ways to improve student focus, engagement and memorisation.
  • Light: students who are exposed to more daylight in the classroom score 26% higher on math and reading tests than those with less exposure to light.
  • Digital spaces: learning spaces go beyond the classroom walls. Display screens and audio systems are integral to successful digital learning experiences.

To see the infographic, visit here.

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