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How the Right Classroom Design Can Improve Students’ Performance

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Students’ physical environment can greatly affect their academic performance and their general state of mind. Designing an appropriate environment that will set the tone for learning, boost students’ concentration and inspire creativity can bring about much better results, and enhance student engagement in the classroom. From the right choice of colors to appropriate lighting, simple design solutions can help educators around the world create classrooms that will inspire and motivate students to achieve better results.

Classroom layout for improved communication

The orderly arranged classroom desks are a thing of the past. Modern classroom designs should feature layouts that encourage cooperation and teamwork among students. While it’s already known that desk arranged in a semi-circle, for example, improve communication in the classroom, there are still schools that stick to the traditional layout. Switching to a more flexible classroom arrangement that can be easily changed depending on students’ needs and classroom curriculum can provide everyone with a functional yet inspiring classroom design that can meet their learning needs. In addition, it’s important that a classroom features a layout with great traffic flow, especially when it comes to younger learners who often need to move around.

Home-inspired comforts in the classroom

Creating a comfortable and familiar environment is particularly important for young learners who need to feel safe in the classroom. This has led to introducing certain homey comforts into the classroom and creating lounge areas with pillows and rugs. Not only does this contribute to the general coziness of classrooms, but it also provides sensory students with a comfortable area where they can retreat to. Furthermore, such areas in the classroom can boost concentration and learning by reducing noise and provide students with cozy corners to socialize during breaks.

The right colors for visual stimulation

Colors in the classroom are another important design factor that can boost students’ progress and academic achievement. Since colors can have a major impact on a person’s mood and state of mind, choosing the right colors for the classroom is of the utmost importance. While red, orange and yellow can be quite stimulating and energizing, blue and green are soothing and perfect for boosting students’ focus. Studies have shown that warm colors are a better option for younger students, while cool tones are more appropriate for older learners. Nonetheless, the key lies in creating a balance between different colors in order to create a learning environment that is neither too calming nor too stimulating.

Technology in the classroom

Technologically revolutionized classrooms bring numerous benefits to education, enabling teachers to enhance students’ learning and engagement. In addition, introducing technology to the classroom can contribute to personalized learning. From one to one devices to tech tools of the future, implementing such advances in the classroom can make both teaching and learning easier and more fun.

Comfortable furniture matters, too

Ergonomic desks and chairs can contribute to students’ comfort and consequently enable them to focus better on their tasks. When equipping classrooms with high-quality and stylish school furniture, educators should choose pieces that can be easily moved around to meet students’ learning needs and suit different classroom activities. In addition, interestingly designed furniture can contribute to the visual appeal of a classroom, which can make students feel more comfortable.

Air quality and lighting for better concentration

Not only does low air quality lead to decreased student attendance, but it also affects teachers, impeding their teaching abilities. The appropriate temperature and air circulation can boost students’ focus and contribute to their success. Apart from air quality and temperature, daylight is another important physical factor that can enhance the learning atmosphere in the classroom.

By considering different design elements, such as lighting, layout, and furniture, and including technological innovations, educators will be able to create stimulating and inspiring learning environments for their students that will boost their performance.

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Head of Educational Technology at a large International School in Singapore. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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  • The classroom environment is so important to teaching. I truly belie that it all goes back to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, explaining that in order for children to learn, they must feel comfortable. I like the idea of using colors to stimulate learning. I never heard of using bright tones with young children before, but it makes sense. I will be sure to take this into consideration when designing my classroom.

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