Learning Environment

The learning of environment of every student is crucial because students are able to comprehend by using different teaching practices, such as lecture, hands-on activities,   cooperative learning groups and plenty of small group and individual practice. The standard classrooms in today’s world consists of desk aligned in rows within the classroom. This order of arrangement disrupts students as it does not encourage interaction between students but rather promotes individual completion of work which shouldn’t be the case as humans are social being who do better when they work with others or interact with fellow beings.  Also, learning should not be an individual act. It is quite pivotal for teachers to make sure their students interact with each other as it paves the way for them to learn from each other.

It has been psychologically proven that, “Classroom environments are extremely important for students and for teachers. Everything from the color of the walls to the arrangement of the desks sends impressions to students and can affect the way a student learns. The emotional environment also will affect the learning environment and how well a student receives instruction.”  These are examples of ways to enhance the wellbeing of a student and their learning.  An article I came across suggests the three aspects of the classroom that should be looked at to help students learn or succeed.               Emotional Environment
Creating a positive learning environment is essential for success in the classroom. Teachers should create a welcoming atmosphere where student feel safe and willing to share. Classrooms should represent the students equally and everyone should know each other’s name. Teachers who use humor in the classroom also create more positive environments.

Physical Environments
Structuring the physical environment of a classroom means strategically placing desks, students, decorations, and playing music. Desks arranged in a circle give the impression of sharing, while coupled desks work well as workstations. The color of the walls and the decorations on the walls also send impressions. Light colors open up spaces and warm colors are welcoming. Trudie Lawrence from Envoplan supports this ideology as he states, “A successful classroom design needs to strike the balance between the teaching methods and learning styles that take place in class. Combining learning and teaching helps to create a space that facilitates both the student and the teacher and creates a much more fulfilling learning experience.   A 2006 study conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Landscape Architecture identified that windowless classrooms are linked to lower test scores for high school students. The researchers found that high school students perform better on tests if the classroom has a view of a green landscape, rather than a windowless room, or a room with a view of another building or a parking lot. Students with a green view outside a classroom window performed better on tests requiring focused attention, had less mental fatigue, and recovered better from stress. This is the first study to establish a causal relationship between exposure to a green view and students’ performance. there is growing science-based evidence that external environments deeply impact someone’s ability to learn and to score well on standardized tests.

Respectful Environments
Classrooms should be a place where students feel respected and feel their contributions matters. No student should be singled out or secluded in the classroom. Every student should feel accepted, wanted and respected.

 

References: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201601/kids-and-classrooms-why-environment-matters         http://www.education.gov.gy/web/index.php/teachers/tips-for-teaching/item/2074-importance-of-environment-in-the-classroom

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