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Why classroom design is crucial for student learning

Turn ceaseless babbling into focused and productive learning with a well-planned and inspiring classroom design. Learn what has the biggest impact.

Tired of getting your motivation and enthusiasm crushed by your student's lack of focus and never ending babble? Sorry to disappoint you, but for young students it probably feels more exciting talking about the weekend's events than finding out the derivative of a function. With the right interior design you can turn that babble in to more focused student learning.

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The importance of the school environment for productivity

school environment important for learning - classroom designPictured: left HÅG H03, right RBM Noor

Already when the students walk into the school building the surrounding affects them. In the same way as the interior design in your home affects your emotions and perception, the school environment affects your students. They need a learning environment that stimulates, engages and inspires them to work more productively and creatively. And so do you.

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Classroom design has a huge impact

A study conducted by the University of Salford in England (2012-2013) along with the architects Nightingale Associates, showed that classroom design contributed to 25 % of the student’s progress over the course of an academic year. The differences between the students from the worst designed classrooms and the best designed classrooms were mind-blowing – a FULL year’s worth of study.

Hebekk-skole_Naturfagsrom-02_resizeHebekk School, Norway. Photograph: Eli Haughen Sandnes, Planforum Arkitekter | Pictured: RBM Noor

Design parameters for conducive learning

The study found that six of ten design parameters had the most powerful impact on student learning:

Choice. The quality of the furniture in the classroom is important, and that includes ergonomic tables and chairs in an interesting design that supports the students feeling of ownership to the classroom.

Complexity. A greater school building with fresh and unique surroundings that catches attention, in balance with orderliness. 73% of the variation in student performance can be explained by the building environment factors measured in this study.

Flexibility. The possibility to easily rearrange the furniture to have a classroom design that works with different kinds of teaching approaches and activities. It is also important that your classroom can accommodate all students without getting crowded.

RBM_Ballet_6032_6030S_a[ppt]Pictured: RBM Ballet

Connection. A clear and clean corridor with quick access to classrooms and connections with other spaces. The pathways should be wide and clear.

Colour. Give your students a generous amount of visual stimulation through colour on furniture, walls and floors. Colder colours for older students and warmer colours for younger students.

Light. The quality and quantity of natural light affects students level of learning, but it is important to be able to control the level of the lighting.

So stop complaining about your students lack of focus and start working on a better and more inspiring classroom design. With the right planning, the design can push your students to perform better and enjoy the lessons more.

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