Having a good environment is fundamental to making learning pleasant – instead of turning it into a daily torture. Many studies show that environment is one of the most important factors in education, and that is why things such as the layout of desks, lighting and the existence of different areas inside the classroom can affect the learning process.
1. Layout of the desks
A classical arrangement is to put the desks in several rows facing the teacher’s desk. But this is just one of many ways of organising a classroom.
This seems to be the best way for the teacher to present ideas to the students, because all of them will have the advantage of enjoying a clear view of the teacher and the board. Interaction of the whole group is also easier, as well as projecting videos and any other visual media without the risk of anyone complaining of a poor view.
Besides, when students are arranged in a U shape, they can see the whole group thus they feel more confident in participating and asking questions. This all makes learning usually more effective.
Some teachers prefer to focus on the individual needs of each student. In that case, desks can be organised in small groups or learning stations where they can help each other solve different exercises. The teacher can move around, helping each group where they need it the most.
A classroom should be a space that welcomes different desks’ arrangement to benefit the student’s learning process. Ideally, desks should be light and easy to handle so the space can be rearranged quickly and be used by different groups of students.
Proper lighting in the classroom is essential, as students are constantly focusing their sight on books and papers. However, it should be noticed that excessive light might make some of the students restless or hyperactive. For this reason, it’s always better to use the natural light that is provided by windows. Of course, some artificial light is also necessary for the winter months or a cloudy day. Lights can be installed in the ceiling or the walls, and ideally they should be adjusted depending on the kind of lesson.
3. Different Areas
The classroom shouldn’t be dominated by the layout of the desks. In fact, it can be arranged in such a way that different areas co-exist in the same space. For instance, cushions and pillows can be kept in the back so students can sit there in a more relaxing way during a reading hour. Having to stay at their desks for at least six hours every day can be quite stressful for them, so if they have the opportunity to move inside the class and change seats they will feel more motivated to learn.
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