Do decorations in our classroom affect the learning of our students?
As teachers nationwide prepared their classrooms for the new school year, many reported being bombarded with a decorations blitz, from educational supply store promotions to classroom design blogs to Pinterest posts on themed classrooms with polka dots, cartoon characters, owls and bumblebees.
Do decorations in our classroom affect the learning of our students? It was found that when kindergartners were taught in a highly decorated classroom, they were more distracted and scored lower on tests than when they were taught in a room with bare walls.
In an experiment of two simulated classroom: one with bare walls, the other decorated with commercial materials like presidential photos, science posters and maps, as well as the children’s artwork.
During the lessons, children sat on the floor in a semicircle facing the teacher, who read aloud from a picture book. They participated in six lessons of five- to seven-minutes each in which the teacher read aloud on topics. After each lesson, the children took multiple-choice picture tests. Lessons were observed and videotaped to monitor how often the children were focused on the teacher or “off task,” distracted by themselves, other students or the visual environment.
In a simple classroom, the kindergartners got distracted by other students or even themselves. But in the decorated one, children were more likely to be distracted by the visual environment and spent far more time “off task.”
In a highly decorated classroom, children were more likely to be distracted by the visual environment.
What’s on the walls is less significant in the upper grades because concentration improves as children age. Older children are also less likely to be placed in highly decorated classrooms.
Many study affirms what many educators knew intuitively about classroom design: Too much visual stimulation can negatively impact learning. It can make a child dizzy and lose focus.
Some early childhood experts say the need for more teacher guidance on classroom design. Teacher must use simple designs and not too crowded decorations.
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