When was the last time that you changed the design of your classroom? A lot of educators use the same design over and over. They figure that it’s worked before, so why not continue doing the same thing?
The issue is, the way that we learn is so much different than it used to be. In fact, it’s changing almost constantly. If educators want to remain effective, the way they teach has to evolve over time. And classroom designs need to reflect and support the methods being used.
Thinking critically about classroom design is important for creating a space that supports learning, a place where students can succeed and realize their full potential. Here are some tips that can help you create a more effective and innovative classroom design.
Innovative Tips for Improving your Classroom Design
Help your students succeed by eliminating distraction in your classroom and creating a space that caters to their needs. Here are some tips that can help you get started with creating a more innovative classroom design:
1. Ask your students. The best way to find out how to improve your classroom is to ask your students directly. What parts of the classroom help the most? Which are distracting? It’s important to do this throughout the year as posters or charts become irrelevant to the concepts you’re currently teaching.
2. Less is more. A lot of teachers overcrowd their walls and classroom space from trying to do as much as they can to help their students. But in reality, what they’re really doing is creating distraction. It makes it much harder to focus when there’s a hundred things to look at and pay attention to instead of just one. Once a quarter, get rid of things on your walls and shelves that doesn’t support upcoming curriculum.
3. Create collaborative spaces. Collaborative spaces where students can discuss, work together, and participate in hands-on projects support deeper learning. Try adding a makerspace to your classroom or use alternative seating options like beanbags, cushions, or couches.
4. Condense your teacher space. If you really want to create a sense of community, it’s important to create a space that encourages interaction. You should model that behavior yourself too. Getting rid of your teacher desk or condensing your space is a great way to convey the idea that you’re all part of a community. Everyone, including yourself, is supposed to work and learn together.
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