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The Impact of Classroom Design

The Impact of Classroom Design

If you’re designing a classroom from scratch, what would you prioritize? According to an article from the inaugural issue of the Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences journal, you’d want to design with these three features in mind:

  1. Lots of natural light

  2. Controlled temperature ( the optimal temperature for learning is between 68 and 74 degrees)

  3. Quiet room

While most buildings are what they are and districts lack the funds to make capital improvements, the good news is, you can still design the physical environment to positively affect student learning. Wall decor and posters can have an influence on classroom culture and learning. Read more about the “Designing Classrooms to Maximize Student Achievement” article in the Seattle Times Education Lab Blog.

Got some examples of how you influence learning and culture with art, posters, or design? We'd love to hear them. Leave a comment below and/or tweet them out with the hashtag #AWSPLF1.