The Potential of Your Classroom

Potential. As a teacher, you see it every day: in your students, in your fellow teachers, in your school. There is another place, though, that may not come to mind when you think of potential: your classroom environment.

A new study by Stalford University in Manchester, England found that the classroom environment can affect student learning by as much as a full year’s worth of learning material. Some factors are out of your control, like being dependent on the way the building was constructed, but there are some small changes you can make that have a big impact on your students and your success:

Idea 1: Switch it up! Put up new wall material (lots of colors, new imagery, even just moving things around from one side of the room to the other helps change things up). Students definitely like to be heard. Put up an opinions board to let them know you’re listening! It’s an easy way to change up the content on the walls.

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Idea 2: Hang things on the wall in picture frames to make your classroom look more classy! (We’ll do a post on making your class a more familiar space next!)

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Idea 3. Have kids take photos of subject and topic related matter. High school students are definitely using Instagram, and will love the idea of getting their work on the wall!

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Tap into the potential of the classroom. More ideas next week!

—Mikaila

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