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This may stop you in your tracks

Little research apparently has been done about how to make effective use of classroom walls. Anecdotically many of us are impressed and feel the energy of a creatively decorated classroom.

But, in some instances, it appears we may want to rethink our reactions. A new study, reported in The New York Times today, found that when kindergartners were taught in highly decorated classrooms, they were more distracted than when they were taught in a room that was comparatively spartan.

Does this new study give you pause? Stop you in your tracks? Does the new study have you rethinking how early in August you’ll be in your classroom decorating? BlogCEA wants to hear about your reactions.

2 Comments
  1. Although I didn’t teach in a full size classroom as a speech-language pathologist, I found that my students seemed to appreciate my smaller classroom, decorated with seasonal decorations, small lamps, attractive items in the hall window, a flag or poster on the door, an attractive bulletin board and books displayed on top of the bookcase. I think it made my room comfortable, homey and indicated my sincere care for my students and their comfort.
    Teachers and parents complimented me on the surroundings and the change in the appearance of the room, a spartan look, after my retirement. Children recognize who truly cares, which goes beyond delivery of services for which one is hired.
    It took nearly twenty years for me to have a room of my own which I did not share with other itinerant specialists. During that time, I always attempted to put my stamp on the space I shared with one or more specialists. I think it indicated it was my students’ space when we used it together. They knew they were welcome and their needs were important.
    I do not agree with or understand the use of a spartan room unless a student is so distractible or in danger of hurting himself or others with items in the space.

    June 11, 2014
  2. Rosanne Neri #

    Ok who does the studies! Students appreciate their work displayed on the walls of the classroom and the decorations indicate that the teacher cares about herself or himself, the students, and the environment. Spartan classroom will just says I don’t care how my room looks because it’s just a room. Are the decorations in your house and child’s room a distraction? Or does it say this is who I am,these are the people I want to be happy, and it’s not just a job? In my 31 years of experience, a Spartan classroom told me and the students that they weren’t worthy enough for the teacher to spend time making the room look more like home than a place that they had to be but we’re not welcomed.

    June 11, 2014

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