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05 Dec 2017

The design of a classroom is very important when it comes to creating a learning environment. The classroom design is suitable for students at Grades 1-5, the Elementary School since it has features that favor their study. The space of a learning environment creates an explicit culture. In other words, the space in the classroom tells more about the cultural beliefs of the school. From the lecture notes, research has it that people subconsciously ask themselves a number of questions like who the space belongs to and what people can do in and with the space when they enter a classroom space. People determine the answers to these questions by reading the clues about the space and the objects in the room.

First, the walls of the classroom are filled with charts and drawings of various subjects as well as the maps. Through this, children learning is improved since they are known to understand faster when taught things they can see and say. This is congruent with Franco, & Unrath idea that visual facilitation in the classroom helps students grasp content (2014). Drawings are incorporated to visually represent various topics, theories, and areas taught. Visual facilitation helps students remember some basic concepts they just learned in the class. Students can link the concept to the picture easily through the simple word and the pictures placed on the walls of the classroom. Effective learning and teaching take place in a neatly and well-organized classroom (Boss, 2015). The charts and drawing on the walls of the classroom will create a culture for students to revisit what they have learned with the teacher.

Notably, there is a teacher desk at the front of the class. Children in the class can get full-time supervision from the teacher on an individual basis. The manner in which the classroom is designed, the teacher will be in a position to attend to the students. The students’ desks and the chairs are arranged in columns and rows hence leaving spaces in between. The teacher can use these spaces to reach out to any student who is having difficulties in learning. Through this, the students understand better the concepts they learn in class. The teacher can utilize these spaces between the columns and rows to help students on a one on one basis. They can reach out to the students during class time and as the subject progresses. More specifically, enhancing student-teacher relationship while learning helps the teacher to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each student in the topics of the subject they are learning. Teachers can, therefore, offer support to students according to their learning need since they notice key areas they need to stress on when teaching. The teacher- student ratio in the classroom blueprint gives a teacher a favorable working environment where he/she can interact with the students more efficiently. From the blueprint design of the classroom, a teacher can walk through while teaching. The blueprint of the learning environment helps the teachers to make an all-inclusive learning process. The classroom blueprint also gives an ample space in front of the class where the teacher table is placed. This creates a culture whereby student’s needs are responded to immediately during class time. 

Consequently, the blueprint of the classroom has a clock at the back. In the study lecture notes, Johnson is recorded suggesting that the use of clocks in the classrooms represents the norm of the society to regulate activities (2016). A clock in the classroom helps to manage time effectively, hence affecting the learning environment at the classroom by keeping the students motivated and interested. Keeping a clock in the classroom is congruent with the lecture notes idea that ‘the learning environment should be formed in a manner that it meets the needs of the contemporary students and those of the future generations (2016). 

The student’s learning is affected in a greater way by the design of the classroom. Classroom designs such as the lighting and color impact greatly the progress of the students. Teachers valiantly try to give all their best when teaching new concepts to the students. The students’ learning can also be enhanced by the spacing design of the classroom. The classroom blueprint creates a favorable environment for students to study in as the spaces between the student desks gives room for teachers to move freely while teaching. Also, the blueprint of the classroom ensures free circulation of air in the class. The temperature, air quality, and the light of classroom are hence regulated. The arrangement of the chairs in rows and columns correspondingly ensures that the students are not crowded. More specifically, such a classroom environment ensures that the student’s health has been addressed. An overcrowded classroom may act as a hibernation zone for the micro-organisms causing diseases. Also, an overcrowded classroom makes the environment stuffy hence unfavorable for learning. This may go a long way to affecting the performance of the students in the school. 

 In conclusion, student achievement is largely affected by the classroom management. Students cannot learn in a poorly managed classroom. Therefore, students' results are linked to the learning environment. A well-organized and managed learning environment results to better students' performance. Additionally, the material objects give insights into the learning environment culture (Boss, 2015). Choices about materials to use affect the manner in which the students learn in the classroom. Objects do not only affect the classroom culture but also put into effect the cultural norms that go beyond the environment of the school.


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