How to create an effective learning environment

Date: 16/11/2015     Category: School and Nursery Classrooms     Tags: Bespoke Design, Eco-Modular Building, Outdoor Classroom

Creating a positive and stimulating learning environment for children is a vital part of successful learning. Too often, classrooms are overcrowded, school buildings are in need of updating or there isn’t enough storage space. Many schools are struggling to keep up with increased numbers of students, so classrooms are forced to double up as meeting rooms or school halls. This article looks at how to create an effective learning environment so that children of all ages can achieve their full potential.

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Theories on learning environments

Over the decades there have been many theories about what creates the optimal learning environment. Theories around behaviourism promote a very traditional learning environment where the student is a passive learner. Classrooms are laid out in rows, all facing the teacher as the key focal point in the room. Another learning environment theory is cognitivism, where the student is a more active participant in the process of learning. The physical learning environment is more open, usually single or two storey buildings connected by walkways. This encourages a more inquisitive approach as pupils can move easily between indoor and outdoor learning environments.

Another core theory on learning environments is constructivism, where learning is collaborative and teachers are known as facilitators and not instructors. The physical environment is very homely, often with bean bags and cushions rather than chairs, based on research that suggests pupils learn better in a familiar, comfortable and social environment. It’s thought that many schools are moving more towards the constructivism approach when it comes to the design and layout of today’s classrooms.

Designing your classroom for the best learning environment

children playing in an effective learning environment Getting the classroom design and layout right will instantly create a more positive learning environment. Classrooms should be clearly laid out with distinctive areas for group work, arts and crafts and quiet study, and any room dividers used should be low so that the teacher can easily see the whole room. The L-Shape classroom design is popular, as students can move around the room taking part in different activities while still feeling part of one class. Classrooms that have plenty of natural light have been proven to improve pupils’ results, so where possible classrooms should be designed to face the east and west to get the best of the daylight without the glare.

Creating a familiar and comfortable learning environment

Children need to feel ownership and pride in their classroom. Where schools have to double up classrooms as school halls or meeting rooms, personal touches such as children’s displays, pegs or personal drawers can get lost. Children who work in a classroom that is familiar, with their work on display on the walls will feel a much greater responsibility to learning. If the furniture is comfortable, bright and familiar it will create a warm and stimulating environment where children can learn and grow to the best of their ability.

children gathering in an effective learning environmentIn conclusion, creating the best possible learning environment is vital to aid teaching and support child development. Light, design, layout and familiarity all contribute to creating an effective learning space where children can reach their full potential. Green Modular’s innovative modular school buildings are custom made to ensure their design and specification will meet the individual needs of your school and aid teaching and learning. Our case studies show case how our clients have benefited from the vital extra space a modular classroom, also known as a mobile classroom, can deliver.

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