Today I was chatting with one of my teacher friends about the way we set up our classrooms. She asked me if there was a particular color scheme that I liked. Here is my response.
My response made me think about why I choose these colors. I “decorate” my room with colors I like. I think it makes my classroom fun and inviting. I’ve been commended for the my classroom environment and I think the colors I choose adds to it.
So after running through these thoughts today, how funny is it that I stumble across this article before bed?!
Jan Hoffman wrote the article, Rethinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom. In it she references a study by Fisher, Godwin & Seltman: Visual Environment, Attention Allocation, and Learning in Young Children, When Too Much of a Good Thing May Be Bad.
This study examined the affects of decorations on classroom walls. Research showed that student in classrooms with many decorations were distracted more often. Click on the link to read the article. It had a lot of good points. It definitely made me further reflect on the way I set up my classroom.
Earlier in this post I put decorate in quotation marks. I did this because I really dislike saying that I decorate my room. It sounds unprofessional to me. I also don’t think the word speaks to the amount of time and energy I put into the presentation of my classroom. The items I chose to put up may seem decorate in nature but I assure you that everything on the walls of my classroom serves a purpose.
- The work on the walls reflect student progress.
- The charts on the board are reminders of learning objectives.
- The number line and alphabet above my board is for reference.
- The word wall is for reading and spelling.
When I see my students looking around while they are working, it makes me happy. It tells me they are engaged in the room itself. I tell my kids, “Use the information around you to help you.” Sometimes it’s a spelling word, reading word, math pattern, a step, or a definition that they are looking for. I’m glad I know they can find it.
Look behind these cuties to see two charts hanging on the wall. One is for the spelling sound of the week and the other has the reading words for the week.