If you’ve ever sat at a rigid, fixed desk and chair for any length of time, you know how uncomfortable this nonconforming setup can be. Whether a student trying to learn and engage in a classroom, or an employee tasked with being productive and creative at work, natural body comfort and alignment is closely tied with how well we feel and perform.
In fact, study after study confirms what we know intrinsically: that our physical surroundings — from the chair we sit in to the air temperature in a room — make a difference. Energy levels, the ability to focus, and even rates of absenteeism are all linked to our physical surroundings.Read More
Although the nature of work, school, and how we take care of ourselves is changing, we humans — whether as children or adults — continue to spend a significant amount of time together in a physical place, such as an office building, school, or health facility.
What impact do these spaces have on our engagement and well-being? And how can we create environments that encourage greater interconnection and productivity?
Colors in the classroom environment that should maximize information retention, stimulate participation, and will boost active learning. But what colors are the best to achieve these results for active learning? The key to creating an environment conducive to learning in a classroom is to not over-stimulate learners.
Color can affect our feelings, memory, attention and motivation to work due to their impact on our emotions. Here are 5 colors in the classroom that you should consider such as a room’s wall color, or a select accent, such as chairs, desks or tables, depending on the intended effect.
Color - bright colors in particular - stimulate the brain and help boost memory. In the past, color was primarily used as a tool to influence early learners, but recently it’s been shown that this effect carries across all age groups. According to the College of St. Scholastica, “color does indeed have an impact on student behavior, academic performance, and feelings of well-being”. In addition to their overall influence, each color has specific traits that impact students in different ways. For example, blues and greens are often seen as calming, while reds and oranges are more invigorating. Let’s take a look at how you can incorporate color into your classroom in order to encourage learning and improve the mood of your students.Read More