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Small Things That Increase Classrooms’ Effectiveness

I believe humans thrive because we have the most developed minds, not the most vigorous strength.

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We learn something new every day. Hence, learning is a part of our lives. We can learn from almost anything. You can learn by watching documentaries, reading books, or straight up talking to someone on your front door.

The best institution for learning is, of course, school. And the most important part of school is the classroom. In school, you are taught knowledge. So, you can prepare yourself better for the long journey named life.

The classroom is where the teaching process executed. If the classroom is not adequate for learning, be it boring and undigestable for students. The school should improve them, so the students will get what they need in the first place: learning.

Colors Matter

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Psychologists said that: colors around you could influence your state of mind. Keeping that in mind, choosing the right color for the classroom’s surroundings will eventually benefit both the students and the teacher.

There is a study conducted by Melbourne University that reported restoration in persons’ focus when taking a break while enjoying green scenery. And another study showed that warm-colored placebo pills worked better as stimulants. Although some cultures give different meanings to colors, emotions provoked by colors are mostly the same.

Classroom’s occupants can benefit from colors’ effects on small things, such as choosing the appropriate background for presentation or writing with different colors to improve learning processes.

  • Suit Yourself (Literally)

In the 2004 Athen Olympics, participants in different fighting sport were given red or blue outfits randomly. Surprisingly, athletes wearing red won more events compared to the blue ones. Scientists concluded that the color red enhances competitive performance.

On the other hand, research revealed that buyers are more likely to spend more time shopping and purchasing items in stores with blue interiors than orange interiors. It may stem from the belief that color blue is identical with calmness and relaxing feeling.

Hence, students’ performance may improve by picking the right color for their activities. School’s chess team should benefit from wearing blue apparel and gadgets. But the basketball team will achieve exceptional results while wearing red attires.

Desks Placement Is Crucial

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Traditional classroom layout is known as rows or columns configuration. Rows model focuses on teacher- based activities, such as presenting, instructing, and giving examples. It is easy and doesn’t require much space. Those benefits make rows model the most widely used classroom arrangement.

However, there are some problems with this arrangement. Because this model has a considerable distance gap from the teacher’s desk for every column, students on the back of the class may receive less interactivity with the tutor. This positioning also discourages group activities and made students prone to losing focus easily.

The teacher could teach the lessons the same way, but with different results because of desk arrangement. The teacher must be able to choose the correct layout to get the most effective results.

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Focusing on individual works

Natural layout for discussion

Recommended arrangement for small groups

Easier supervision

Ample room for presentations

Supportive environment for students' interaction

Discourages group works

Not preferable for small groups

Decreased productivity

Unequal interaction between students and the teacher

Could be difficult to control students directly

Harder to access individual ability

  • Different Strokes for Different Folks

Let’s look at science lessons, for example. These subjects require understandable instruction and less interactivity than others. This reason alone may be enough for teachers to arrange the class into rows model for everyday science lessons. And change it to semi-circle or U shape for labs’ study sessions.

Subjects like Physical Education, however, needs less theory in the teaching process. Choosing the rows models may also be unwise since, in this subject, the students benefit more from giving questions and interacting. For this kind of class, it is clear that the semi-circle works best.

The truth is, there is no perfect classroom layout. A classroom model may be fruitful or unsuccessful in different conditions. For the students’ growth, Educators should be able to know what the best is.

Storytelling Works Wonder

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There is tons of benefit in storytelling. Storytelling creates a more personal interaction with students. It also gives interests and sparks for students not providing enough attention to the teacher. All learners could surely benefit from it.

Integrating storytelling into everyday teaching is simple. The most basic storytelling yet effective is using your personal story. Teachers could tell the moment they felt stuck on chapters or topics and how they find the solution. It may inspire the students and boost their confidence, so they can give that little push to achieve the goals.

Storytelling could be used to introduce problems, advising on student’s behavior, or straight up a joke. No matter what kind of story the tutors choose, they should be able to give their ingredients to make it more effective. It could be their humor, gesture, or even props if needed.

  • Stories Always Do the Trick

Storytelling is a good lesson for students. Giving tasks to students with storytelling topics is beneficial. It could be about making, criticize, or rewrite stories. In this way, students will improve their public speaking skills as well as story making abilities.

It may also break the ice in many situations. If the class is too nervous, the teachers could tell their somewhat embarrassing story. It may take some pride to do that, but it is impressive to break the tension. Students could also write their funny personal stories, and the teacher could shuffle those stories to another student. But secrecy is a must, so students must not write their identity.

The conclusion is: storytelling should be utilized more. It has so many benefits for both the student and the teacher. If tutors feel that they don’t have enough time to use storytelling, mix the lessons with stories. Use stories as an exam question, conclusion, or even examples. It doesn’t require to be a thousand words long as long as the story conveys the information needed.

Start With Small Ones and Move on to Large Goals

Improvising the classrooms can be done with small things. Teachers don’t need to start with the big things and only then move to more narrow stuff down the road. For particular cases, that could be the solution. But it may not be wise to implement changes so quickly. Just like the saying: slow and steady wins the race.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.