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Characteristics of a Good Primary Education Classroom

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The primary purpose of the classroom is to provide the students an ideal learning environment. This can be achieved by ensuring the presence or absence of certain factors that directly or indirectly affect the learning of students.

The primary purpose of the classroom is to provide the students an ideal learning environment. This can be achieved by ensuring the presence or absence of certain factors that directly or indirectly affect the learning of students. To make the environment conducive for learning, teachers must manipulate all the resources available to them to achieve the ideal classroom.

1. Walls, ceiling and floors

The boundaries of the classroom serve as the barrier that keeps outside distractions out and student’s attention in. The important thing to remember is to prevent these boundaries from becoming distractions themselves. Bright colors of paint such as red and neon green are not ideal. Choose earth colors because they are more natural to the students’ vision. Having too many decorations can also be distracting. Detailed illustrations of popular cartoon characters for example, may be inviting but having the students’ attention in these decorations during class can become counterproductive. Use more generic illustrations like animals that can be found in nature. These parts of the classroom, as all the parts of the classroom must be devoid of sharp edges that can harm the children.

2. Furniture

For safety, large furniture must be anchored to the walls and floor. This will prevent them from falling toward the children when they become overly energetic or when natural disasters like earthquakes occur. Only put furniture that are absolutely needed; a writing board, chairs and writing desks, racks for shoes and/or bags, and storage furniture for what you regularly need for class. Special furniture and instruments specific to the subjects must also be readily available in the classroom. These instruments must have a storage place when not in use to prevent them from being damaged by the students. Having too many furniture in the classroom occupy too much space that may be used for more productive and enriching class activities. Having a bulletin board is also a good addition to the classroom for hanging posters and posting announcements. It also gives the students a chance to participate in the creation process by letting them redecorate the bulletin board regularly.

3. Lighting

The best type of light to be used is natural light. Nowadays, eco-friendly buildings are becoming a trend to school buildings. These buildings allow abundant amount of natural light to come in but also has artificial light sources when there is insufficient natural light. Artificial light must only be used when really needed.

4. Good ventilation and insulation

Classrooms must have flowing fresh air to go together with natural light, but in some countries, there are seasons where opening the windows can cause more harm than good. In general, the air in classrooms must be safe to breathe and free from offensive and irritating strong odors. It’s best to have an AC system to prevent extremes of temperature. Children in well developed countries are very particular with comfort because their environment is always controlled.

5. Access to basic needs

A good classroom must at least have access to basic needs like restrooms, a source of drinking water, and food. For all the students that will be using your classroom, having an unsatisfied need is the worst distraction. These needs must be taken care of before learning can happen.

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