Implementing Successful Decorating Techniques in the Classroom
Implementing Successful Decorating Techniques in the Classroom
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

Although it’s the end of the year, and most teachers are packing up their classrooms, we thought it’d be helpful to discuss some successful decorating strategies for both traditional and nontraditional learning environments. Although it can be tempting to go all out when putting up decorations for the new school year, research shows that many students are actually more comfortable without that sensory overload. The overabundance of posters and trinkets can be disruptive to learning processes for many kids.

Particularly in lower education, teachers feel that decorations will create a more inviting classroom that is not just a rigid, bare-walled prison. Without any decor, students will sometimes find ways to waste time, distract each other, or find it hard to get inspired, but the studies show that too many posters can create visual distractions that are even more detrimental.

Veteran teachers advocate for only the necessary decorations—the posters that present information that will actually be helpful to students. Many special education teachers also suggest holding off on putting up too many decorations until you’ve gotten to know your students. That way you can personalize based on specific curriculum or needs the students have.

If you’re struggling to come up with ways to set up your classroom so as to create the best learning environment, Bright Hub Education has a few starter ideas about what materials you may need. Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning also has an in-depth guide to successfully implementing posters so as to enable visual learning. Ultimately, you know what’s best for your students, so use your best discretion when it comes time to set up your classroom for the new school year.