Are Teachers Distracting Students With Bad Interior Design?

Busy Classroom DisplayFew environments feature such a cacophony of decor as the elementary school classroom. Colorful bulletin boards, scientific posters, state maps, and student artwork tend to cover nearly every inch of wall space. Yet a new study on classroom design from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that all that educational flair may not be all that great for getting kids to learn. Read more in this Co.Design feature from Fast Company »

Superintendent Pam Moran encourages educators to consider replacing commercial products with student-made work that adds value and ownership for learners and their learning. Change student work as units change. Involve students in the process of designing and changing wall and bulletin board space. Ask them for their ideas and help. It’s a simple engagement strategy that can pay dividends in learning.