On average, 20% of a child’s week is spent in their classroom learning environment. And yet many times these environments are cluttered and sterile—a space replete with distraction rather than calm and peace.
Classrooms shouldn’t be seen as just rooms with desks and books—a child’s sense of motivation, morale and desire to learn is connected to their learning environment. “The aesthetics of learning spaces has an impact on brain function and influences how students feel when they're in school -- as well as how they feel about their school,” said Ramona Persaud.
We live in a world where employers in a variety of different fields are beginning to place top value on critical thinking. However, in a traditional classroom setting, students are not given the opportunity to develop this integral skill for thinking “outside the box”.
In many science classrooms, students read about a particular topic in which laws, formulas, and abstract concepts are presented, and later illustrated through experimentation. This approach, unfortunately, does not allow children to develop the keen observational skills necessary to compete and excel in STEM subjects.