Comfort and Joy: Learning Space Matters

Everyone should have an opportunity to learn in a positive environment, to enjoy the learning process, and feel comfortable and content in it-Barry Saide

Have you ever had to sit in a squeaky or wobbly chair for an extended period of time, or listen to an unusually loud tick of a clock? Although these things seem small and insignificant, they can be huge distractions in a learning environment.  How do small discomforts interfere with teaching and learning?

Okay, so I will be upfront and say that one of my pet peeves as a classroom teacher was seeing coats on the floor. My classroom was never equipped with enough hooks for coats and book bags so eventually they would end up sprawled over the floor. I spent so much time throughout the day addressing “the coats” (eye roll).jacket  One  day a colleague suggested that I direct students to place their coats in their book bags each morning, and place their book bags on the hooks. It worked like a charm!

This coat saga made me realize that I needed tricks to keep my classroom clean and comfortable. I also had to take more of an interest in how my students felt about our classroom space. I quickly found out that they didn’t like my air fresheners, preferred dim lighting, and needed more flexible learning spaces. Consider how lighting, odors, and noises impact the learning environment. Are there small adjustments you can make to add comfort and joy to your classroom?

Check out a few resources I found on this topic.

Why Learning Space Matters

Limit Distractions with Effective Classroom Arrangement

Begin with the Brain

Happy reading,

Dr. Joy


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3 Thoughts to “Comfort and Joy: Learning Space Matters”

  1. Eric

    I think your blog is Great. Continue the good work.

  2. Akilah Ellison

    I enjoyed the post and the topic of joy is inspirational!

  3. Ahhh…I can so relate to the coat saga! The best remedy I came up with was making it someone’s class job. My ‘coat keeper’ would take care of it. Learning environment is everything, and you’re right, it’s all about the little things! Keep these blog posts coming, Dr. Joy!

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