The question has been asked if the way a classroom is decorated affects the way a student learns. I feel that sometimes our classrooms can be over decorated. This over decoration which is fun to look at and brings life and warmth to children’s classrooms can also be the cause of distractions.
Classrooms such as kindergartens, have decorations like colorful borders and alphabet letters and colorful cellophane sheets over the windows and the concern is, do these things help or distract kids from listening and learning. It has been found that highly decorated classrooms are a bigger distraction for students, particularly the elementary years of school. These children have less ability to control their focus to assignments than kids in the higher grades, who have developed more ability to concentrate on what is in front of them and control their priorities. It has been found that children respond more not to the color and themes of a classroom but more to their own work being displayed on the walls of their class. Having their work surround them gives them a sense of accomplishment and pride. This is more likely to encourage work to be done the best they can as an extra incentive to be rewarded.
The way I feel our elementary school classrooms should be decorated is not to be gray and lifeless, but to have a good mixture of color and some themes, but in the form of the children’s own work. The classrooms should not be overly decorated by the teachers but since the children can find pride and accomplishment in seeing their own decorative creations along with their own work on the walls. Children may be better at finding a way to make a classroom feel nice and happy with their own work rather than having too much discraction added for them.