Classrooms are avenues for learning. Children in every grade level use a particular classroom for more than 200 school days. Teachers impart knowledge inside its four walls. Visitors observe classes here. Values and discipline are not only taught but caught here. So it is a great responsibility for school stakeholders namely; teachers, parents, school officials, pupils and community to make this wonderful place conducive to learning. Here are some ways to do it:
1. Organize chairs or desks. The main focus here is the comfort of every pupil that will use them. Chairs or desks must not be too loose or too congested. There needs to be an ample space for pupils to walk on when going to the bathroom or answering board exercises.
2. Position the blackboard high enough to be seen by all pupils from front row to back, yet low enough for them to write on during board writing activities. There must be proper lighting in this area.
3. Use light colored wall paint. It makes the wall look clean and neat without catching children’s attention towards it. Avoid using dark colors for they make the room look gloomy or striking colors for they will make pupils hyperactive or uneasy in their seats.
4. Make the classroom well lit. As much as possible it must be light enough even when no electric bulbs are used. Open window and doors to make natural sunlight penetrate through it. Have fluorescent lamps positioned well so that when there is rain and the classroom is dim, they can be used and the class won’t be interrupted.
5. Choose proper curtains. Choice will be based on the type of classroom being used. If direct sunlight passes through the windows in the morning or afternoon, use long curtains so that pupils will not be disrupted by the sun’s rays. Use the same if the classroom is beside a pathway where most people pass every now and then. This will prevent pupils from peeking outside every time someone passes by. Use short curtains if the classroom needs more daylight and fresh air.
6. Decorations must be simple yet meaningful. For primary level, charts and pictures mounted on the walls of the classroom aid in self learning. Parts of the classrooms like blackboard, chairs, and tables can be labeled so as to help them in reading. Colorful charts, pictures and posters may be used. They must be displayed in an organized manner to make the classroom still look neat and conducive to learning. Calendar and attendance corner, may also be displayed
7. Have a space for children’s works. There is nothing more fulfilling for a child than seeing his work being displayed. This shows that he has done something good and he becomes more motivated to do a better piece of art.
8. Assign each child to be responsible for organizing and cleaning each part of the room. This will make them responsible and make the room always clean.
By: Noriza De Leon Fariñas | Teacher-I Orion Elem School