Keeping Classroom Walls from Distracting Learners

Creekmore, W. N.
October 1987
Education Digest;Oct1987, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p44
This article discusses some issues related to classroom environment. Educators must give attention to the classroom environment, for we may be attempting to teach children with special needs in classrooms that are distracting, nonfunctional, and counterproductive to the business of learning. The salient point is that most of these accoutrements were distracters rather than facilitators for learning and that this scene describes many classrooms in the public elementary schools of our nation. Some of today's classrooms present obstacles to the very learning they try to enhance. All materials within visual contact of learners can be not only content for learning but also potentially powerful distracters. When presenting a lesson, the professional educator is intent on introducing "new" material for consumption and learning. An acquisition wall should be used for introduction of new concepts to the class and for reintroduction of materials which the students had difficulty understanding.


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