Direct links to nature affect students and teachers.
Value of green views explained.
Environmental energy levels and planned activities align for successful design.
Classrooms should not be visually complex. As researchers from Carnegie Mellon report “Maps, number lines, shapes, artwork and other materials tend to cover elementary classroom walls. However, new research . . . shows that too much of a good thing may end up disrupting attention and learning in young children.” Fisher, Godwin, and Seltman learned that “children in highly decorated classrooms were more distracted, spent more time off-task and demonstrated smaller learning gains than when the decorations were removed.”
Best plan: coordinate postures
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Previous research has shown that educational advantages accrue when vegetation is visible through school windows (for example, see Designing for Play). Kelz and her colleagues “investigated the influence of a redesign (greening) of a [middle school] schoolyard on pupils’ [average age 14.4 years] physiological stress, psychological well-being, and executive functioning.” Research was conducted at three schools in rural Austria and “The renovated schoolyard significantly diminished pupils’ physiolog
Humans need territories.
Designing for fun isn't as easy as you might think.
People with ASD or ADHD live better lives when places and objects they use are designed to reflect how they experience their physical world.