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Visually Complex Classrooms Bad for Learning (05-29-14)

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.”

Hiding Stress: A Good Idea (05-02-14)

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Technische Universität Dresden have studied stress and reached the conclusion that “stress is contagious.”  They learned that “Observing another person in a stressful situation can be enough to make our own bodies release the stress hormone cortisol. . . .