How Buildings Change The Way Kids Learn
We spent the vast majority of our time inside buildings, but we often overlook just how much the affect us. Children can be particularly susceptible to changes in buildings when they’re learning and developing.
So how exactly does a building affect a child’s learning ability?
Certain colours are more suitable for learning than others, and allow students to get the most from their experiences.
Brighter colours have a positive impact on pre-teen childrens’ learning, while more subtle, subdued colours are better for teenagers.
Temperature and airflow –
These were found to be the two most important influences on student achievement. Temperatures that are too high can cause kids to slow down, whilst stuffy air has the same effect. The simplest way to improve your students’ learning? Open a window.
Noise pollution –
School are usually designed to reduce the amount of noise interference from nearby. Rooms are closed-off and students are encouraged to be quiet. This is for good reason; noise from nearby makes it much harder for students to process what they are learning.
Room to move –
Buildings change learning by changing the behaviour of the people in them. A great way to keep the brain active is to move around every now and then. Large buildings with open spaces that students are encouraged to move through can ensure that students keep fresh, active minds and retain what they learn.
Large rooms –
Another benefits of large rooms is that they encourage creative, out-of-the-box thinking. Being stuck in a small space limits your ability to create fresh ideas.
Natural light –
Natural light works wonders in improving productivity. Studies consistently show that sunlight makes people happier, more active and more productive, whether they’re working or studying.
Areas that have low rates of school graduation benefit from transparent windows. Allowing people in the community to see into the resources and activities of the school encourage enrolment and makes children value their educational experience more.
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Famous People With Backyard Sheds
A backyard shed tends to be perceived as a rather humble structure for the use of ordinary people, not famous persons who people all around the world aspire to be. However there is quite a number of notoriously known persons whose backyard shed holds esteemed importance in their lives.
Roald Dahl wrote most of his popular children’s books in his backyard shed of which was dubbed his “writing hut’. He scared his children and his grandchildren into not disturbing him when he was in there by telling them it contained wolves.
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw is a well known playwright, and is best known for plays such as Pygmalion. He wrote most of his plays on a typewriter in his backyard shed, which was on a turntable so he could move it according to the suns direction throughout the day.
The well-known ‘Goodie’ loves his backyard shed, having described it as “one of few places I feel secure.” He has turned it into his own private oasis and personal space.
The famous British artist and sculptor kept a bed in a small backyard shed at her home to take power naps in. This is now found at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Roger Waters from the band Pink Floyd turned his backyard shed into a recording studio, where he originated the demo tracks that became the bands album The Dark Side of the Moon.
The English comedian and artist admitted that he owns five different sheds in his backyard, as they give him a place to “take some time out to escape for an hour or two.”
Britten created some of the most beautiful and famous pieces of music heard in the 20th Century in his shed at home.
Phil Pullman is known to have used to only write his novels in his shed at home. He refused to have it cleaned, fearing it would disrupt the flow of his writing. When he moved into a different house he left the shed to the illustrator Ted Dewan on the condition that it would be used for creative work only.