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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One of the most attractive attributes to a horse is their long wild flowing manes and tail. Each animal has unique hair, yet all as beautiful as one another. However hair on the upper lip in the shape of a mustache is a less commonly known place for horses to flourish hair growth.
Mustaches are common with breeds such as the Gypsy Vanner horse breed, who are known for their gorgeous flaxen coats, flowing hoof feathering and full luxurious manes and tails. The facial hair that this breed sports is linked to the gene which produces heavy growth of hair in other places on the horse’s body.
The Gypsy’s are not the only horses to grow mustaches however, as the gene of hair in horses is cumulative. This means that the more copies of the gene in the animal will produce more hair. Therefore certain horses will have more copies and as a result, more hair. This is a valid reason for why not all horses grow mustaches whilst others do.
The Shire breed is another horse that mustaches are common with. Mustangs and Quarter Horses also grow mustaches to protect them from the cold. Some horses will grow them in winter and shed them in summer as a kind of upper lip winter coat.