Op-ed: Classroom decorations affect students learning abilities

Zora Thomas
Business Manager

Students in a survey responded, “The lights are always turned low with relaxing music being played,” about English teacher Katie Guymon’s classroom. Photo by Addie Palmquist

Classroom decor is a valuable part of every students’ education. The amount of comfort, decorations and seat arrangement can all either help distract or focus students on their work.

In Marzano’s Dimensions of Learning, the first dimension is positive attitudes and perceptions of learning. This includes experiencing a sense of comfort and order in the classroom and in life in general. 

“The Dimensions of Learning Trainers Manual” by Robert Marzano and Debra Pickering said, “A student’s sense of comfort in the classroom is affected by such factors as room temperature, the arrangement of furniture and the amount of physical activity permitted during the school day.”

In an Echo poll of 36 responses about what students like most about teachers’ classrooms, one student said, “It has dynamic seating and lots of open space, so it doesn’t feel crowded” about English teacher Melissa Rainey’s classroom.

Another student said, “It is very spacious, and the lights are always turned down low with relaxing music being played” about English teacher Katie Guymon’s classroom.

Comfort in the classroom comes in many forms, such as furniture in addition to the standard classroom desks and seats; an example of this is couches or beanbags. Along with comfortable seating, decorations like paintings, candles, etc. can help with the aesthetic of the room. 

Mugs, a kettle and condiments line the back counter of Nicholas Kirschman’s classroom. Photo by Addie Palmquist

Each classroom is different, not only because of the decor, but also because of the environment that the students are in. A relaxing environment combined with the comfort of the classroom best prepares a student for learning.

A third respondent said, “It’s relaxing and easy-going…there’s a spot to make tea, there are blankets…” about social studies teacher Nicholas Kirschman’s room.

Class rules are a necessity to keeping a classroom looking neat all throughout the year. Not allowing any food to be left after classes makes the clean up process easier.

Some students view rules as a way to strictly control student behavior when those rules are really made to better the environment of the class.  

However, allowing students to cook or eat in classrooms can make them more involved. 

Many factors can affect how students learn in classrooms. However, what really makes the classroom is the teacher and students and the dynamic between the two, which is enhanced by the classroom’s decor.


Zora Thomas – Business Manager 

This is Zora Thomas’ first year on with Echo publications. She enjoys being involved with the school, and is looking forward to the rest of the year.


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