Classroom Setting and Motivation

This week, I spent a lot of time working on my Universal Intervention Plan project. I focused a large portion of my research on classroom setting and the ways it relates to student motivation. Overall, I learned that classroom setting makes a huge difference for students. It establishes the priorities of the classroom and conveys the motivations and expectations of the teacher. Studies have shown that students focus better and engage in class more when the classroom is filled with warm colors, soft items, and natural light. The setup of desks in a classroom plays an important role when it comes to classroom expectations. Desks that are arranged in clusters encourages student collaboration. Desks arranged in rows promotes a teacher-focused environment. It is also incredibly important that teachers showcase student work. This relates to the need for belonging, as explained in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. A classroom should be a place that focuses attention on learning, not a place that distracts students from the content that is being taught.

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