According to an article on classroom acoustics by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, there are a number of reasons why students have difficulty hearing in the classroom, including poor acoustics, background noise, and reverberation.The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory released “A Literature Review of the Effects of Natural Lighting on Building Occupants,” which shed light on how schools utilizing daylight positively affected students.
Natural lighting has been linked to increased performance, and a Johnston County, N.C. school study showed higher achievement scores in math and reading for students.While green architecture’s benefits for the environment shouldn’t be ignored, neither should its effects on student learning.
Because one of the primary missions for schools is to prepare students for the workforce, it’s important that schools model their architecture on today’s workplace environments.Consult with architects, construction experts, and learning specialists to determine how you can ensure your students have every environmental learning tool at their disposal: clear acoustics, strong visuals, and high-quality air to breathe.
The question becomes this: if a new approach to school architecture helps improve student engagement, test scores, mood, attention span, and health, why would we give our students anything less?
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