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5 Tips for Decorating Your Classroom

A quick primer on how to think about the decorations in your classroom, with five research-backed tips for getting it right.

May 7, 2019

How can teachers strike the right balance of making their classroom decor welcoming, engaging, and functional—without things getting too cluttered? Research can help! There are known factors that contribute to an optimal environment for learning, like using anchor charts and diagrams, keeping some wall space clear, displaying student work, posting pictures of (and quotes from) diverse role models, and avoiding data walls.  

To dig deeper into the studies cited in the video, check out these resources:

Read more about the research behind this video in the article “Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations.” For a comprehensive look at evidence-backed practices for a wider range of elements in learning environments, read Youki Terada and Steve Merrill’s 2023 article for Edutopia, “The Science of Classroom Design.”

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