Environment Plays a Role in Learning

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Research reveals that the environment can enhance or diminish a students ability to learn. Then traditional method ha become ineffective and out-dated, and can hinder the students learning capacity. Schools are beginning to change the format in which they educate to accommodate individual students unique learning style. This paper will go over 3 different areas of learning and how the environment plays a role in the areas. Then traditional setting, the informal outdoors, and having the learning environment reflect the individual. Environment is in this case is defined as a students physical surroundings, and affect emotionally.

The traditional classroom setting does not effectively nurture every student’s ability to learn. Students personalities and genetic make-up are unique. The traditional classroom can be too rigid for some students, it lacks stimulation, hinders creativity, and diminishes a students ability to learn and can cause stress. These students find it difficult to adapt to their surroundings, putting them at a disadvantage. They begin to show signs of disinterest and or inability to focus. Some students may exhibit negative behavior. Teachers may mistake their behavior for intentionally disrupting the class. This type of behavior often leads to the student being reprimanded. Eventually the student can even become typecast as a “bad kid” by other students. The classroom now becomes something a student fears causing stress and anxiety, making it impossible to learn. CITE

Wilmes states “stress causes the “fight or flight” syndrome for many students…..glucose the feel of the brain, travels from center of brain where reasoning and thought occur and goes to the muscles. Once stress of fright develops it takes time for the body to recover, sometimes days ????? to learn. Chronic stress produces excess glucocorticoids-toxic to neurons. END CITE

Some students learning ability is impaired bye the physical environment. Traditional classrooms are tailored to focus attention on what’s in front of them. Their interaction with other students is limited. The metal chairs and desks are uncomfortable. Their ability to creatively think is blocked. The student becomes preoccupied with finding a comfortable position. CITE

Clearing House cite agrees “The resulting stress causes weariness, discomfort, frequent postural change…..for which he is reprimanded. (One student) becomes increasingly uncomfortable and stops concentrating. END CITE

Educators need to acknowledge that the traditional approach to education is no longer effective. In order to produce and enriching environment, teachers must adjust to the students learning style. Customizing a students learning environment to produce optimal results should become a priority.

The informal - outdoor setting is highly stimulating. It creates a positive atmosphere in which students will recall the lessons throughout their entire lives. They have the freedom to explore and be themselves. Students can learn without fear of being reprimanded for distracting the classroom by moving or making noise. Students become relaxed, resulting in absorbing and retaining the lesson being taught. Outdoor learning is especially effective in younger students. It’s essential for students to experience positive, emotions when learning at a young age.

The emotional experience while in a classroom: Children’s emotional experience when they begin school is detrimental. It will determine how they view education in the years that follow. Young students connect the outdoors with playtime. Playtime is fun and exciting. The lesson becomes fun and exciting, stimulating their brain. The fresh air energizes their minds and bodies. The Vitamin A from natural sunlight enhances mood. CITE

Beard (2006) “The natural surroundings….energize and revitalize (people) and beckon them back to their primitive roots….(there’s a) plethora of sensory images (students) experience….(that) often tap...
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