Does Setting Matter?

Where in school do you feel most comfortable? Is it at the LLC, or your favorite teacher’s classroom? Is it quiet or does it make you feel like you’re being watched? Where you learn is very important. “The ideal classroom is a positive place where a student can come to work toward specific goals set before them in the class objectives. The teacher is to be positive, organized, outgoing, confident, and compassionate. The instructor often sets the tone for the entire classroom,” according to the UT-Martin Teacher Education Unit NCATE Accreditation web site. According to our informal poll, many students like to learn in a quiet dimmed class.  Several students said that when there’s a lot of people in a class and its bright, they could easily get distracted by other students or space out and not pay attention.  Here at Smitha Middle school, in Ms. Whaley’s 8th grade reading class, many students state that they feel the most comfortable here because her room makes them feel like they’re at home.  The room also makes them feel like reading isn’t boring.  On the other hand, students state that some of their other classes makes them feel sleepy because their classrooms feel boring.  Also, classes that are bright and crowded can feel stressful.  This puts additional pressure on students.  Now the question is, where do YOU feel more comfortable in school? Where do you achieve all your goals and where do you think you improve more? Let us know!