MI Monday | Careful use of space in school
There is growing evidence of a correlation between the adequacy of a school facility and student behavior and performance. Almost all of the studies conducted over the past three decades, including two have found a statistically significant relationship between the condition of a school, or classroom, and student achievement. In general, students attending school in newer, better facilities score five to seventeen points higher on standardized tests than those attending in substandard buildings.
Today’s micro-innovation describes relentless efforts of a teacher, Dimple Arora, who believes that the quality of a school’s environment and its facilities has a strong influence on student learning.
Dimple and colleagues noticed that although there was a good amount of space available at Nagar Nigam school, it was not well used and the environment felt very chaotic. The teachers believed this was not good for pupils’ learning.
The school decided to introduce certain changes to the school to make it more conducive to learning. Separate toilets were introduced for nursery and grade 1 students, located very close to their classrooms; individual rooms were dedicated to serving the mid-day meals, providing medical attention and for playing games.
This micro-innovation recognises that children learn well if they feel secure and that they are in a well-ordered environment. This innovation helps to create a purposeful learning environment.
Potential implementation challenges
This micro-innovation requires a certain amount of space to implement in exactly the same way (although there are useful principles that can be applied in other contexts). The maintenance of a good environment ultimately requires good management from teachers and other staff.
Impact so far (according to teacher)
Dimple has noticed that the atmosphere in the school is now very calm and that children behave appropriately in each space.
Download Implementation Guide here- STIR Careful Use Of Space In School