Are you a teacher? Have you wondered how you can make your classroom a better environment for learning and listening? Here are some great tips that you can start using today in your classroom.

If your classroom poses a distraction for students, there are things you can do to improve the environment including:

• If there are no rugs or carpeting in the room, place some down.

• Hang some form of window treatments, such as blinds or curtains.

• Place softer materials on the walls, such as cork-board or felt.

• Position tables around the room on an angle to help interfere with sound pathways.

• Hang any soft materials from the ceiling and around the room, such as student pictures or flags.

• Whenever noisy equipment is not in use, turn it off.

• If possible, you should try to keep doors and windows shut.

• Replace any light fixtures exhibiting a substantial amount of noise.

• Avoid any open classrooms whenever classes occur in a larger space.

• Discuss noise with your students and show them how difficult it can be for someone to hear another when numerous people are speaking all at once.

• Remind your visitors to avoid talking at the same time as the teacher.

• Avoid placing the class into small groups where one is listening to the teacher and the other is listening to that of audiovisual equipment.

• Place soft tips on the bottoms of all tables and chairs. Avoid using tennis balls as a way to limit the sound. Some individuals might have an allergic reaction to the latex in tennis balls. Mold has been shown to grow inside of an open ball, which brings upon a health concern for numerous individuals. Materials made from latex free materials or sports balls are available from numerous sources.

Follow these tips and you may be surprised in the difference it makes for your children in the classroom.

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