Deliberate Design Enhances School Pride and Improves Student Success
Studies have shown that individualization in the learning environment is more important than original thought. Individualization relates to how well the classroom meets the needs of a particular group of children. Feelings of ownership, flexibility and connection matter immensely when it comes to student success.
How is ownership defined? It’s how much you identify with your surroundings and how personalized they feel, whether it’s your home, workplace or school. Educational institutions are increasingly designing for school pride that builds that sense of ownership in even very young children. Designers are creating identifiable, personalized educational spaces by incorporating elements that develop branding, increase pride, create a sense of belonging and, ultimately, encourage greater participation in the learning process.
How do you design classrooms and corridors to build student ownership? It isn’t as simple as painting a wall, including your logo or incorporating school colors in the color palette. The design needs to be organic. The school’s unique mission, philosophy and values must be integral in all design elements. These features communicate a message to everyone who uses and experiences the space: it reflects who they are and who the school encourages and enables them to be, from student to inventor to musician to performer to athlete.
Research shows that personalized spaces are better for absorbing, memorizing and recalling information. Students who feel ownership of their classroom and common areas have an enhanced sense of responsibility and more active participation in the learning process. Students with higher levels of school spirit perform better academically, are more civically engaged, and are happier than their less-spirited peers.
Students with higher levels of school pride and spirit are reported to have a higher Grade Point Average. They are more likely to stay engaged and further their education. From academic achievement to general happiness, color and design create a positive relationship to your school and have a direct correlation to student success.