Our surroundings influence a lot of things: how we feel, how we act, and how we communicate with others. In the world of education, colour can be used to benefit students and teachers alike. Here are a couple reasons to get colourful in the classroom:
Many of us are familiar with the meanings of colours; blue encourages relaxation, red leads to energy and excitement, and purple brings out our inner creativity. What kind of mood or atmosphere do you want to set in your classroom?
You can incorporate splashes of colour with things like furniture or artwork that ties in some of those mood-setting colours; just don’t go overboard, since too much business can leave eyes unfocused and tired.
If you’re interested in learning more about colour theory, there’s an outstanding, more in-depth article on the meaning of colours here.
Even the best of us have a hard time keeping dozens of unremarkable papers organized and accessible; yet we expect students to do the same! By colour-coding assignments by date, subject, or another coding method, you can encourage students to get organized effortlessly.
Taking the time to colour-code assignments also saves time in the end; students can ‘take out the purple study guide’ or ‘turn in the yellow homework page’ without shuffling through old or irrelevent papers!
There are numerous benefits to incorporating colour into study material like flash cards, study sheets, or presentations. Here are a couple easy ways to get started:
Clues – when studying an unfamiliar subject, sometimes colours can provide valuable clues. One great example is colour-coding study material for foreign language learning, where blue indicates a ‘masculine’ article and pink indicates a ‘feminine’ one.
Same/Different – this can be especially useful when explaining how multiple things relate to one another. For example, when explaining animal classification, you can use blue for class ‘mammal’, a lighter blue for the subcategory ‘dogs’, but red for the totally separate class ‘reptile’.
Association – color is processed in multiple parts of the brain, which means it gives us several more opportunities to remember something. If you’re trying to recall a math formula, maybe you will struggle to picture the thing called ‘quadratic formula’ but can picture a green title with the corresponding green equation.
In school settings, students typically don’t get a lot of choices. When there’s an opportunity for them to pick something out, encourage it! It could be as small as a new folder, a special ‘test-taking pencil’, or a protective case for a laptop; allowing students to pick something out is fun and gives you an opportunity to get to know them better! Why did they pick that color? What does it make them think of? These conversations will strengthen their confidence, encourage their decision-making skills, and help you get to know your students that much more.
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