Listen up! Classroom acoustics significantly impact the learning experience.

Classroom noise does more than just test a teacher’s patience. Numerous studies reveal that excessive background noise and reverberation can prevent teachers from communicating with students, as well as prevent students from effectively learning. For students with impaired hearing, the challenge is even greater. And while many have dismissed the idea of designing classrooms to meet recommended acoustical standards, it’s vital to promoting an effective learning environment for students of all ages and abilities. School Planning & Management explains why acoustic properties are essential to keeping up with today’s modes of learning:

As more and more teachers and schools adopt the concept of flipping the classroom, new acoustical and noise challenges are arising. As you may know, in a flipped classroom students do what used to be homework problems in class and listen to and watch lectures and presentations on the computer at home in the evening.

This group-based mode of learning breaks students into groups to foster teamwork. And while it promotes collaboration, the resulting chatter can become distracting and even educationally debilitating to nearby pupils trying to focus on their own group. By implementing proper classroom acoustics and meeting sound isolation requirements, this learning method can succeed.

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