If there’s a ton of noise either in the classroom or outside of it, it can be very hard for a child to focus. In order to help students regain their focus and get the most out of school, it’s important to consider taking steps to reduce sound. Here’s how you can do that in your classroom.
Use Paintings to Reduce Noise
Unless your school was built within the last five years or so, it’s likely that it doesn’t take good sound into account. If you’re in one of the older schools, try placing things around your classroom that can help reduce sound. You can hang pictures and paintings on the wall, bring in furniture, and even hang things from the ceiling. While this won’t fully eliminate internal or external noise, it can help to soften it up a bit.
Install Soundproofing Wall Panels
Ask your school representatives if soundproofing a room using sound blocking panels is an option. If it’s in the budget, your school may be able to fund the purchase of panels or ceiling clouds to help reduce noise. This is a more effective way of soundproofing an area, as these tools were created specifically with the purpose of blocking sound.
Create Classroom Awareness
If you can’t afford the soundproofing panels and if the pictures aren’t doing enough, talk with your students. Tell your students how important it is to be quiet while people are learning. Ask them if they would like it if they were trying to learn a really difficult subject and children were screaming from another classroom. It can be hard to fully eliminate noise, and that isn’t expected. But by opening your children’s eyes to the fact that their noise level impacts others, they will learn to be respectful of their peers.
Approximately 15% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high-frequency hearing loss due to exposure to noise at work or during leisure activities. If that much damage could be done to adult ears, think about what sound could do to children’s ears.