Back to School | Classroom Lighting
“Be aware of the lighting in our classroom because sometimes bright light, midday sun, flickering lights or fluorescent lights really bother me and I can’t focus on what I should be learning.”
Best for: Students who are sensitive to their environment. Your sensitive students will often make comments on the temperature of the room or frequently gaze in the direction of unfamiliar sights and sounds.
Intervention details: Get to know the custodian or person who actually fixes the lighting issues. Use the system in place at your school to request repairs but follow up in person and frequently. Ask if the fluorescent lights can be changed if they flicker. Ask if fire codes allow you to bring in a table lamp or window curtains. Addressing classroom lighting before the school year begins is especially important if you use video as a teaching tool – the room must be dark enough in order for it to be effective.
Desired results: There will be fewer complaints about the condition of the classroom. Students will know that you care about their learning environment and as a result, so will they. Students will keep their focus and conversation on the work at hand.