Over-decorated classrooms can make children lose focus, McNamee says

Professor Gillian McNamee spoke to the Hechinger Report about the risks of over-decorated classrooms.

“When I walk into a classroom, often they are almost wallpapered with materials from head to toe. And for an adult, let alone a child, it can make you dizzy and lose focus,” McNamee says.

She compares the effect on children to that of a shopping mall, noting that it’s “too much visual stimulation, noise. It can wear a person down.”

McNamee suggests that schools have more discussion on classroom design so teachers can create continuity for students as they move from grade to grade.