My research uncovered an interesting article about a first grade teacher named Gayle Roberts from Louisiana. In the article, Gayle claims that by reorganizing her classroom, her students paid more attention. Designers have applied similar techniques when designing retail stores for years but the effects on scholastic performance were quite interesting. You can read more about Gayle’s project at Responsive Classroom.

With my new understanding of space and concentration, I took an objective look at my room. I now saw how cluttered and confining the room actually was. There were two beds (one unmade), a half unpacked suitcase, and a random chair with matching ottoman. The worst piece was the armoire in the center of the room looming over my desk.

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