As we make the move to green our inner environments and habits, adding houseplants to our home and workspaces is an ever-popular change. Though teachers and school administration seem to be catching on a little less quickly, adding potted plants to our learning spaces can have an incredible, positive effect on students.
In both children and adults, the presence of plants tends to improve health, mood, performance and activity across the board. Many studies show the positive effects of bringing nature indoors, including some of these amazing results:
- Potted plants in the classroom can reduce sick-leave among primary-aged students
- Plants in the classroom improve grades and behavior among middle school students
- Plants in classrooms improve performance and lower feelings of discomfort in university students
- Both students and staff report more positive feelings and satisfaction around learning with plants in classrooms
- Spending time in parks improves concentration in children with ADD
- Plants in workspaces can improve memory retention by up to 20%
- Plants in a classroom setting can improve spelling, science and math scores by up to 14%
With effects like these, it’s pretty clear where we should go from here: more plants in the classroom!
We’ve got a few favorite plants for just this purpose and great ideas (we think!) for ways to incorporate nature into your learning space. Check back next month for tips on bringing nature inside your four classroom walls!