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Cefpi Brief

By Erdreich, John

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Book Id: WPLBN0000704279
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Cefpi Brief  
Author: Erdreich, John
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Access Board, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Collections: U.S. Access Board Collection
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Publisher: United States Access Board


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Excerpt: We would never teach reading is a classroom without lights. Why then do we teach in ?acoustical darkness?? Speaking to a class, especially of younger children, in a room with poor acoustics, is akin to ?turning out the lights.? Architects and facilities planners are quite adept at specifying appropriate lighting levels for classrooms. Required ventilation changes and environmental temperature are always included in any building design. Just as the effect of changes in these design parameters on room occupants can be predicted, the effect of room finishes and ventilation noise on the ability to verbally communicate in the room can be predicted. Teaching in a room with poor acoustics is not only analogous to reading in the dark, inappropriate acoustical design exacerbates the difficulty of communication between teacher and student. Frequently we hear questions like, ?I am an elementary school teacher. It seems the louder I speak, the more noise my students make, so I speak louder, and the students get noisier, and I speak louder? Is there something wrong with my teaching??...


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