Fourth grade class feeling a little blue
Published: Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Casey Trandem’s fourth grade class is a little blue. And it’s all due to the new lights in the room, rather than an emotion or feeling.
While he was working on his master’s degree, Trandem’s fellow students did research projects on classroom environment, with one of the major factors being fluorescent lighting.
“One of the things their research showed was that fluorescent lighting is very harsh and can cause headaches and decreased attention,” he said. “Their research also showed that filtered lighting, specifically blue, increased attention and reduced headaches.”
After doing his own research, Trandem thought it would be a good idea to try them out in his own classroom. He submitted a project and funding request through donorchoose.org, a free non-profit website where teachers can receive funding for student resources through donors. Trandem received a $230 grant funded through Horace Mann Insurance and Quill.com, which allowed him to order 15 filters.
“When I first put them up in early November, the kids thought it was great because there was a blue hue in the room,” Trandem said. “I honestly can’t say it I’ve seen a huge difference, but I feel there has been a positive change.”
While Trandem doesn’t know if the students have noticed a change, he admits he has.
“Personally, I’ve had less headaches, which is always a good thing!”
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