Is your classroom a place you and the children want to spend time in? Is it a place that encourages your pupils (and you) to do their best?
Having a healthy environment makes it easier to teach effectively and supports positive outcomes. Follow these tips to freshen up and revamp your classroom into an inviting, healthy learning space.
Go with the flow
Think about the flow of your classroom, whether you’re a believer in Feng Shui or not the layout of your room can make a huge difference to behaviour and learning. Pay attention to the high footfall areas, paths to the door, sink, bin, and carpet area. Keep these clear and clutter free.
A variety of spaces are important. You can create focused areas simply with screens, curtains, and furniture layout. Does your classroom already have a quiet corner, a collaborative area or a social space?
Optimise your classroom space for movement and interaction by de-cluttering and getting organised. Remember our top organisational tips?
Also, keep window ledges clear to encourage as much natural light to come in as possible and make a huge difference to motivation levels, too. Put up mirrors to open up the space, make it lighter and brighter, and (even better) keep a close eye on what’s going on in the classroom. And finally, utilise wall space as much as possible with shelving, motivational posters or classroom reminders.
Keep it clean
Your classroom will be much more inviting if it’s orderly, de-cluttered and clean. Keep your classroom temperature on the cool side by opening windows and letting the fresh air in, if it’s too warm you’ll have the kids wanting to nod off. A cooler space also it also keeps those nasty germs at bay. Promoting good hygiene in the classroom will prevent the bugs too. Display hand-washing signs and have hand sanitizer at the ready.
Give the brain a break
Encourage a short, set time to move, stretch and give the brain a break during lesson times. Getting the wiggles out as a class will help to re-focus everyone and promote a healthy routine. Consider playing calming music during transition times, it can help give the children a clear signal to tidy up and move on to the next time.
It may sound ridiculously obvious, but so many classrooms aren’t truly child-centred. Imagine the space from their point of view and from their height. Can they reach things or read displays that are high up?
Kids respond really well to being involved, so let them help enhance their classroom space. Perhaps you could brainstorm ideas together or let them design classroom areas. Make displays interactive so they can update them themselves and dish out classroom roles to give children responsibility over their space and get the jobs done.