Feng Shui in the Classroom: Designing for the 21st Century
From the color of the walls to the arrangement of the school furniture
, feng shui has been proven to have a direct effect on student's learning abilities and efficiency in the classroom. While the topic of feng shui and its overall effectiveness has been debated for centuries, it's clear that the learning environment can either help enhance or hinder the learning experience. Environments that provide distractions colors or don't provide an adequate amount of light will obviously decrease a student's ability to learn while a brightly lit room and soothing colors create for an enriched learning experience.
Create a warm atmosphere for students with these easy feng shui tips.
Pay Attention to the Elements
Things such as light, color, and texture are important and should not be overlooked when organizing your classroom. Color can have a direct effect on mood – for example, a light blue or soft green can aid in creating a tranquil atmosphere while a fiery red will help promote excitement – not exactly ideal for a learning atmosphere.
Place Desks in an Octagonal Shape
This shape is said to create harmony in the classroom and allows students to see each other while participating in group discussions. Leave an open space at the "bottom" of the octagon so you are able to access students and serve as the focal point of the room.
Work With What You Have
Oftentimes, space or specific furniture might not make certain layouts optimal for your classroom. Instead, work with what you have and try to make the best out of it. For example, if you don't have the space to organize desks in an octagon, try rows that are all facing one way towards the door.
Make Comfort a Priority
Discomfort creates distress and can make it difficult to learn while in school. Always place the comfort of your students andergonomics
before any feng shui "rules" by ensuring that all of your school furniture is of proper size for each student and everyone has their fair share of elbow room.
These are just a few ways to ensure the best learning environment for your students. It's important to keep in mind that a good classroom starts out with high quality school furniture, which should be your starting point when designing any classroom. Going forward, keep some feng shui tips in mind such as color and lighting, room design, and of course, comfort.