Creating a Calm Classroom
Many of you have heard me speak on how clutter effects our brains. Clutter = stress response. I can't think of many places that are more important to have clutter-free and conducive to learning than a classroom.
This is why I was so excited when I was contacted by a kindergarten teacher to help create a calming, focused space for her and her students!
I’ve never organized a classroom, but as a kid I always wanted to be a teacher - this is as close as I will probably get. Hats off to these professionals!! I sneaked a glimpse into the day of a kindie - my 4year old will begin kindie next year!
We focused on creating an organized planning area for this teacher. Her planning time is limited, so she needs to most efficient and not distracted or wasting time searching for items. She found that when she sat down to do her planning she couldn't find half the things she needed and then when she would get up to search for them she would get distracted by something else and next thing you know - her planning time is up! Can anyone relate to this??
Not anymore! She now has a clear space with all the items she needs (and nothing else).
We also focused on creating designated areas for the students to focus on various activities with items that were easy to find and put away.
A clutter-free space triggers the "smart" part of the brain allowing these kiddos to be calm, present and focused. I hope this space touches many lives.
Here's to happy learning!