Does your classroom design promote harmony or chaos? Does it encourage creativity and learning, or does it dampen students’ spirits and their enthusiasm for learning? Incorporating elements of feng shui (pronounced “fuhng shwey”) into your classroom can help you create a harmonious environment that promotes creativity and learning.
As defined by Dictionary.com, feng shui is “the Chinese art or practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang, as in arranging furniture or determining the sitting of a house.” There are many different elements involved in feng shui, but here are a few key ways you can work on improving your classroom’s feng shui:
- The Location of Your Desk – You want to make sure your desk is somewhere that allows you to sit in a commanding position. This will give you the best view and most control over what’s happening in your classroom and just outside your classroom door. Ideally, your desk should be placed across the room and as far from the door as possible. If that’s not possible in your classroom, try using a mirror to help you see the door.
- The Location of Your Students’ Desks – Make sure students’ desks all face in one direction, preferably towards the entrance of the classroom or the whiteboard. It’s also important to ensure that students’ views aren’t obstructed by large objects.
- The Location of Classroom Bookshelves – The bookshelves in your classroom should be placed in the far left corner of the room. This should be from the perspective of the front door. Placing bookshelves in the far left corner is believed to promote learning and critical thinking.
- The Colors Used in Your Classroom – White walls can make classrooms feel sterile and uninviting. According to feng shui principles, blue and green are two colors that can help calm students and promote growth and learning. Whether it’s painting an accent wall or choosing preschool furniture that has color options, finding ways to incorporate these two colors into your classroom will help you create a welcoming learning environment.
- The Flow of Your Classroom – Your classroom should flow—nothing should serve as a focal point. If you stand at your classroom door and an area of the classroom catches your eye, clear the area of any mess or attention-grabbing items. When you look over your classroom, everything should be harmonious and cohesive.
- The Light in Your Classroom – Be sure to limit the amount of time students are working in fluorescent light. Place activity centers near natural light or take students outside to do an activity. If your classroom has limited natural light, make sure bulbs are well lit and hang a painting or nature scene on one of your classroom walls to serve as your classroom “window”.
If you want a 3D rendering of what your classroom would look like if you rearrange it according to feng shui principles, give MyKaplan Classroom FloorPlanner a try! Our free online classroom design tool can help you turn your preschool classroom design ideas into a reality. View all of our activity table options and the different types of preschool tables and chairs we offer in the Furniture section of our website.
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