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Feng Shui in the Classroom

Feng Shui principles in the classroom can promote learning and create a stress-free working environment all by careful consideration of the classroom layout, types of furniture and equipment and colour schemes employed.

Here are Ambic’s top 20 Feng Shui tips for teachers:

 

  1. The teachers desk should be placed ideally as far from the door as possible, in a commanding position and giving you the best possible view over what’s happening inside the classroom and just outside the classroom door
  2. Feng Shui says that classroom bookshelves should be situated in the far left corner of the room from the perspective of the door – this is believed to promote learning and critical thinking
  3. White décor can make the classroom look sterile and uninviting, blues and greens promote growth and learning so whether it’s an accent wall or the colour of table tops and other furniture, blue and green can create a more welcoming and stimulating learning environment
  4. Display books covers facing outward wherever possible, particular in early years classrooms, they create an inviting air and entice the students to explore the books from an early age
  5. Make your classroom comfortable – if students are uncomfortable it means they will soon lose concentration, chairs should be supportive and the right height and size for the age range, as should the desks in comparison to the chairs to create the correct seating posture.
  6. Make sure you and your students can move freely around the room, the room should flow in a manner that makes everything in it easily accessible from the pencil sharpener to IT workstations
  7. Minimise the use of fluorescent lights by limiting the time students spend under this light source – move them around the classroom at different parts of the day perhaps into reading corners near a window or better yet, move outside for certain tasks.
  8. Incorporate water – Feng Shui says that a room should have the correct balance of the five elements, wood, metal, earth, fire and water. Water is said to promote knowledge and a small aquarium or other water feature can bring a serene feel to the classroom.
  9. While most classrooms will have an abundancy of wood and metal, fire and earth features can be created through use of materials or colours – yellows and oranges create an energising effect in Feng Shui and can be perfect for geeing up students for an upcoming test or performance.
  10. Don’t overdo it with displays, Feng Shui specifies that there should be minimal clutter in a room and that includes what’s on the walls. Rather than display every assignment or art project students produce all over the room, have one specific area which creates excitement amongst students to have their work displayed there.
  11. Avoid sharp corners in the classroom, these are seen as a source of negative energy in Feng Shui – round, curved and shaped tables can help combat this.
  12. Play relaxing music during individual study time – classical or relaxing new age style music can help concentration and create a calming effect.
  13. To create the right balance in the room, it should flow. Nothing should serve as an obvious focal point but rather the features in the room should flow harmoniously. If you stand at the doorway, see which features immediately catch your eye and try to clear or move them so that no one thing grabs your attention as you enter the room.
  14. Feng Shui states that the ideal arrangement of desks is in an open ended octagon shape. This is supposed to promote harmony in the classroom. If you don’t have the room to arrange desks like this, then the next best thing is rows facing the same direction, preferably towards the doorway.
  15. Avoid asymmetry, whether it’s notice boards, desks or display units, everything should be in even proportion with no distracting items out of place on their own.
  16. Avoid obstructions – however students desks are arranged, there should be no obstructions that either block their view of the teacher or other students.
  17. If you have windows in your classroom, make a point of opening them for at least a few minutes a day to allow fresh air in and the stagnant air out, you’ll be amazed how much this can revive students.
  18. If you are in an inner classroom with no windows, create a picture window wall with a large mural of an outdoor scene perhaps flanked by lighting to give it the best effect.
  19. Bring nature into the classroom whether it be hardy plants that don’t take too much maintenance, or even bamboo which will grow in its own vase with very little attention.
  20. Wind chimes and crystals in a classroom with no windows can being a natural source of positive energy much like natural sunlight or plants according to Feng Shui

 

Whether you believe Feng Shui’s principle of the balancing of the five elements, there’s no arguing that most of this are good tips for managing the layout and feel of a classroom.

So if you’re thinking of giving your classroom a do-over refurbishment and want some advice on how you can implement some of these tips give us a call for a chat over a cup of ginseng!

Art & Craft Storage Unit

£279.00
This stylish multipurpose art and craft cube has a deep side trough for cumbersome paper rolls. A3 sized shelves for flat paper storage and multiple art shelves. It has four top bays for paints and pens, a deep storage cupboard and as with all our furniture you can choose from a wide variety of colours and finishes - see photograph to see which panels can be coloured.

Cantilever Table With Tray Storage

£78.10
Our Cantilever Table with Tray Storage is a stylish addition to any classroom or teaching environment, encouraging independent learning. Supplied with a single depth Gratnell tray to store books/equipment. Choose from an array of colour combinations. Please note: Minimum order quantity of 4 tables - if you would like to order less than this, please contact us on Tel: 0191 389 1888

Classic Desk Double Pedestal

£380.00
Super sturdy and strong, this is the largest of our classic office desks and has two, three drawer suspended pedestal units slung beneath the large solid-laminate desk surface. It has a rear modesty panel and six variable-depth lockable drawers for ample storage.

Hille SE Ergonomic Chair

£18.45£23.55
The SE chair design is the result of two years research and development at Birmingham City University where seating posture has become a specialism. The SE is a true posture chair: the configuration of the back and seat components is designed to limit backward rotation of the pelvis in both the sitting forward position (active desk work) and sitting back (listening and observing mode). This helps to reduce the effect of opposing forces that act upon the lower spine in the seated position, now known to be the cause of lower back discomfort and pain. The SE provides superior thoracic, lumbar and pelvic support, thus cradling the whole of the back, and this enhances the possibility of higher and more prolonged levels of concentration and effort. Please note: Minimum order quantity of 6 chairs.

Large Circular Table

£114.52
Our Large Circular tables are useful in most communal areas and will endure the most heavy duty use. These premium quality tables have strong welded frames and polished edges. They are available in a variety of colours, finishes and heights to suit the size and age of your pupils. Please note: Minimum order quantity of 4 tables - if you would like to order less than this, please contact us on Tel: 0191 389 1888

Large Trapezoid Shaped Table

£69.44
Our Large trapezoid shaped table is great for small group work due to its angular seating locations and consequent close proximity. When joined with additional trapezoid tables or combined with matching height rectangular tables, your classroom work space shape can be manipulated to suit any evolving needs. All of our tables are available in a variety of colours, finishes and heights to suit the size and age of your pupils. Please note: Minimum order quantity of 4 tables - if you would like to order less than this, please contact us on Tel: 0191 389 1888

Mobile Sloped Display Unit

£187.67£218.16
 Our sloped mobile display units are available in two sizes and comprise of three sloping shelves with acrylic perspex retainers for the display and dispensing of visual material. With two lockable front castors for increased unit stability these flexible mobile units can be sited at the heart of any busy school or library to display information where it is most needed.

Noticeboard Cupboard

£190.00£205.00
Our noticeboard cupboards are of a high quality, made from 18mm dual faced MDF with light grey pinboard back & the door has inlaid 4mm perspex with MDF surround. The door opens & closes with a magnetic catch which is not visible from the outside.