Teaching can be very tedious with misbehaving children and endless amounts of paperwork. With some classroom situations frequently spiralling out of a teacher’s jurisdiction, there is actually one thing you can always govern - how the classroom really looks!
It can be stressful working in a school or college. The tips in this article can be used either on a small or large scale and could be a corner of the classroom transformed into a happy space or even a full classroom makeover. With the combination of sticky notes, small classroom gadgets and even specialist paint for your blackboard and walls, it's essential to keep the wellbeing and mental health of a pupil (or teacher) in the best place possible.
Always make sure you have visual inspiration for how you want the classroom to look before you commit to any decisions. Ask other teachers, students and even parents to contribute ideas of how the layout of the classroom should be and do your very best to adhere to the general consensus when making your decisions.
Formulate a system that can keep the classroom clean and remove all unnecessary items that you have just lying around the classroom. These are eyesores on a day-to-day basis, yet present a fantastic opportunity to get the children working together on keeping things clean and fixing them into a healthy routine of keeping their workstations orderly. This will keep productivity high and it's a proven method of obtaining good mental health.
Be innovative and repurpose any materials that would maybe usually be thrown away. So many items around the classroom collect dust such as old plastic containers - why not use them as storage space for your classroom?
Finally, always try to create as much space as possible in the classroom. It's vital that there is enough room for the students to move around and interact. In this day and age, children tend to be more visual learners and with technology advancing over the years, human connection and social interaction is as important as ever. Have a spare desk? Get it out of there!