Creating a Calm Classroom
Today’s scientific research indicates strongly that there is a link between stress and underachievement. Stress can block chemicals in the brain that are necessary for learning and memory development and force the brain to revert to more primitive survival needs.
To foster creativity and learning, educators must learn to introduce strategies that reduce stress in the classroom.
- Create a tidy and orderly environment where everything is in its place and there’s a place for everything.
- Be prepared – always have work ready to engage the children, as soon as they enter the classroom.
- Use quiet calming music as the children enter the classroom.
- Be consistent in applying rewards and consequences following school and class agreed guidelines.
- Use your voice effectively. Often a quieter voice can be more effective.
- Use body language as a means to gain attention.
- Try to remain calm and act as a role model for the children, even when you feel stressed.
- Have a ‘chill-out zone’ in the classroom for children to when they feel they are stressed and may react badly.
- Try out different seating arrangements, which may have a positive effect on behaviour.
- Teach the children the life skills of stress and relaxation management.