Trying to achieve calmness and concentration in the classroom can seem like an overwhelming, or sometimes even impossible, task to do. Most teachers are aware that the classroom environment has a major impact on the way students of all ages learn and that very fact puts a pressure on the teacher to achieve an optimal learning environment for the children. But how do we achieve this? Ok, let’s have a look.
A good starting point to creating a calmer classroom is to consider mindfulness, movement and creativity as part of the daily routine.
Below are 3 ways to achieve this and the best part is that you can start introducing them in your classroom today:
Learning how to better focus, concentrate and be more aware of your surroundings, and of those who cohabitate in them is beneficial to everyone. An effective way to introduce more mindfulness in the classroom is to incorporate a daily ‘silent moment’, involving group breathing exercises. Breathing exercises will help students gain more clarity and concentration to the mind and this has been shown to be very beneficial in their learning, self-discipline and self-confidence, along with keeping them calm and relaxed. There are great breathing techniques available in our Mindfulness in Action program.
Incorporating movement into the children’s day is beneficial for their social, emotional and physical growth and development. It will also reduce stress and make them feel more relaxed, which will in turn help them stay concentrated in the classroom. Yoga and gentle stretches can be taught to children of all ages to help them stay calm and focused. Due to its non-competitive nature, yoga is a great way to calm down restless children and it can be introduced by simply getting them to participate in a few gentle stretches in between classes. Want inspiration for stretches, check out our Yoga To Go Kids program.
By encouraging students to be creative in the classroom, it will make room for children’s growth and ability to take risks – which will ultimately leave them feeling more at ease. In our Healthy Skills for Life program, children are encouraged to creatively use their body and mind. The ambience of the classroom itself can also have an impact on the children’s ability to concentrate. Although bright colours can be appreciated by some, it has been found that it is beneficial to include pastel, soft colours to help create a calm vibe. It has also been found that plants play a role in creating a calmer classroom, along with the right choice of lighting (preferably natural lighting) and some even suggest that classical music has soothing effects on children.