and a "not so calm" view of the inside of a classroom. I have since been wondering through schools looking at different ways teacher's approach the "interior design" of their rooms. I have picked up a few tips to pass along:
-Keep Your Walls Calm. Information is good, but keep it simple and change it frequently.
-Use Your Lighting Appropriately. Bright lights can be good during more activeparticipation, but create havoc during reading or writing or group work. Tryhalogen lights for times when you need more calm and turn off the overheadlights.
-Arrange Your Desks Thoughtfully. How are the children facing? You or the backwall? Can they see the board? Can they see you? Do they have space for theirthings or to move without kicking someone?
-Where Do The Sounds Come From? Are there humming noises? Loud sounds outsidethe door? Can you use a little Mozart in the background to calm things down? Isthe room carpeted or do the chairs scratch and make noise every time they aremoved? Try putting tennis balls on the bottoms of the chairs. A parent can workon a collection for you. Just make a slice in each ball and wal-la! You have quietchairs with just a little bounce
-Do You Have a Quiet Space? Kids need a place to sit, relax and regroup. A fewbeanbags or pillows can do the trick.
These are just a few suggestions. So check in on your classroom and see if youcan implement 1 or 2 to make your room sensory sensitive. How are you doing?