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Classroom and Office Space: Extreme Makeover! . Sara Burd Reading Public Schools Behavioral Health Coordinator Feng Shui Design Student. Close your eyes…. Think of your favorite place for relaxation. A beach, a library, bedroom, backyard… - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Classroom and Office Space: Extreme Makeover! Sara BurdReading Public SchoolsBehavioral Health Coordinator

Feng Shui Design StudentClose your eyesThink of your favorite place for relaxation. A beach, a library, bedroom, backyard

Think of an extremely energizing place. A night club, a gym, a mountain top

Think of a place where you feel uncomfortable. A bus, a basement, dining roomWhat are the elements of these spaces that make them energizing, relaxing, uncomfortable2Optimal learning environmentsResearch on office environments and building designs has focused on this question of how worker productivity can be affected by the work environment (Becker, 1982; Pappas, 1990; Steele and Jenks, 1977). Spaces for learning experiences are shaped by administrators, teachers, maintenance personnel, and even learners. The way these physical environments are arranged and manipulated can affect learning experiences. Ralph B. Brockett, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Where We Learn Shapes Our Learning (Richard S. Vosko)

If we want to change education, we literally have to change the way we design the space, Trung Le, a principal in Chicagos Cannon Design and lead designer for its education group

Our Goal TodayTo learn more about how our space effects our mood, our goals and energyTo learn about space design and space alignmentTo evaluate our working spaceTo create a design plan for our offices/classroomsMy BackgroundFeng Shui Design Student

Consultations in homes, offices, schools, colleges and outdoor spaces

Interior Design Program CertificateFeng Shui (phung- shway)Feng Shui is a Chinese approach to interior design that has been practiced for thousands of years. Feng Shui emphasizes the need for people to live in harmony with their environment.How can Feng Shui help?Increase or decrease the flow of energyBalance the energy and elementsAlign your space to your goalsIdentify unhealthy aspects of your spaceRemedy unhealthy spacesFirst- Clutter ClearingDe-cluttering a space is the first step in Feng Shui and any other interior design practice.

Clutter blocks energy and drains visual and mental energy! Clutter inhibits working and learning!

Things to know about clutterThere is both obvious and disguised clutter in a classroom. Obvious clutter is what you try to put away before Parents' Night. Disguised clutter is the file cabinet filled with old dittos, desk drawers that hold confiscated items from five years ago, and storage cabinets that have never been organized.

Tackle the obvious clutter first!Clutter Rules of ThumbAll surfaces ( including floors) should be 80% clear of objects.All shelves should be 40% clear of objects.

The only objects that should be in your space are objects that are useful or beautiful. Nothing else!Find your clutter!Make a list of:Obviously cluttered spacesDiscretely cluttered spacesSurfaces with more than 80% coveredShelves with more than 40% coveredSpaces where you lose thingsThe Bagua

Bagua InventoryGive each area a 1-5 rating. 5=Stable/Love it! 1=Unstable/Unhappy

HealthCareerHelpful People and TravelCreativity and ChildrenLove and RelationshipsFame and ReputationWealth and ProsperityFamilySelf-Knowledge and Wisdom

Space evaluationChi: The flow of energy in a space

Yin/Yang: The balance of energy in a space

Elements: Harmony within the space and with your goalsYour Turn!On a piece of graph paper, draw a simple floor plan of your workspace.Include doors, windows, furnitureDraw the bagua over the floor plan

(Focus on your top 1-2 guas)Indicate poor chi flowIndicate poor yin/yang balanceIndicate poor balance of elementsChi FlowEnvision chi as water flowing in through your main door and through the room. Where does it pool and get stuck, where does it rush too quickly?

Long, overhead beams Desks in rows Pointy edges or cornersStairs or mirror directly facing the doorDirect path from door to windowObjects that point downward from the ceiling Classroom door at the end of a long hallway Sharp corners on tables and cabinets Square pillows

Yin / YangYIN: feminine, cool/cold, even, passive, wet, winter, dark, low, soft, small, slow, rounded, curved, black/silver, death, ornate, negative, matte, left, back, floral, textured, inward, still, sinking, receptive, valley, horizontal, contracting, wide, moon, earth, listening.

YANG: masculine, warm/hot, odd, active, dry, summer, light/bright, high, hard, large, fast, sharp, angular, straight, white, life, plain, positive, shiny, right, front, geometric, smooth, outward, moving, rising, projecting, mountain, vertical, expanding, narrow, sun, heaven, speaking

ElementsWoodGreen, wood, plants, rectangle, tall, treesFireRed, pink, light, triangles, candlesEarthYellow, brown, dirt, clay pots, stones, mountains, squareMetalSilver, white, black, metallic, circular, mirrorsWaterBlue, purple, curved, wavy, aquariums

RemediesDe-clutterMove furnitureAdd/Remove ElementAdd mirrorsAdd/Remove colorsAdd/Remove emotionally charged items

Remedies specific to schoolsFace the direction of the front doorBack to a wallComputer between you and doorUse mirrors to reflect doors or viewsPlants balance electronics... Pothos, Spider Convenience in your work space equals convenience in workFamily picturesDesk baguaLightingAromatherapyPeppermintSweet orangeCotton ball and water spritzerStones or mountain pictures when their back is to a windowFocus on where you spend the most amount of time

More classroom specificHang a drape from one side of the corner to the other (remember to use the appropriate color and pattern for that corner as it applies to the controlling element). Behind that drape, neatly stack your labeled boxes, preferably on shelves so the custodial staff can easily clean the floor. Use a Japanese screen style of barrier. This is very effective in a reading corner where you can use the screen to post pictures related to the text. Place wood or metal shelves(again, consider the controlling element for the corner) diagonally. If you are concerned about the visible cavity formed behind the shelves, string holiday lights behind them. Hang knotted rope or a beaded curtain from the ceiling across the corner. Attach clothespins at regular intervals and hang student work. This is especially good in the fame or wealth area of your room.Questions?Time to practice!Space DesignOn graph paper, draw a simple floor plan of your work space.Indicate windows and doorsDraw the bagua over your spaceIndicate which remedies you would like to use in your top 1-2 guas.Indicate which remedies you would like to use in the rest of the space.