How to Feng Shui Your Classroom

Example of a Feng Shui Classroom

Example of a Feng Shui Classroom

Can the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui help you create a calming, inclusive classroom for your students and yourself? Is it easy to apply these principles? As easy as moving the classroom furniture!

InstructionsThings You’ll Need:
Plants (I recommend bamboo)
Table fountain
Art prints and student work

Step 1
The placement of classroom furniture is key; use a map to help you plan. Consider how to minimize distraction and maximize your behavior management. Effective placement can prevent a host of problems. For example, arrange student desks so your class can easily participate and observe you. Place your desk where you are accessible but not domineering. Face student desks away from distractions and high-traffic areas, such as the hallway and pencil sharpener. Think interior design with comfort and efficiency in mind.

Step 2
The color red promotes good energy. Include it in key places, like above your chalkboard and around the classroom doors. Consider using it as bulletin board backgrounds or in classroom signage. I found an inexpensive red rice paper lantern at a Chinatown shop that I hung in the center of my room.

Step 3
Bring some plants in, but make sure they stay healthy. Bamboo and philodendron will be happy growing in a vase of water, eliminating any problems with over- and under- watering. Live plants are best, but if you do not have a green thumb, artwork depicting plants or cut flowers is good too. Consider a bouquet of fresh flowers and prepare to be surprised by the effect it has on your classes!

Step 4
A tabletop fountain is a great item for your classroom. They come in all sizes and styles; some even have colored lights, fog, and nature sounds. Use it as constant background noise, during warm-ups/drills, journaling, or as you wish.

Step 5
Lighting is very important to establishing a warm environment. If possible, turn those overhead fluorescent lights off! Use natural light or lamps instead. Check IKEA, Craig’s List, thrift shops, and yard sales for affordable options.

Step 6
In addition to hanging academic posters, include some soothing and interesting prints. Displaying student work, whether assigned or a picture drawn for you, contributes to an inclusive environment. A great beginning of year assignment is a “Me Collage” about each student; students introduce themselves by presenting the collage and then every one is hung up around the classroom.

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11 comments for “How to Feng Shui Your Classroom”

  1. I might suggest one more addition to your excellent post.

    As a teacher myself, I find it too much to try to calculate each student’s best direction and seat them accordingly. However, I think it’s important to take into consideration the TEACHER’s best directions and try to put one of those best directions at his/her back, if it’s possible, and have the desk in a “command” position relative to the classroom door.

    I’m very happy to have found your blog, both as a teacher, and as someone interested in Feng Shui!

    Best regards,
    Margot, the Woodsheep
    Travels of a Woodsheep in the World of Feng Shui

    Posted by margotmarrakesh | September 8, 2009, 11:18 am
  2. i’m very interested in Feng shui and i’ve always believed in positive energy and the chinese studies. You are right it is difficult to calculate each student’s seating and the teacher should be taken into consideration, however we can also focus on the atmosphere of the classroom like the bamboo plant, lighting, colors etc…

    Thank you for your interest in my post if you have any additional information that concerns feng shui in schools and classrooms and you would like to share with us plz do so.

    Best regards

    Posted by missfarahsclass | September 8, 2009, 1:22 pm
  3. wow i didnt even know you can do feng shui in classrooms i love it

    Posted by Jenny | September 27, 2009, 8:31 am
  4. I’m bringing a bamboo plant tonite!!

    Posted by Molly | September 27, 2009, 3:21 pm
  5. This was a wonderful article … I have just inherited this old, huge 1950s classroom – tons of windows, 40 ft chalkboard; with much potential for atmosphere and placement … and really appreciate your hints on a feng shui classroom! I’ve set up a reader’s nook w soft carpet and pillows, a “Zen” garden w little fountain for decompression/ chill out space, wish I could do more with lighting … but more to come!

    Posted by Amber | August 31, 2010, 10:19 am
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  8. To use Feng Shui in my classroom, do I always put the “fame” section of the Bagua south? Do I always put the “career” part near the front door? What if the front door is in the south?

    Posted by Daiani | August 16, 2011, 4:35 pm
  9. Place the bagua where the door of your classroom is and follow the map.

    Posted by Miss Farah | August 16, 2011, 6:06 pm
  10. how can i know the bagua of my classroom? does the door always face north?

    Posted by melaniesantos | April 22, 2013, 2:56 pm
  11. how can i know the bagua of my classroom? does it always face the north?

    Posted by melaniesantos | April 22, 2013, 2:57 pm

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