Boy writingThe classroom is a very important place to incorporate feng shui, as our teachers and children spend so much time there during the school year. It should be an environment that allows teachers and students to interact in harmony. The ability of a teacher to effectively communicate ideas and guide students, and the ability of the students to absorb information are of the utmost consequence.

To enhance focus, intelligence, and garner respect from students, the teacher’s desk ideally sits in a direction that is compatible with him or her. This compatibility promotes the teacher’s personal energy and is determined using calculations based on his or her birth date. When this is not possible, the teacher’s desk should be placed to allow him or her to have the greatest view of the room. A solid wall behind the teacher’s chair provides stability and minimizes distractions by preventing anyone from coming up from behind.

The door into the classroom should be in a position where the teacher is aware of who is coming in and out of the classroom. This is usually to the teacher’s upper left hand side when he or she is seated at their desk. Doors, vents and protruding columns should not be aligned with the teacher’s desk.

Depending on the size of the classroom and number of students, there are ways of arranging the student desks to maximize positive interaction between the students and the teacher. When students are able to face their teacher, the connection between them is strong and communication is clear. Desks with staggered rows arranged in a semi-circle around the teacher’s desk assures that students do not block each other and have equally good views of the teacher and the board. Especially for students who have difficulties, they should be situated closer to the teacher. Ideally, based on the students’ birth year, desks can be placed to face their compatible orientation. As almost all children are born in the same year in a classroom, they will have the same compatible directions allowing for a feasible layout. This can increase their ability to focus and process information.

It is a good idea to incorporate feng shui at home to help students study better as well. A supervised quiet and well-lit room where children are not distracted by the TV, electronic games, and food allows them to focus on their homework.

Though furniture arrangement is a vital aspect of creating good feng shui, there are many other ways to enhance a classroom’s energy using special colors, plants, and inspirational artwork. The specific adjustments will vary depending on the students’ energies. For example, a class of rambunctious students can be calmed in a classroom that is painted light colors such as pastel yellow, sky blue, or pale green. On the other hand, bold colors, such as bright red, vibrant blue, or fluorescent green can over-stimulate these same students and cause anxiety or hyperactivity.

More than ever, we need to pay attention to how our children’s environment affects their potential. They not only learn reading, writing, and arithmetic in the classrooms, but are also developing crucial social skills, and honing their judgement and decision making skills. Our children spend a substantial amount of time during their critical formative years in the classroom. It is vital that their environment is created to positively support their growth and evolution as much as possible.

"The ability of a teacher to effectively communicate ideas and guide students, and the ability of the students to absorb information are of the utmost consequence."

~Jenny Liu, Feng Shui Master