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Lesson Plans

Room for Zen

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Kerin Allen (
Thu, 15 Jul 1999 09:36:34 -0700

Kerin Allen wrote:

> Woody,
> Ha! Good answer. Can this be part of our district requisition?
> Now think of this. Maybe the sculpture and music students could team up with
> the science class and design a waterfall that not only babbles in a soothing
> key.. but runs through a Zen-like study area with carefully placed benches (from
> shop class) and stone lanterns (ceramics class) and irrigates a small plot (like
> the Hohokam) for the growing carrots, beans and corn for the cafeteria! Like
> they say... it could happen. However, I am not sure I have the energy to
> organize this massive effort! But I would certainly volunteer as part of the
> team.
> Actually, I was just wondering how to arrange the inside of a classroom so
> the energy flow (as touted by the Feng Shui masters) remains calm in areas for
> focused concentration and electric in other areas for generating creativity.
> >From what I've read this may only be possible by dividing the room into sections
> which might cause problems with traffic flow. However, I've seen nothing
> specifically addressing this in the Feng Shui literature.
> I've read a little on the effects of color in the classroom setting. One
> idea was to paint the wall behind the teacher a pale shade of yellow to enhance
> attention and maintain alertness of the students. The teacher could also use
> their clothing in the same manner. Contrast or blend with the wall depending how
> they want their students to interact with them. The student's desks and wall
> behind them was painted a soothing blue to keep the teacher cool, calm and
> collected. (I wonder if the kids figure this out and wear blue when they don't
> want to be called on? Camoflage at its finest.) The pschology of color is a
> most interesting topic. Have any thoughts on this?
> P.S. Grandkids are adorable. They must bring you great joy. Do you use them as
> models for your work?
> Kerin Allen (AZ)
> wduncan wrote:
> > > Feng Shui!
> >
> > It's a delightful idea. Why not; a bubbling brook, a recycling waterfall,
> > north light and white noise, a restful rock garden just outside in plain view
> > and a cedar deck, they all should be part of our national standards.
> >
> > --
> >
> > This E-mail message is from Artist/Teacher Woody Duncan
> > Rosedale Middle School in Kansas City, Kansas
> > to see my beautiful grandkids Tim, Tess and Tiff click on
> >
> > to see my students working in the RMSartSTUDIO click on
> >
> > to contact me via E-mail
> > click on wduncan
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