Saturday, October 25, 2014

Teacher Tips: How To Relax in Your Classroom

You've probably hopped over here today because you cannot imagine how ANYONE could RELAX in a classroom. My own classroom is a chaotic, messy place where mystery tissues are currently running amuck. 

Most days, despite the chaos, I feel absolutely in control. But other days, I feel like I am spiraling into a black hole with no way out. I'm sure you understand what I mean. 

What I usually do when this happens is work even harder, which stresses me out even more

So, I've developed some coping strategies to help me avoid being sucked into this "black hole." I use these tactics during my planning or lunch time to help me refocus.

The Comfy Chair: 
This is the comfiest chair in my classroom. Some days I set my timer and sit in this chair for 5 minutes. During this time I am NOT allowed to think about school at all. Instead I think about the new shoes I want to buy or how I would organize my dream kitchen. It is really difficult to sit the entire 5 minutes, but it really helps me refocus.

 Coloring Dinos: 
Call me childish, but I LOVE to color. One of the many perks of being a classroom teacher is the virtually endless supply of crayons. Some days during lunch I will take a few minutes to color a picture out of my favorite Dinosaur coloring book. I keep a stash of the best crayons in the class in my desk for this purpose. I usually feel SO much more relaxed and ready to pick up my students. 

Lights Out, Pandora On: 
During my planning and lunch times I always work with the lights out. Sometimes I turn on Pandora on my computer. Depending on my mood I have a few favorite channels: Easy Listening Radio, Classical for Studying, and Jack Johnson Kids. These are all channels that are safe for kids or adults who may happen to walk into your room during this time. 

We only get a few precious moments to ourselves each day. (And some days NONE at all) Sometimes we get so caught up in the magnitude of our responsibilities and we get overwhelmed. Taking this time to reflect each day has really helped me to prioritize and keep my cool.

Do you have any other suggestions for ways to refocus throughout the day? I would love to hear about them in the comments! :)


  1. I've tried to add lamps to my room this year so I can turn off the florescent lights as much as possible. I think it has helped both me and my students. I notice if the overhead lights are turned on someone will ask to turn them off every time.

  2. I love to do directed drawings with my students, and, just this week, I have really gotten into doing them just as a way to relax. I love having the room dark and just sit there and draw. One day I did some while the kids were having snack and I projected them on the screen. The kids were so quiet and tried to guess what I was drawing.

  3. I used to turn out the lights in my room during my prep and lunch because I felt like I'd get a headache under the lights, because they can be so bright! I don't know why, but I haven't been doing it lately. I might need to get back into this habit, because I definitely felt less stressed when I would take a break from the lights. And I love that you put music on too! My school blocked pandora...boohoo! I might need to lug in the old cd's from home and listen to those during my prep time for now on. Thank you so much for the suggestions!!!

    Kelly Nelson
    Mrs. Nelson is Missing


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