March 11

Does a quiet classroom boost learning?

Dr Helen Lees from Stirling University's School of Education has written a new book Silence in Schools to be published next year. In it she talks about how silence and stillness and keeping noise to a minimum can enhance pupil's learning, concentration and behaviour. A study carried out by South Bank University and the Institute of Education in London found that children’s exam results were cut by as much as a third if they taught in noisy classrooms. At Relax Kids we are delighted to hear about this new research and it proves even further the power of peace and quiet brought on by moments of relaxation and meditation. It is becoming more and more vital for pupils of all ages to adopt periods of quiet contemplation and reflection. Would you like to bring a few moments of quiet to your classroom? Try a minute of quiet at registration or assembly. Pupils (and even adults) may feel uncomfortable at first as silence is often unchartered territory. However with time, they can learn to appreciate and enjoy the moment. The quiet time can be used to let their minds drift and wander. This is deeply relaxing and restorative as it allows them a few moment of time out from the busyness and noise. Alternatively, if they need something to focus on, they could repeat the words 'I am calm' 'I am peaceful' 'I am quiet' You can also use Relax Kids relaxation CDs such as Relaxed and Ready to Learn.

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