This morning I was working with an Alexander technique pupil, a woman in her sixties, who commented to me during the lesson, ‘I feel so calm!’.
And one of the benefits of the Alexander technique is that it produces both mental and physical quietness, a reduction in stress and anxiety and an ability to use energy wisely, rather than rush at everything like a bull in a china shop.
And then I began to wonder, what are the ingredients of the ‘calm classroom’?
And I think a new project, for me, will be to develop a workshop that unpicks that question and gives teachers insights into how they can create calm in their classrooms, whatever the age, temperaments or needs of their pupils.
So, in the coming posts, I shall explore ‘the calm classroom’ and what skills teachers need to create one.