This is a short, practical, step-by-step guide designed to justify, inspire and support the whole process of clearing out the sheer amount of stuff that schools accumulate. "The DeCluttered School" is about enhancing life, and ultimately learning, from an environmental wellness perspective. The book is a short, practical, step-by-step guide designed to justify, inspire and support the whole process of clearing out the sheer amount of stuff that schools accumulate. Children can't move freely around rooms and often have to remain desk bound as their learning spaces are so crammed with ancient display, broken furniture and stored paraphernalia. Cleaners everywhere complain they can't do their job properly because they can't get round schools to clean under, behind, or on top of things any more. And absenteeism frequently occurs due to respiratory problems resulting from the fact that schools are dirty and parasites commonplace. Everyone in school deserves to be valued and nourished by their environment, instead of being depleted and undermined as is often the case today.
The time is right for people to acknowledge that school settings matter: there is an awareness of this issue and a willingness to deal with it. This book is intended as a solution, not part of the overload that has caused much of the problem in the first place. As Michael Fullan says, 'No more projectitus'. "The DeCluttered School" will inspire schools to clear up and encourage them to make the message part of the school ethos.
Jane C Anderson has been involved in education and training in various settings for over 28 years. She has designed and delivers a distance learning Diploma in Personal Wellness for Newcastle College. She is a Reiki practitioner and a Feng Shui consultant, as well as being an established writer, columnist and speaker in the field of professional development and personal enquiry in relation to environment.
Foreword by Mick Waters (Director of Curriculum QCA); About this book; People and their clutter; Where we are now; Schools say...(feedback the author has received from her training and consultation on clutterclearing); PART ONE: Before; Chapter 1: Six good reasons to clear your school; How Clutterclearing Ticks the Boxes (table); Chapter 2: Begin with people; Answers at the Ready (table); Chapter 3: The run-up; Clutterclearing Memo Board; Chapter 4: Let's do it!; Clutterclearing Day Checklist; Case Study One: The strange case of the marching corridor that thought it was a dumping ground; PART TWO: Afterwards; Chapter 5: Keeping it going; Whole School Clutterclearing Policy; Chapter 6: Integral peripherals; Reinventing and maintaining the classroom; Case Study Two: Dead mice and old medicine; PART THREE: Beyond; Chapter 7: Grow it bigger!; Conclusion; Case Study Three: Skip after skip after skip; PART FOUR: Check it out; Sources and references.