Meet Farah Ghazale, a young teacher with a modern teaching philosophy.
Whilst trying to refine her pedagogy, Miss Farah discovered that happy students are more productive.
To help her students unwind, Miss Farah incorporated a variety of relaxation techniques in her teaching.
As she stumbled across techniques the elementary school educator started to blog in 2009 to share her findings.
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‘Teaching, a career that I never thought I would pursue, became my passion and happiness in life,’ she said.
‘Blogging was the best way of me sharing this passion to everyone around the world. It was my personal record of my learning and growth as a teacher and a learner.
‘Personally, I realised that the time I take to sit down and reflect on what I do, what I read, or what I observe has really helped my own path as an educator,’ said Miss Farah.
The educational blog features classroom anecdotes, classroom management techniques, classroom decoration ideas and tips, and the importance of encouraging children in a healthy lifestyle.
Miss Farah’s readers were particularly interested in her focus on meditation, music and laughter yoga.
‘My Students and I Meditate What a great way to start the day! Every morning my students arrive, they say “Good morning” and get ready for our morning routine. We start by doing some breathing and stretching exercises.
‘Then we sit down on the carpet with our legs crossed and our eyes closed. On the first day, we tried it but they started laughing. Now, when we meditate, I don’t hear a word or a giggle, they are so focused!’ said Miss Farah.
Miss Farah advocates for good classroom ambience and uses lavender oil as a calming scent for students and encouarges parents to do the same.
‘I always like to have a nice ambiance in the classroom with a refreshing scent. So, I used to spray scents from the can, which I discovered was not very healthy. So I researched and came into conclusion, that lavender oil is the best, especially that it is not being sprayed and contains no chemicals.
‘All you have to do is, get a tissue, put some of the lavender oil on the tissue and place it somewhere not made of wood because the tissue will stick to it. Lavender oil is very calming. It also helps people who have insomnia.
‘It has a calming scent, which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves. Therefore, it helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity,’ said Miss Farah.
For more of Miss Farah’s handy tips you can visit her blog www.missfarah.com or meet her in person at the opening of her Education Centre, Begin Bright Burwood this Saturday at 10am. More details here.