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The global COVID-19 pandemic turned our learning spaces upside down. Even as time goes on, many of us are still working and learning from home in some capacity. Assessing the spaces where we are spending productive time is more vital than ever. Ensure your home workspaces are set up for success this year. You can do plenty to improve your at-home work areas, from clearing out a clutter-free space for yourself to reducing your home's energy usage.
- The Green Classroom Professional course provides the information necessary to understand what supports or impedes healthy learning spaces.
- Reflect on how the school environment relates to your student's new workspaces as you take the course.
- When you complete the course, assess your space for improvements and rearrangements to improve the indoor environmental quality and productivity. Use the guidance and resources from the online course to make those changes.
- Improve your home learning environment:
- Designate a specific space for working- this is the most important step in providing a sustainable home learning space. We recommend a well-lit area with limited technology distractions, outdoor views, and multiple seating options.
- Declutter the space to eliminate as many distractions as possible. Work surfaces and the spaces around them should be clear and void of any stray items.
- Provide as much daylight to your space as possible. Not only is it good for your circadian rhythms, daylight has proven to increase productivity.
- Open windows and doors to ventilate the air throughout the room.
- Get outside! If you have outdoor space, we recommend taking breaks from the indoors and see the outdoors as a second learning space.
- Explore nature through lessons suitable for at-home learning or just take your work outside for some fresh air.
- Track, measure, and improve your home's efficiency with Arc. Use the free online platform with your children to investigate and address how your home uses resources.
- For more guidance and resources on homeschooling through the COVID-19 quarantine, we recommend the published advice and resources from the Coalition for Responsible Home Education.
- Find resources for each of your roles in Trancsend Education's resource hub for school closures.