~ Behavior Case Studies ~
Susan would like to share some of her experiences with her second grade children who have had behavior problems and the changes they experienced in her classroom. She attributes these changes to her use of the principles of Feng Shui.

Case Study #1: Brent*
Brent and his mother came into my classroom on the first day of school - both of them with scowls on their faces. We teachers know trouble when we see it. Brent was also very below grade level and didn't know how to make friends but it didn't take Brent very long to get used to the room and my rules and procedures. Reading was still a problem but his behavior was fine. One day I received a phone call from his mother asking why I hadn't phoned her. I replied that I didn't know I was supposed to have called her. We eventually had a conference where she told me that Brent had been on medication but was taken off of it because it makes him ill. I told her that I didn't think he needed to be on medication and that his behavior was fine. Wow! The whole tone of the conversation changed. For the rest of the year, Brent came to school with a smile on his face everyday. He was a very sweet and polite boy although he was still below grade level. At the end of second grade, a third grade teacher saw Brent and asked me if I knew who he was; she thought he looked so sweet wanted him in her third grade class. For both third and fourth grade, Brent has been in classrooms where the teachers use a light touch of Feng Shui. He still is a nice and polite young boy who still comes by my room to say hi, always with a smile on his face. I believe that the principles of Feng Shui that I used in my classroom had an affect that changed his whole outlook on school.

Case Study #2: Jeremy*
During the last months of school, a first grade teacher was having trouble with a boy who she had suspended from school at least once a week and practically lived in the principal's office. She asked me if I could take Jeremy for a couple of hours because he was driving her and her class crazy. What could I say? I knew I would be getting him next year and I did! When Jeremy came to second grade, he was an angry boy with no friends. He was very big for his age and liked to bully his peers. Since being in my classroom, his behavior changed; even the kids told me that Jeremy was nicer that year. He was far below grade level and struggled doing paperwork but tried the best he could. Jeremy began to make friends after I suggested he ask his peers if he could play with them. I never had to suspend him. In fact, he only received one playground citation --for running on the blacktop-- and I never had to send him to see the principal. The colors and furniture placement suggested by Feng Shui calmed him to the point that he could function in a school atmosphere. His mother was so happy at one of our conferences that she couldn't stop her tears. Unfortunately the following year, he was placed in a classroom where his teacher didn't use a light touch of Feng Shui and he was back to bullying children and getting into trouble.

Case Study #3: Denise*
Denise had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder but her parents did not want her to take any medication. She was far below grade level and working with our reading specialist. According to brain research in the processing Model of Memory System, of the five senses that receive information, sight accounts for 49%; if a student with A.D.H.D. sees too much going on in the classroom (such as too many objects on the walls, ceiling or in the room) he/she will have difficulty controlling his/her actions. The color and organization principles of Feng Shui help to create a feeling of calmness and balance in the classroom. By the end of the year, Denise was able to do much more work in the classroom without bothering her peers. She did so well that she was able to test out of the special reading program. Though Feng Shui will not cure A.D.H.D., it will help the student be calmer in the classroom creating a better learning environment for both the student and teacher.

*Names have been changed to protect the student's privacy

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