With more and more teaching happening online these days, many teachers are finding that they can work from home more and more. The key is to set up a dedicated work area, that is flexible, clutter free and can maybe even double as a cozy spot to hang on weekends.
The key is minimise distractions and let you get on with your online teaching duties. Often more than one person is studying or working from home these days, and if you need to share the space with a significant other, best to design the space to sit in opposite directions to each other. If the other person is still driving you crazy with loud phone calls, typing on an ancient keyboard, or has a bad addiction to Britney Spears, fear not – noise cancelling headphones could be your saviour. Sure they can be pricey, but worth their weight in gold if they let you actually get your teaching done.
There is no denying that teaching from home requires a certain level of technology. A high quality internet connection is of course a must, with an up to date laptop, tablet and smart phone completing the must haves. Though the trend is towards a paperless office, having a reliable printer is still mandatory equipment for todays teachers. All this and all your folders and bits and pieces, can create a bit of clutter in a small space. The best solution I have found is to aim to hide the entire space behind some large sliding doors or bifold doors. This way the space virtually non existent when not in use and its easy to hide all your work in one easy movement. Take the time to shop around and get the best possible door hardware you can afford, as this takes a lot of abuse. Nothing is more annoying than a beautiful set of doors that won’t shut properly or are hard to budge. Brio make top quality door hardware for all manner of doors and windows from sliding doors, French doors and bifold doors so make sure you check out their range.
Good lighting is also a must. Ideally natural light with some form of task lighting such as a desk lamp is the best combination for teaching or working from home. The more inviting a space is, the more likely you are to want to be in there a lot. Choosing the right colour palette is also key if you are spending most of your waking hours in the space. Colours are always a personal choice, but I tend to gravitate towards calming colours like pastel blues, greys and whites and paring that with natural timber and some indoor plants to give some life.