I came across – and shared on my FB page – a version of the ‘Shhhhhhhhh – Quiet!’ spray some months ago. To this day, I’m still unsure whether it was created to be sprayed around a room or in someone’s face. Not a pupil’s face; that would be crazy and inappropriate (and illegal). I was thinking more along the lines of wives, husbands, girlfriends, mother-in-laws etc.
After seeing it shared again recently, I decided to finally put an idea I had into practice. If we can can create a quieter classroom with a few sprays of a bottle, could we use similar ‘spray’ models to build confidence, reduce anxiety around tests, create calming learning environments for those pupils who rely on them, and generally create a ‘bring-it-on’ ethos – all with a few sprays of *ahem* water.
I won’t bark on about how these should be used; I’m sure you can think of more ways than I can. I will give my favourite example though. We ask our six-year-olds – in countries all over the World – to sit formal tests. Some cry. Many report feelings of anxiety. How about a few sprays of courage around the room to lighten the mood? Squirt a bit of awesomeness into the air for good measure. Pretend it’s magic water; add food-colouring, glitter, whatever floats your boat. Create that bit of humour; that bit of awe of wonder that could take away the fear or put a spring-in-the-step of just one child. If we can do that; we make our difference and our kids make progress regardless of what they say. So here’s what I came up with:
As a massive thank you for turning up and – sometimes – reading my ramblings over the last twelve months, I’m making all four labels available for free download. All I ask, is that they don’t suddenly appear for sale anywhere (TpTs, eBay etc), that they remain for personal use, and that we’re credited – ideally FB tagged – in any shared posts by fellow Facebook Page-Owners. The rest is up to you The label was designed for a popular UK-brand anti-bacterial spray, but should fit a range of bottles.
Here’s the link: Liquid Classroom Labels
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