Have you ever noticed those annoying fluorescent lights in the classroom? Of course, you have! You may even develop headaches or see words moving around on black and white papers/worksheets like me. Well, if they affect me like that, then they probably also annoy my students (especially those with sensory issues).
Okay, so how did I solve this dilemma? One way I tried to combat this issue was by putting lamps with soft lighting around the room. This helped some, but those pesky lights above still annoyed us greatly.
My final solution (thanks to seeing other teachers use these)? I bought these Educational Insights The Original Fluorescent Light Filters in Tranquil Blue 4-Pack, and Abilitations Cozy Shades Softening Light Filters – 54 x 24 inches – Pack of 4 – Purple on Amazon and am happy as can be with them. The colors really spruced up the look of my classroom, but most importantly, I could say “bye-bye” (gladly) to the headaches and moving text on pages.
These were easy to hang (there are magnets on the corners of each one that quickly attaches to the metal rims around the ceiling tiles). I not only love the look of them but how much better they are on our eyes, how it calmed all of us and enhanced the ambiance of my classroom. My students (and school parents) always comment how “inviting” my classroom looks; I definitely give some credit to these amazing products.
I’m also putting a few other options that I’ve seen in some of our teachers’ classrooms. There’s a huge variety of them. These are affiliate links. I hope you’ll give these a try!