Dr Kathryn Murray is passionate about creating opportunities to give children the best possible start in life. She is the founder of Future Strong Education Consultancy, Australia, and an environment design expert – implementing her original Brain-SET Environment Formula©.
Kathryn has written numerous articles on productive environments, teaching practices and parenting and has used her 40+ years of experience, research and intuition to support children, educators, teams, leaders and parents.
She’s an expert in aligning the learning environment with children’s brain development. In this interview, she talks about her BrainSET Environment Formula which links the survival, emotional and thinking parts of the brain. The first element is Survival or Design for Learning which includes small, defined spaces scattered throughout the room. The second element is Emotional or Feelings for Learning which includes soft furnishings, natural colours and lamps. The third element is Thinking or Spaces for Learning. All of these elements are designed to create a calm environment where children feel safe and can engage in learning.
Dr Murray’s mantra is that ‘a calm brain is a thinking brain’, so the environment should be designed to create a sense of safety and security.
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