White Space

“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.”  Brene Brown

Heart-a-Day #14:  White Space

We began working on our rainbow collages today. “Make sure to fill in the white space,” I reminded them as they began with the red arch. What about white space in a daily lesson plan? I like to use those extra few minutes each day for spontaneous creativity. We can sing a song we love or dance from one place to another. Sometimes, we’ll do drawings about what’s going well at school that day or invent a song about who was particularly kind during lunch or recess. Grabbing the white space during the day is fun. Even better, it helps the students find ways to fill their own white space outside of school.

How can you creatively fill the white space in your schedule? Perhaps a call-response chant as you walk to lunch? An energizing dance after a lesson? When you fill the white space with creative activities, you fill your classroom with joy. You’ll love how the students love it.


(Access to these photographs does not constitute a transfer of copyright or a license for commercial use. The images are for personal use only. No portion of the images can be used without the expressed written permission of Michael B. Stanley, Jr.)

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I am an artist, musician, author and kindergarten teacher wanting to share what I have learned about teaching and making art.

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