“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Pablo Picasso
There are times during the day that just… flow. This happens when the pacing is right, everyone is engaged and there’s a gentle buzz of excitement in the room. This is when students might spontaneously burst into a familiar song. Soon, everyone is singing along. These are the moments when I’m most at peace as a teacher. Sometimes they occur when we’re involved in a creative task. Or when we’re working together to solve a tricky math problem. Or using our scientific minds to create a rainbow. These moments might happen when we’re writing stories about a recent field trip or crafting a play based on a favorite book. My goal is to create lots of these moments each day. This feeling of “Classroom Zen” brings joy to everyone.
When do your students experience these moments of peaceful flow? Can you create situations to foster them? Perhaps they’ll happen when your students are writing and illustrating a poem about something important to them. They could be triggered by something as simple as counting how many books of different genres you have in your library. When students are engaged with a creative purpose, Classroom Zen just… happens.
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