Taking Minimalism into the classroom – a complete teaching unit on The Minimalists’ documentary

Teacher Pack – Minimalism

Could your life be more meaningful with less?

The 2016 documentary, Minimalism: a documentary about the important things (directed by Matt D’Avella and featuring The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus), offers a thought-provoking answer to this question through an exploration of how individuals are finding ways to live a more fulfilled life with only what matters most.

D’Avella follows Fields Millburn and Nicodemus on their 10-month tour of the United States as they promote their book, Everything That Remains.  Along the way, viewers meet others who have adopted a minimalist approach in their lives, as well as hearing from a range of experts about how minimalism could just be the answer to many of our life’s challenges.

That’s why I’m so thrilled to have created this comprehensive Teacher Pack – MinimalismThis teaching unit equips educators with all that’s needed to deliver high-quality learning experiences which unpack the key messages of this powerful documentary film with secondary school students.

Pack contents (in digital format, ready for immediate download and use):

  • Teacher Guide – 22 pages
  • Student Booklet – 19 pages
  • Teaching PowerPoint – 23 slides

Why I created this resource

To be completely honest, this resource reflects everything I’ve set out to achieve with White Space Words.

Since I first watched Minimalism around a year ago, it’s had a real impact, both personally and in my profession as an educator.  It’s such a powerful film with so many thought-provoking messages.  I’ve taken a number of steps to simplify my life (thanks also to The Minimalists’ podcast) and, in my teaching, I’ve definitely been more reflective and deliberate (see my blog on Slow Teaching for more).

In addition, in founding White Space Words earlier this year, a deliberately minimal approach has formed the basis of all I’ve set out to achieve.  From the website’s design itself to every product available on site, my goal has been to create simple, beautiful and meaningful resources for education and inspiration, using the mantra, ‘say just enough’.

It’s a pleasure to have combined my belief in the benefits of a more minimal approach to living in the conception of an educational resource which reflects this philosophy – all the while focused on complementing an excellent documentary on that very subject.  It’s an important film with which all secondary school students should engage and my goal is that this teaching unit will make that a reality.


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