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Building School Connectedness

Thank you for joining Inspired Teaching for our LinkedIn Live on the importance and urgency of creating connection in our school communities.

Hooray For Monday

Inspired Teaching’s award-winning collection of resources and insights, shared via inboxes and podcast platforms every week. See below for our recent issues with a specific focus on building school connectedness.

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Activities for Building Connection

Inspired Teaching offers an array of easy-to-implement strategies and activities for building connection in your classroom. We’ve highlighted a few below and encourage you to learn more about our Inspired2Learn and Instigator of Thought Challenge resource collections.


Sometimes one person can have lots and lots of feelings — different from each other. This activity encourages students to explore that experience.

Zoom Out

Considering the size of our problems in relation to larger context can help us understand the nature of the issue better, and sometimes even makes the problem seem less huge


In a moment when the world is especially fraught with change and uncertainty, we are all struggling to observe, name, and adjust to the flood of feelings around and within us. This activity was created in response to that reality.

4 Ways to Start Class with Breathing & Mindfulness

Starting class with stillness, attention, and deep breathing can set a peaceful tone for your day.

Coloring Our Emotions

Talking about feelings is vital to building mutual respect in the classroom. Considering feelings in a visual way can deepen that discussion.

Professional Development

Professional learning that is fun and engaging is also effective! Join us for our monthly Inspired Teaching Institutes for a unique, joyful professional development experience that will help you build connection with your practice, your students, and your school community. 

PD to promote a “Yes! And…” Mindset

In this article in Kappan magazine’s May 2023 issue, Aleta shares in-depth insights and research into how — and why — to create relevant and engaging professional development opportunities for teachers.

Read the article here.

May: 10 Ways to End the School Year with Joy

As the school year winds to a close there is joy in the completion but there is also cause for celebration in the journey. In this Institute, participants will explore 10 different year-end activities that range in duration from 10 minutes to several days. Each activity keeps the learning going and makes use of the community you’ve built over the course of the school year. These activities are applicable to multiple grade levels and subject areas.


This summer Center for Inspired Teaching invites teachers of all subjects and grade levels at schools in Washington, DC to an invigorating learning experience grounded in the art of improvisation and the 5 Core Elements that lead to an engagement-rich classroom. Join us June 27-29 to build creative teaching practices using improvisational techniques. Lunch will be provided daily and participants will receive a stipend. The application deadline is May 15. Space is limited; apply today at the button below!