A collection of ready-to-use lessons and activities from Inspired Teaching® to help foster engaging learning with students at all grade levels, in all subject areas.
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These closing activities are designed to offer a back-and-forth between a student’s family and the classroom. They center students’ voices rather than that of the teacher.
Every minute of class is an opportunity to build community but with some intention, those last minutes of class can be a great time to deepen relationships.
There are lots of ways to gauge how well a lesson went in just the last few minutes of class and these forms of feedback can sometimes even be fun.
having students reflect on what they’ve learned and apply that knowledge in new ways can be critical to getting the learning to stick.
The very first thing we say to students as they enter class can set the tone for all that follows.
Starting class with movement can make a world of difference in focus and attention.
Starting class with stillness, attention and deep breathing can set a peaceful tone for your day.
It’s great when you can connect your class opener to content and there are lots of quick and simple ways to do that.
The core of community building is about being seen, heard, known, and appreciated for who you are.
Gauging the temperature of the room right off the bat can give you a better idea of what you’re working with.
Understanding where the number pi comes from may not be the key to understanding geometry, but it teaches students that math actually describes the world around us and that understanding can build motivation to learn.
All of our senses are working all the time and these activities heighten our awareness of that fact.