Fine and Performing Arts

#Inspired2Learn is a collection of Inspired Teaching® resources and lessons
to help parents and teachers foster engaging learning with students.

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Finding the Zone of Proximal Development

Finding the Zone of Proximal Development

This activity helps students to become aware of their zones of proximal development, those spaces that push them to stretch beyond what they already know and can do toward what might be possible.

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Make Way for the Monarchs

Make Way for the Monarchs

Few lifecycles are as enticing to observe in their entirety as that of monarchs and watching the transformation from a caterpillar into a creature that can fly is a powerful metaphor for the kind of transformation one can do through learning.

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Finding Smiles

Finding Smiles

Focused and specific feedback on how we positively relate to others is good for our self-esteem and encourages us to lean into our authentic selves.

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Hands and Feet Stories

Hands and Feet Stories

Learning to listen deeply may very well be one of the most important skills we can cultivate as members of a community and one of the ways we can demonstrate our understanding of what we hear is by sharing back what was said.

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Seeing with Different Eyes

Seeing with Different Eyes

Using basic observation and listening skills, this activity can serve as a catalyst for building community in the classroom and deepening understanding of how each of your students thinks.

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Yes. But… vs. Yes! And…

Yes. But… vs. Yes! And…

As teachers, embracing an improvisational mindset can help us think creatively about problems, and building this kind of thinking in our students can do the same for them. This activity is a good place to start. 

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Seven Bikes

Seven Bikes

This activity combines observation and inquiry as learners exercise their imaginations to find multiple answers to the same question.

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Automatic Writing

Automatic Writing

One way to stimulate our imaginations is to relax and let our minds flow uninterrupted. Automatic writing gives our minds the space to do just that.

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Sometimes

Sometimes

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

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Inside/Outside 

Inside/Outside 

In a moment where 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.  

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Start a News Show 

Start a News Show 

This activity puts learners in the role of journalist, capturing what’s happening in their day and offering a more local approach to news for friends and family.

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August Inspired Teaching Institute

Meeting new classes for the first time can be daunting! So many names to learn, so many new personalities to get to know. Join us on Wednesday, August 10 as we share what we’ve learned through working with hundreds of new classes for more than 27 years.