Social Studies / History

#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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Zoom Out

Zoom Out

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

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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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Plan a Trip 

Plan a Trip 

In this activity, students plan a trip from start to finish including where they wish to go and what they wish to see when they go there.

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September Inspired Teaching Institute

Teachers can’t control what happens between the time students wake up and when they arrive at school but they have a lot of control over what happens when students cross the classroom threshold. Participants in this fast-paced, idea-rich Institute will learn 20 different strategies for starting the school day!