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FosteringFosteringMutual RespectMutual Respect22-23 Inspired Teaching Institutes:USING IMPROV TO GROW 5614 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 258, WDC 20015Copyright © Center for Inspired Teaching 2022CONTENTSThe Inspired Teaching Approach............................2Coloring Our Emotions.............................................3Student-Led Museum Tour......................................4Physical Warm-Ups for Mutual Respect...............5Emotional/Voice Warm-Ups for MutualRespect.........................................................................63 Mutual Respect Discussion/ReflectionActivities.......................................................................6Keep the Mutual Respect Going.............................7Get #Inspired2Learn!Please click on the activity names throughoutthis guide, visit, orscan the above QR code to access a collectionof ready-to-use lessons and activities with full,detailed explanations of each activity andapplicable Common Core Standards to helpyou become an Inspired Teacher!

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In this booklet, we offer a range of activities focused on Mutual Respect. Here is what that looks like inpractice:www.inspiredteaching.orgCopyright © Center for Inspired Teaching 2022The Inspired Teaching ApproachThe Inspired Teaching ApproachAt Inspired Teaching, we help teachers foster engagement-based, student-centered classroomsthrough these 5 Core Elements: Mutual Respect, Student as Expert, Purpose, Persistence, andAction, Joy, and Wide-Ranging Evidence of Student Learning.Every student, every teacher, every parent or guardian, every school leader, every staff member, everycustodian, everyone. Students’ ideas and teachers’ ideas are encouraged and appreciated as part ofacademic instruction. Students and teachers are partners in setting and maintaining high expectations.Instead of looking to behavior management or other crowd control mechanisms, adults in schoolembrace relationship-based discipline, restorative justice, and other philosophies that authenticallybuild self-discipline and intrinsic motivation, and teach genuine responsibility. Students are notexpected simply to comply with rules. The expectation is that school will help students thrive.Everyone's voice matters.Everyone's voice matters.2

Page 3 Copyright © Center for Inspired Teaching 20223Coloring Our EmotionsColoring Our EmotionsProvide students with a wide array of paint chips that show colors on a spectrum. Have them pick acolor that best represents how they are feeling right now.Invite students to stand in a circle and share their name, the color they chose, and a gesture thatexpresses the emotion they associate with that color. The rest of the group repeats the name, color, andgesture three times. Have students walk around the room (or better yet outside) and look for all the places where they seethis color, in its various hues (you may need to talk about what hues are).Bring the group back together and have them think about how the emotion they attached to that coloralso exists in them at different levels of intensity. Looking at their paint chip, have them write somethingin each box that describes what is happening when their emotion is at that level of intensity. Havestudents partner up and discuss what they wrote.Debrief as a class with questions such as: What is it like to think about your emotions in this way? to DoDiscipline: This activity can be applied in anyclass or subject area. Age level: All (with some adaptations foryounger students)Materials: Paint chips from the hardware storeTime: 15-30 minutes (or longer if you buildout some of the activities) Recognizing, talking about, andrespecting our own and others’feelings is vital to building MutualRespect in the classroom.Click on the activity title to be taken to the detailed explanation.How This Activity Fosters Mutual RespectMutual respect is grounded in the belief that all feelings matter; that I see you as you are, and welcome you with whatever feelings you bring into the learning environment. An activity like Coloring Our Emotions validates that.

Page 4 Copyright © Center for Inspired Teaching 20224Student-Led Museum TourStudent-Led Museum TourExplain to students that they are going to develop some expertise in understanding pieces of art. Artappreciation is about observation, learning what you can about a piece, and noticing what stands out toyou. In this activity, they’ll be doing all of that and sharing what they learn with their peers.Offer a wide variety of artworks students can study, and let them choose one that speaks to them.Examples can be found in this slide deck with images pulled from Smithsonian websites.Invite students to spend at least 10 minutes observing the piece, reading about the artist, and coming upwith answers to prompts like these.Once 10 minutes are up bring the group together and have each student share.After all presentations are over, debrief as a class with questions such as: What did you learn as theexpert on your particular piece of art? What was it like to share this piece with others? to DoDiscipline: As described, this would be goodfor an ELA activity in which students areworking on visual literacy, but could beadapted for any subject area.Age level: All (with some adaptations foryounger students)Materials: Art images (can be found on mostmuseum sites). Also, this activity would beamazing on a field trip to an art museum!Time: At least one 45-minute class period.Discussing art from one's own position as an observer, and learner,builds Mutual Respect by positioning the student as an emerging expert.Click on the activity title to be taken to the detailed explanation.How This Activity Fosters Mutual RespectWhen students share their learning, they demonstrate that they know things that the rest of the class doesn’t, and that builds their respect for each other. Thoughtfully preparing questions and the presentation shows respect for peers.

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www.inspiredteaching.orgCopyright © Center for Inspired Teaching 2022Discipline: These activities can be appliedin any class or subject area.Age level: AllTime: 15-30 minutes (or longer if you buildout some of the activities)These warm-up activitiesactivate the mind and body, butthey also offer the opportunityfor students to feel seen andheard right as class begins. Youcan do them all in sequence orjust one or a few at a time.5Warming Up withWarming Up withMutual RespectMutual RespectThis activity involves doing things on each sideof the body. But each side of the body followsits own sequence of movements. At first, eachside operates separately, then you put bothtogether.Model for the class first, using the providedguidance here.Keep going for several repetitions and observehow students are problem-solving when theylose track of what one arm or the other is doing.Debrief by asking students what they noticeabout their own thinking as they try to do this.What makes it hard? What helps it feel easier?Bilateral SynchronizationClick on the activity title to be taken to the detailed explanation.Guide students through the following breathingand stretching exercise, modeling themovements yourself.Stand upright, straight, arms at sides.Breathe in. Breathe out. Ground yourself.Deep breath in. Bend all the way forward, hands reach forthe ground. Breathe out.Rise up, hands on shins, straight back.Breathe in. Bend back all the way forward, hands reachfor the ground. Breathe out. Rise all the way up, raise hands above head.Breathe in.Repeat.Full Body BreathingPhysical Warm-UpsPhysical Warm-Ups

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Voice/Emotion Warm-UpsVoice/Emotion Warm-Upswww.inspiredteaching.orgCopyright © Center for Inspired Teaching 20226Where Are My Needs?Children learn and grow best when theirneeds (Autonomy, Belonging, Competence,Developmental Appropriateness, andEngagement) are met. In this activity,you'll introduce students to an InspiredTeaching tool called the "ABCDE ofLearner Needs" which teachers andstudents can use to evaluate where theirneeds are and aren't being met.Name and a Gesture:Share Your Skills EditionWhile standing (ideally in a circle), each studentshares their name, something they're good at, anda gesture to go with that thing. For example:"Linnea, listening to my friends," (holds hand toear). The rest of the group repeats the name,activity, and gesture three times. on the activity title to be taken to the detailed explanation.Emotion Alphabet In this activity, invite your students to call out anemotion (for example: happy, sad, frustrated,anxious). After selecting one, the group will conveythe emotion starting out with its smallestexpression, increasing in intensity with each letter.So at "A," the emotion is at its least extreme, whileat "Z," it's in its fullest and loudest form. Repeatwith a variety of emotions.Finding Yourself on the LineThis activity and the video it is basedupon work best for students in middleschool and above. However, there arecertainly discussions you can have withyounger students that address thesesame ideas. As a class, watch this videoand have students write down whatstands out to them. Afterward, have adiscussion with the class using some ofthe questions provided here as a startingpoint.Interesting, Important, UsefulThis activity invites students to explorewhat the words Interesting, Important,and Useful mean to them by having themshare their observations regarding whatmakes something Interesting, Important,and/or Useful. They then use thoseobservations to create definitions for thewords. Afterward, students reflect ontheir own lives right now and share outwhat they find Interesting, Important,and/or Useful. The content they sharecan be infused into your instruction!1.1.3 Mutual Respect Discussion / Reflection Activities3 Mutual Respect Discussion / Reflection Activities

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Take the Copyright © Center for Inspired Teaching 20226Keep the Mutual Respect Going...Keep the Mutual Respect Going...One of the ways we’ve encouraged teachersto build mutual respect is through nurturingstudent voice with our Speak Truth approach.Speak Truth is a program in which studentschoose topics to bring into discussion withtheir peers. Using a thorough planning guideand thoughtful preparation process studentsfacilitate 45 minute to 1-hour discussions ona huge range of issues. Listening and learningtogether, they deepen their understanding ofeach others’ perspectives. You can find outmore and download a free copy of thisguidebook here. Speak Truth is honest and respectful discussion aboutcontemporary social issues—by students, for students.If you found this resource useful,please complete a short survey aboutit by clicking the button below.We want your feedback!Join us at our nextFAST-PACED,IDEA-RICHInstitute!View UpcomingInstitutes