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5-10 minutes, plus prep and discussion




Photocopies, access to technology


To provide an opportunity to note what makes something inspiring and how different people can be inspired in different ways

  • Each day a student is responsible for providing a source of inspiration from Scripture for the class, like sharing a quote OR a YouTube video (under two minutes) OR an Instagram post (these must be previewed and approved before sharing with the class).
  • Discuss the concept of “inspiration” with the group when introducing the practice and arrange a schedule outlining when each student will contribute.
  • Provide opportunities for students to use technology to research and find inspirational quotes from Scripture.
  • It can be helpful to discuss the concept of inspiration since it might mean different things to different groups (e.g., spoken word poetry, visual images, organization techniques, puppies).
  • Create a class calendar for students to sign up in pairs for two- to three-minute presentations so they can explore and share sources of inspiration together.

School life can be busy and stressful for intermediate students. Taking a few minutes each day to pause and reflect can be helpful for stress management (Chambers, Gullone, & Allen, 2009). Sharing student views about inspiring content can help to create a positive emotional climate in the classroom that models caring behaviour and honours diverse views (Rivers, Brackett, Reyes, Elbertson, & Salovey, 2013).

References Chambers, R., Gullone, E., & Allen, N. B. (2009). Mindful emotion regulation: An integrative review. Clinical Psychology Review. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2009.06.005

Rivers, S. E., Brackett, M. A., Reyes, M. R., Elbertson, N. A., & Salovey, P. (2013). Improving the Social and Emotional Climate of Classrooms: A Clustered Randomized Controlled Trial Testing the RULER Approach. Prevention Science, 14(1), 77-87. doi:10.1007/s11121-012-0305-2

Catholic connection As Catholic teachers we are called to nurture an environment that promotes spiritual well-being.

(5e) A collaborative contributor who respects the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self and others.