For MS and HS Teachers: Month 4

Table of Contents

As you advance through each month of 5 Radical Minutes, additional content will become available.

Week One

Day 1
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Prompt

A word we’re hearing passed around a lot these days is “grit.”  Grit is a combination of passion, courage, and perseverance. People with grit work hard, keep commitments, and learn from mistakes instead of folding because of them. With your partner today, give examples of people you know or people you know of, such as people in history, who had grit.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your examples have in common? Are there ways friends can help one another gain grit?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, think about the lessons we might learn from people with grit and how we can help one another.

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Prepare

Note: Tomorrow and Wednesday we’ll be watching two different videos. Thursday, our Community Circles will be in smaller groups of 4. Everyone will participate in a sketching activity. Print 1 activity sheet for each group.

Day 2
Introduction

Introduction

Today we’re going to talk about creativity, but first we’re going to watch a short video.

Watch the video here. (Forward through any ads ahead of time.)

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Prompt

How does screen time interfere with or limit creativity? What do we miss out on if we’re on our screens all day?  How is what we create on software limited in comparison to what we can create freehand?

Connecting

Connecting

What about your examples could inspire you to be more creative? What have you seen outside of your screen that inspired you and made you think differently about creating something? It might have been a sunset, a walk on the ocean or along a river, something clever that someone built or sidewalk art!

challenge

Daily Challenge

When you pick up your phone, challenge yourself to look around you for 15 seconds before you dive into your app, text, or social media account. Being aware of the world around us can not only inspire us, it can often keep us safe as well.

Day 3
Introduction

Introduction

Today we’re going to talk about the value of sketching.

Watch the video.

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Prompt

Because our video was 2:50, reduce the prompt response time to about 45 seconds each.

How is drawing a picture on paper different than using a computer software for drawing? What is lost when you use a computer software?

Connecting

Connecting

Let students connect with one another for the remaining 40 seconds.

Think about all the ways people communicate. Talk about something you remember because of the imagery that was used. Or maybe you could share how a picture helped explain a complicated thing more easily than a verbal explanation. (Maybe it’s a diagram of a cell, or the way the water cycle works.)

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Daily Challenge

Today, notice the way visual imagery can be engaging in a very different way than verbal communication or texts. Try grabbing a pen or pencil and paper to communicate something to a friend and see how it changes conversation. Maybe it’s as simple as a sticky note with a smiley face to leave on a locker. Or maybe it can help you solve a problem!

Note: Tomorrow we’re going to be in small group circles to do a shared sketch together. (groups of 4) Encourage your students to remember what you’ve viewed today because tomorrow they’re going to use it!

Day 4
Introduction

Community Circle Day

Introduction

Divide your class into groups of 4. Remind them of the sketching video and discussion from yesterday and pass out 1 activity sheet per small group. Consider a scenario in which someone blames someone for something. It could be blame for calling someone a name, spilling a drink on someone, eating all the food, etc. If you’d like, have the class come up with the idea.

prompt

Prompt

Today we’re going to create a sketch together. Think of a situation in which someone blaming someone else for something. The goal is to recognize that any of us can add to the problem or can work to find a solution.

  1. So to see that in our sketch, have someone sketch a basic situation. Pass the sheet to everyone in the group, and each person adds something that keeps the blaming or the problem going.
  2. Then when it comes to you again, the second time around, everyone adds something that provides another option or builds on what someone else put that is moving in a positive direction.
Connecting

Connecting

Get with another group of four and you each have one minute to share what your group learned by doing this.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today look for one time that you could sketch something that is happening between two or more people.  Take time if you can at the moment, or if not, try doing one sketch tonight at home about something from your day.  Sketches can show process, not just one moment.  Stretch it out a bit.  Experiment with how it is different when two or more people share the process.

Day 5
prompt

Blue Sky Moment

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

Connecting

Connecting

Let’s stand up and face into the circle. Are there a few of you who would like to talk about what you liked about this or whether you were comfortable or not comfortable? How was this?

challenge

Daily Challenge

In our busy world, especially with the distraction of social media, it is easy to be out of touch with how we’re feeling inside. When we can be in touch with what is going on inside, that is the beginning of being able to manage stress. Today, really try to tune into your feelings.

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Prepare

Monday’s 5 Radical Minutes has an optional post-it note option. Gather supplies if you choose that option.

Week Two

Day 1
Introduction

Introduction

Today’s Connecting time has an optional post-it note option. Gather supplies if you choose this option.

prompt

Prompt

When people lived in the Stone Age, tribes were very important for safety. People needed more than just their immediate family to survive the rigors and threats of the jungles or forests. Think about the importance of tribes in those days. Now think about cliques in our school. They are a little bit like a tribe, in that they are people who might think like we do, want to help us feel better when life throws us a curve, and maybe they dress sort of like we do. But now that we don’t have lions and tigers and bears chasing us, our need for tribes or cliques is very different. Not letting others join our group or club or clique has negative impact to people on both sides – those who don’t let someone in and those who are shut out.  With your time, talk about the ways in which you see cliques having negative impacts on students and on school climate.

Connecting

Connecting

With your minute of connection, see if you can come up with one idea for how kids could loosen the exclusivity of their cliques and groups and include kids who might not be just like them.

Optional: Have students write their ideas on post-it notes and place them on a bulletin board, or on index cards and hand them at the end of their connecting time.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Try looking at the people around you differently today. Maybe you could say hi to someone you wouldn’t normally, or compliment someone to add a smile to their day.  Today, turn to your partner and state, “Today, I will….” then fill in the blank. Here’s an example: “Today, I will strike up a conversation with someone I don’t know, who might be very different than me.”

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Prepare

Note: You will need post-it notes for Wednesday’s prompt. Thursday’s Community Circle uses a video.

Day 2
prompt

Prompt

Our culture has put a lot of pressure on men and boys to “man up” or to be tough.  Because of that, we make it really difficult for men and boys to show their emotions. Talk about the ways in which our expectations of men and boys to be tough has some down sides. How does that effect their relationships now? In the future? Who ends up getting hurt by this? How does it keep boys from growing Emotional Intelligence about their own feelings and those of their loved ones?

Connecting

Connecting

Based on the response to today’s prompt, talk about some ways we can encourage men and boys to feel safe sharing a full range of emotions.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Societal expectations can be difficult to face, whether it’s gender, race, age issues. Before you respond to things today, take just a few moments to ask yourself WHY you’re responding as you are. Knowing we don’t have to behave a certain way just because society expects us to can be incredibly freeing!  Rather than using other people’s expectations, though, our expectations of ourselves needs to be that we are respectful of others and kind.

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

Today you will need post-it notes.

Generate the longest list of women who didn’t make it big because they were sexy or beautiful or feminine, but because they were bright and strong and had grit? Use a post-it note for each woman’s name. Don’t forget to include the way they reached success.

Connecting

Connecting

What character traits did you see in these women that you or your partner possess as well? What can you achieve with that quality?

challenge

Daily Challenge

What is one of your positive qualities that you could use today to excel or to more openly be who you really are, in ways that are kind and generous?

Day 4
Introduction

Introduction

For today’s Community Circle, break everyone into smaller circles of 4-6 people. Play this video up to 1:15, just the boy running and the boy at the baseball game.

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Prompt

Go around the circle and share what it means to you – what this short video meant to you about greatness. Why would they have shown two such different examples of greatness – a kid who looks like he is really good at his sport and a boy who is really having to work hard to run. What makes them both great?

Connecting

Connecting

If you were to take on something that you feel passionate about, what might that be?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today be mindful that people have capacities for greatness that we might not know they have. Imagine the best in everyone you see.

Day 5
prompt

Blue Sky Moment

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

Connecting

Connecting

See if a few students want to share how this quietness might be changing how they handle various stressors in their lives.

Let’s stand up and face into the circle. Are there a few of you who would like to talk about what you liked about this or whether you were comfortable or what we could do to make thiss more comfortable?  How was this?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Think about the things covered in today’s Blue Sky Moment and consider using these tools whenever you feel stress throughout your day. What seems like a very simple practice of breathing can really help calm you down!

Week Three

Day 1
prompt

Prompt

Our culture puts a lot of pressure on girls to be pretty, to be attractive, to be a certain way.  We now have lots of role models who aren’tthat way, but there is still a lot of the old messaging in advertising and media. How do those kinds of negative role expectations limit girls and young women?  Who makes these decisions and what do THEY gain when you follow these expectations? What gets lost for those who believe this message?

Connecting

Connecting

Talk about the difficulties kids your age face when they try to meet these appearance standards. How can you remember that you’re beautiful the way you’re uniquely made?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, take some time to notice the people around you and compliment them on things that aren’t appearance based: their personality, their smile, their laugh, their kindness, etc.

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Prepare

Note: Tomorrow we’ll be watching another video together. Thursday’s Community Circle requires post-it notes.

Day 2
Introduction

Introduction

The video for today doesn’t include vocal narration, and the music isn’t helpful to the concepts, so our recommendation is that you play the video with the sound off and read the screen out loud to your students.

Today we’re going to talk about the difference between being smart and being wise. Here’s a video that describes 8 differences:

Play the video.

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Prompt

What is the value of wisdom in a culture? Where does wisdom live? Who has wisdom? How do we become wise? When can we share our wisdom? Can we be both smart and wise?

Note: Shorten the response time to 1 minute to keep things within the allotted 5 minutes.

Connecting

Connecting

Where or in whom do you see wisdom in our school?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Choose one of the 8 highlights of wisdom and pursue that today. Here’s a list to remind you:

  • Take more time to absorb things before your respond
  • Process logically and emotionally
  • Listen to others’ thoughts and add comments occasionally
  • Be aware of weaknesses and stay humble to learn more
  • Sensitive to the subtle things in their life experiences
  • Rely on judgement and intuition to solve problems
  • Feel satisfied when you can inspire others
  • Accept the differences between others and yourself
Day 3
prompt

Prompt

Describe how it would look if you were going to design a line of clothing, or a special t-shirt or shirt with a logo or image that best describes you. (This isn’t to focus on the brands of clothes that are cool.) This is about your own self-expression. Talk about the importance of color, of images, of how bright or subtle images would be.

Connecting

Connecting

How would it be different if everyone really dressed in a way that exactly expressed who they really were?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today let yourself look beyond what kids are wearing and try to see who people really are on the inside.

Day 4
prompt

Community Circle

Prompt

Divide your students into groups of 4-6.

For the first three minutes, with your group, come up with the most diverse list of positive traits you can. These are all the reasons we might especially enjoy someone, respect someone, admire someone…. Put each one on a post-it note.

Connecting

Connecting

Post them… .leave them up….

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, make a commitment: “Today I will ….”

Here’s an example: “Today, I will find something unique and specific about someone and compliment them on it – something I respect or admire or enjoy.”

Day 5
prompt

Blue Sky Moment

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Think about the things covered in today’s Blue Sky Moment and consider using these tools whenever you feel stress throughout your day. What seems like a very simple practice of breathing can really help calm you down!

Today, let’s make a commitment: “Today I will find at least three times when I can use breathing to calm myself down, increase my focus or take time to be more patient.”

Week Four

Day 1
prompt

Prompt

If a movie star, musician, or famous YouTuber could come to have lunch with you here at school, who would you want that to be and why?

Connecting

Connecting

Did your famous people have anything in common?  Are they of interest because they’re popular or because they inspire you in some way?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Think about the people who inspire you and think about the things you can do that might be inspirational or encouraging to someone else.

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Prepare

You’ll need post-it notes for Wednesday. Thursday will be a Community Circle and Friday will be a Blue Sky Moment.

Day 2
prompt

Prompt

When you want to be alone with your thoughts, where are some of the places you go?  Are there ways you can create that kind of space for yourself every now and again during the school day?

Connecting

Connecting

How can we be more conscious of other’s need for space at times? What are some things we as a school could do to create those opportunities for people throughout the school day?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, notice whether others’ needs for space may be greater or less than yours. If you find that you or someone around you needs space, remember that it isn’t about not wanting to be with you all of the time, but that we all need balance.  So we don’t have to take that personally.

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

You’ll need post-it notes today.

Who are some of the people at school or in your life who understand how to help kids with positive self-esteem? What do they do that is helpful or supportive? Describe their personalities and their attitudes.

Connecting

Connecting

What are some of the first steps you could make to support one another in building positive self-esteem? Write your ideas on post-it notes so everyone in the class can learn together.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, go out of your way to support someone around you. Remember that sometimes even people who appear confident need an extra shot of positive reinforcement.

Day 4
prompt

Community Circle

Prompt

Divide your students into groups of 4-6.

In your group, come up with at least one, and maybe several ideas for what students could do to improve school climate. This could be posting inspirational quotes or creating posters…. Maybe visual things or something altogether different.  It could even be a collaborative art piece… be creative!

Connecting

Connecting

For today’s connecting time, each group has 30 seconds to share their best idea. We’ll still collect ALL ideas.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, think about ways you personally can improve school climate. Start acting on them today!

Day 5
prompt

Blue Sky Moment

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Think about the things covered in today’s Blue Sky Moment and consider using these tools whenever you feel stress throughout your day. What seems like a very simple practice of breathing can really help calm you down!  You can learn to use this to improve your concentration when you’re doing tests or when you’re needing to be patient or understanding.

Commitment:  Today I will find at least three times when I can use breathing to calm myself down, increase my focus or take time to be more patient.

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Prepare

On Monday you’ll need 3×5 cards AND post-it notes.