For Trainings: General Prompts

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

General Prompts 1-5

Note: Be sure to read the introductory content to your trainees before jumping into these general prompts. It will help all know what’s coming, and what amazing things you’re going to accomplish together.

Week 1
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One thing that keeps me awake about my job or worries me about the kids is…

Connecting

Connecting

Do this in pairs during the last minute.

Was there anything you found you had in common in your stories?

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Ending Comment

Notice what happens when we really listen to someone else, even if our viewpoints aren’t the same. Understanding doesn’t require agreement. But it does give us insight. It might reveal strengths that your partner has that would complement your own.

Week 2
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The thing that I love most and feel most successful about in my work is …

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What did you have in common?

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Ending Comment

We would all do really well to appreciate each other’s talents and gifts. Maybe someone’s gift is something you could use help on, or maybe you can encourage someone else through your experience. No one has everything figured out, so lean on each other and use each other as resources!

Week 3
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One kid I’ve worked with that I’ll remember forever is…

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What did your stories have in common?

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Ending Comment

Memories can motivate us! And teach us lessons far into the future. Remember that today your most difficult situation might be one of these unforgettable good stories in the future.

Week 4
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When I think about responding to Crisis, my greatest strength is …

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What did your stories have in common? What was different?

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Ending Comment

Crisis management works best when everyone reaches into their strengths — together. There are different needs and different roles, so knowing where we each fit best can be empowering. Celebrate your differences today; they’re what make you an effective team.

Week 5
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When I think about responding to Crisis, my greatest uncertainty is…

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Were there some common threads in your talking about uncertainties? What can be done to quell these fears?

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Ending Comment

Many times, just stating our fears or uncertainties is the first step to overcoming them. We may find that someone has the answer to these uncertainties. Or we may find that no one has solved that issue yet, so we can work on a solution together.

General Prompts 6-10

Week 6
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Talk about your greatest strength and examples of times you’ve used that strength and been effective.

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What was similar for you in your stories?

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Daily Challenge

Today when we do scenarios in the training, look for times when the strength you mentioned would be particularly helpful.

Week 7
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Talk about something for which you feel gratitude.

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What do we share in common when we’re in a mindset of gratitude? What difference does it make in our day?

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Daily Challenge

All the way until tomorrow when we start, be mindful of the many things for which you have gratitude!

Week 8
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Share a time you felt like you blew it or really missed the mark, as well as a meaningful lesson you learned.

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What determines the magnitude of the meaning of the lesson learned?

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Daily Challenge

Today, be mindful when you feel a little edge of judgment or “different-ness” arise. It might be that this moment holds a lesson for you, or that you can let go of your judgment because it may hold a lesson for the other person.

Week 9
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Today, share something you absolutely love about your life and something about that you wish you could change.

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How were your sharings similar?

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Daily Challenge

Today as you listen to scenarios and comments from others, continue to focus on gratitude.

Week 10
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What are the traditions you have in your family that you will want to continue as an adult?

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Instead of looking at whether you had traditions in common, tell your partner at least one thing that makes a tradition meaningful.

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One Step Further

What are the traditions we have in our school that you like? What makes it work? Are there any you don’t like?  What makes that so?

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Ending Comment

This week you might think about whether there is a tradition we should have in our group. Let me know if you come up with something.