Inspired & Empowered

Feeling inspired is being affected powerfully in a way that motivates us. Feeling empowered is feeling capable of doing well. When students feel inspired, they pursue more innovative endeavors, perform better, and experience greater life satisfaction. Students who feel empowered feel more competent and motivated to work and find more meaning in school.

Activities

Resources
Speed Dating with Purpose
This activity guides students through thinking about what brings passion and purpose to their lives and helps students reflect more deeply on why they love these things and how they gain energy from them.
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I am Poem
Students compose and share a biographical poem using descriptive language, sensory details, personality traits, emotions, and actions.
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Bio Poem
Students create a biographical poem using individual personality traits, emotions, and actions and share with the class.
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One Kind Word
Students are introduced to the power of kindness through words or actions and encouraged to aim for one kind word or action a day.
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A Person You Respect
Students choose and journal about an individual or an individual’s work that they respect or value.
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7 Questions
Students answer, in writing, a set of 7 questions designed to help foster a sense of purpose.
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What is Your Passion?
Students discuss passion and work to clarify and connect with their individual interests.
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Daily Affirmation for Empowerment
Students create self-affirmations to repeat daily to feel empowered.
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Rose Bud Thorn
Students journal about their concerns, successes, and hopes and come up with self-affirmation statements to repeat daily to feel empowered.
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Use Your Senses
Students practice sensory awareness and increase emotional literacy by identifying feelings.
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Envision the Win
Students envision their personal journey from present day to graduation day.
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Awe Story
Students recall and describe a time when they experienced awe.
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Subtract a Positive Event
Students will visualize what their lives would be like without one positive event. They will be able to appreciate its presence in their lives more deeply—without actually having to lose it.
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Wake-up Moment
Students view/hear an instance of successful teamwork and reflect on the experience of working toward a common goal.
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Ignite your Moment
Students explore the idea of energy and motivation, expressing their energy physically and in written form.
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“I Wonder Ball”
This activity, written by North Haven High School Students, is designed to get a class feeling connected and supported.
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Chalk Circles
Students work toward identifying a specific goal related to their interests/passions and create an action plan for achieving that goal using chalk circles.
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The Power of Purpose: Finding Your Vision (2 of 2)
Students continue work on their vision boards from The Power of Purpose Part 1 lesson.
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The Power of Purpose: Finding Your Vision (1 of 2)
Students reflect on the question, “What is purpose?” and begin the process of creating vision boards to illustrate ideas they have about their own purpose.
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SMART Goals
Students create “passion collages” to reflect their passions in each of three areas: academics, career, and relationships.
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What is Inspired?
Students reflect on and discuss their personal definitions of the word “inspired.”
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Stories of Empowerment (2 of 2)
This is day 2 of a two-day activity. Today, they will mimic Murray’s style of combining two stories, their own speech, and their friend’s speech to create their own “TED Talk”.
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Stories of Empowerment (1 of 2)
In this two-part lesson, students first watch Liz Murray’s TED talk entitled "For the Love of Possibility" and write a story about a time when they felt empowered.
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Inspiration Roadmap
Students will identify their preconceptions about what makes people happy and how the research differs from their own preconceptions about happiness.
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A Happy Life
Students will reflect on the main messages of the talk and how they can apply these messages to their lives and create their own message about their philosophy for a happy life.
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Motivational Speeches
Students watch a motivational TED talk and write their own motivational messages, speeches, or video scripts.
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What is Motivation?
Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of motivation for the class.
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Motivational Self-Talk Book
In this activity, students will be able to reflect on what types of statements energize and motivate them, create their own motivational self-talk statements and make into a book, and share and discuss their statements with classmates.
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Emotion Ambassadors
Students brainstorm improvements they would like to see to school practices and how they can work to make these changes and elect “Ambassadors” for implementing these initiatives and create a plan to follow up and evaluate their success.
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Lollipop Moments
Students watch and reflect on a video about “everyday leadership."
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Support Yourself First
Before you can support others, support yourself first. Here are some ideas to help you support yourself!
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Try Something New
Watch this video about trying something new for 30 days!
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Four Steps to Find Your Passion
Need help finding your passion? This short article offers a four-step strategy to help you find your passion.
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Learn about Passion
Want to learn more about passion? Watch this short video to understand how you can reframe your thinking around passion! 
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Passion Project
Draft a plan to start your own project. Find your passion and go for it!
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Raise Your Voice
Want to get better at speaking? The aim of the game is to talk for one minute on a given subject.
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Meditation in Color
Coloring has been shown to help us calm down, focus our minds, and feel less stressed. Try these free coloring templates to help you feel more balanced and content.
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10 Steps to Balance
Read an article about how to feel more balance in your everyday life!
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Take a Break with Calm
Take a break with Calm.com!
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Power Up Your Routine
Here are some simple ideas to power up your everyday routine. Practicing these habits can help you feel more in control, self-confident, and powerful.
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DIY Inspiration Board
Make your space more inspiring with a DIY inspiration board!
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Find Inspiration Everywhere
There is inspiration all around you! From the great outdoors to the internet, people are discovering their passions every day.
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The Small Things
Try these small acts of kindness that will give you a purpose and help others feel better.
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Hack Your Morning Routine with Happiness
Our mornings have a huge impact on our attitudes for the rest of the day. Hack your routine to incorporate happiness.
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Simple Reminder
Who are you when you are at your best? Reminding yourself of your positive attributes every day will build self-respect and keep you focused.
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Self-Care Day
We all deserve to take time for ourselves. Value yourself by devoting a day to self-care!
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Confidence Boost
For the days and moments when you need a reminder of what you are capable of doing in life, watch this video for 3 tips for self-confidence.
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