Collection of Lessons, Ideas, Resources, & Conversation Starters
- Rage Against The Machine - Sleep Now in the Fire
- Johnny Cash - Ballad of Ira Hayes
- John Lennon - Imagine
- Graham Nash - Chicago (We Can Change the World)
- Shania Twain - Not Just a Pretty Face
- Bob Marley - Work
- Barenaked Ladies - If I Had a $1,000,000
- U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
- Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire
- Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
- Bob Dylan - The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol
- Radiohead - Creep
- John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
- Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
- Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Understanding Chicago / Geography:
Using Quotes for Discussion:
Understanding Your Self:
- Mindset Works
- Social Emotional Learning
- Social Emotional Learning: What is it and Why is it Important Video
- 5 Keys To Social Emotional Success Video
Inspirational & Interesting Discussions:
- Don't Widen The Plate Article
- Famous Failures Video
- Never Give Up! Powerful Inspirational True Story Video
- Ted: If I Knew I Couldn't Fail Video
- Vin Scully's Final Message Video
- Charles Schulz (Peanuts) Philosophy Article
- Kid President: 20 Things We Should Say More Video
Discussions on Race / Privilege:
- The Unequal Opportunity Race Video
- Dragnet 1968 Message to Teenagers Almost 50 Years Later Video
- Why America is NOT the Greatest Country in the World, Anymore (Video)
- New Orleans Mayor Denounces Confederate Nostalgia in Stirring Speech Defending Monument Removal (Video & Script)
- What is Respect to a Millennial, a Boomer, and a Gen X’er? Article
- Ryan Leaf: Letter To Younger Self
- Teaching Tolerance
A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words:
- CNN: 25 Most Iconic Photographs
- BlazePress: 62 Incredible Images
- Time Magazine: The 100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time
Maps Explain Stuff Too Mr. Streit:
- The Most Famous Brand From Every State
- Twisted: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
- Washington Post: 40 Maps That Explain the World
- Maps of World
"You can’t be all things to all people."
Creating a Community Activities
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Monthly Theme & Discussion Guides
Use this guide to help plan your homeroom/advisory/morning meeting SEL conversations. You have choice as to what each conversation will look like. If, for example, during your check-in a deep conversation sparks, feel free to continue with that topic for the remainder of the session. You may choose to use the same quote for multiple days if the conversation it creates is quality and engaging, or you can use a new quote every day.
Students should drive the discussion.
- What do you think this quote means?
- How does it connect to this month’s theme of ____________________?
- Have you had any experiences or witnessed anything that deals with _____________________?
- Do you value ______(theme)_____? Do you feel others value it?
- Do you agree/disagree?
- Tell me more.
- What makes you think that?
Reflection (Independent or group reflection)
- What went well during this discussion?
- What could be better next time?
- The group should commit to any changes necessary to ensure quality discussion next time.
– Albert Einstein
“Men trust their ears less than their eyes.”
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.”
– Laurence Sterne
“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”
– U. Thant
“Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.”
– Stephen Cosgrove
“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”– Jackie Robinson
– Lincoln Chafee
“Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time.”
– Arthur Ashe
“Trust your own instinct. Your mistake might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.”
– Billy Wilder
“We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same.”
– C. JoyBell
“It’s not so much the journey that’s important; as is the way that we treat those we encounter and those around us, along the way.”
– Jeremy Aldana
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”– Albert Einstein
– Bob Vanourek
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
– Ernest Hemingway
“Trust is like a piece of paper, once it’s been crumpled it can never be perfect again.”
“I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.”
– Julius Erving
“To be one, to be united, is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.”
– Bono (Singer for U2)
“Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.”
– Thomas Paine
“Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand.”– Lakhdar Brahim
– Maya Angelou
“When you completely trust a person without any doubt, you’ll automatically receive one of two things – a friend for life, or a lesson for life.”
– Rita Ghatourey
“He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them.”
“Respect is a two –way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.”
– R.G. Risch
“Friendship – my definition – is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.”
– Stieg Larsson
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.”
– Laurence Sterne
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”– Bryan H. McGill
- C. S. Lewis (author)
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
-Bruce Lee (martial artisit)
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
-Henry Ford (entrepenuer)
“Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal and not in reaching it.”
-Mahatma Gandhi (leader if Indian independence movement)
“If you want to reach a goal, you must 'see the reaching' in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”
-Zig Ziglar (author, salesman, motivational salesman)
“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal."
-Ronald Reagan (President)
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”-Napoleon Hill (author)
-E. O. Wilson (biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist)
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
-Mario Andretti (race car driver)
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
-Zig Ziglar (author, salesman, motivational speaker)
“If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.”
-Norman Vincent Peale (minister, author)
“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.”
-Elbert Hubbard (writer, publisher, philosopher)
“A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.”-Thomas Carlyle (Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, historian and teacher)
“Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.”
“You can’t hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can’t catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t try.
“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”
“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”-Fitzhugh Dodson
“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
- Stephen Richards
“The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. ”
- Cecel B. Demille
“Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them.”
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”-Jim Rohn
- Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady, politician)
“Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices”
- Kevyn Aucoin (artist, photographer, author)
“You can't make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.”
- Deepak Chopra (Indian American author, public speaker, physician)
“Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.”
- Tom Brady (quarterback)
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”
- Denis Waitley (motivational speaker, writer and author)
“It is our choices... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
- J. K. Rowling (author)
“I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.”- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (psychiatrist, author)
- Wayne Dyer (self-help author, motivational speaker)
“Behaviors are a choice. Feelings are sometimes out of our control. Behavior has to do with choices.”
- Randall Terry (social activist)
“Every person has free choice. Your choice determines the consequences. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.”
- Alfred A. Montapert (author)
“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.”
- Thomas Merton (Catholic writer, mystic, monk)
“Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.”
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (author, psychiatrist)
“When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It's all a matter of perspective.”- Harvey Mackay (entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author)
- Tony Robbins (motivational speaker)
“When someone makes a decision, they are really diving into a strong current that will carry them to places they never dreamed of when they first made the decision.”
- Paul Coleho (novelist)
“It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.”
- Roy E. Disney (co-founder of Walt Disney Productions)
“Good decision come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.”
- Mark Twain (author)
“Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.”
“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”
- Michelle Obama (Former First Lady)
“Not making a decision means forgoing an opportunity.”
- Auliq Ice (author)
“Everyday decision-making around the world is constantly based on what came before us.”
- Steve Berry (author, professor, attorney)
“Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. Right is right even if no one is doing it.”
“Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.”- Malcolm Gladwell (journalist)
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Specific - A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
*Who: Who is involved?
*What: What do I want to accomplish?
*Where: Identify a location.
*When: Establish a time frame.
*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”
Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
How much? How many?
How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
Realistic- To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.
When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
The "I Like Notecards" Lessons
- Print your name on the top like (Streit, Ryan)
- What is your favorite sport to play?
- What is your favorite sport team?
- What is your favorite food?
- What is your favorite band/musician?
- What HS do you hope to attend? NOTE: No worries - These won’t be read aloud if you don’t want to share.
- Who is your best friend?
- What do you believe is your best personal quality?
- What personality trait do you think could use some improvement?
- Think about it and write adjectives that describe self-respect
- Share with a friend and openly discuss
- Good & Bad Qualities or Character Traits
– Meet with your partner – Remember this is to better your relationships and
not to tear them apart.
- Are character traits a choice?
- Does equality mean treating everyone the same?