This is a reblog of a post I originally published in 2015.
As graduation season rolls around once again, I thought I would compile a list of videos that I’ve found over the years that eloquently describe the hopes and dreams I have for my students in the future. I’ve placed the length of each video beside it. Not all of these are graduation speeches, but they all give one or more of the following messages: Be Kind, Work Hard, and Make the Most of Your Time and Abilities. Most of these videos (and many more) can be found on my “Inspirational Videos for Students” Pinterest Board. As always, please preview any video before you show it to your students.
Fans of the fabulous Kid President know that he is part of a dynamic duo. Behind the scenes of all of the Kid President videos is his brother-in-law, Brad Montague. Now Brad has started a YouTube channel, and his first video is just as inspirational as all of the others he has produced. I can’t help but think that Brad’s new dad status might have been a motivating factor for this story. Or maybe he saw Hamilton recently…
My students, particularly those in the K-3 grade levels, have really enjoyed using GoNoodle for brain breaks in our classroom. The kids enjoy the music, the great variety of videos, and the movement.
Now students can log in to their own iOS devices at home to jump, dance, and sing with their favorite GoNoodle tunes. The iOS app is free, but students will need a parent to sign up and log them in the first time. Make sure the child has a good place to set up his or her device for viewing while participating (an Apple TV is great for this!) so he or she can have hands-free fun!
GoNoodle is a great way to get the family moving before or after a heavy holiday meal, or after a long car trip to grandma’s house 🙂
Decisions, decisions. Some are certainly easier to make than others, as many people are discovering on this 2016 Election Day in the United States…
Kid President just released a timely video for the occasion. Happily, it doesn’t just apply to election decisions. In fact, my 2nd graders have been discussing “Thinking Hats,” and “Making Tough Choices with Kid President,” was the perfect supplement to a lesson on the importance of thinking about your thinking. “Be thoughtful,” Kid President advises, after warning against impulsivity, doing nothing, and following along with everyone else. Pretty sage advice from someone who isn’t even old enough to vote yet.
Kid President covers the topic of the scariest thing in the world in his latest video, and gives us all the best advice – to live our awesome lives to the fullest. Shout out to Damien for a great dance! I will be adding this my collection of “Inspirational Videos for Students.”