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The Kids Need to Know

I can’t think of too many better ways to start a Phun Phriday than with a new video from Kid President.  I don’t even have to watch the video; as soon as I hear that giggle, I’m in a better mood!

In Kid President’s most recent video, he asks people, especially celebrities, (and most especially Rainn Williams Wilson) to tell what they think kids need to know.

I’m not a celebrity – or Rainn Wilson – but I figured I would add my advice to the mix.  Here’s what I think kids need to know:

  • “You are a genius, and the world needs your contribution.”  Angela Maiers
  • “Not every day is going to offer us a chance to save somebody’s life, but every day offers us an opportunity to affect one.”  Mark Bezos
  • “…always try to be a little kinder than is necessary” J.M. Barrie
  • “There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Winnie the Pooh

and, of course…

“Don’t stop believing, unless your dream is stupid… then get a better dream and keep going, keep going, keep going…” Kid President

Below, you can see Kid President’s video, and one student’s response.

What do you think the kids need to know?  Blog or tweet it, and use the hashtag #thekidsneedtoknow

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Why It’s Awesome to Be a Nerd

I love it when a Fun Friday post just falls into my lap as it did this week.  I found this video on It’s Okay to Be Smart.  I am definitely going to be adding this to my Pinterest Board of Inspirational Videos for Students.  It is a film of Wil Wheaton (you know – of Star Trek, Stand By Me, and Big Bang Theory fame) giving advice to a mother’s newborn daughter about why it’s awesome to be a nerd.  He might have just become my favorite nerd of all time…

If you like this message, you might also want to check out my post, “It’s a Nerd’s World“, featuring a great article on this topic.