It’s the season of graduations, and Jason Mraz just released the perfect song to accompany every single one of them. I played it yesterday as my 4th graders were working on mandalas, and they left the classroom singing the chorus in unison on the way to lunch.
The song, “Have it All,” is one of those catchy tunes that you don’t have to be a music producer to predict will be an instant hit. It will lift your heart even more when you watch the video. Students from Binford Middle School in Richmond, VA, (where Mraz has mentored since last year) appear in segments of this uplifting short film. The custodian gets a starring role, too!
Jason Mraz is a master of lyrics, and your students may enjoy analyzing such lines as, “May you be as fascinating as the slap bracelet.” My favorite is the one I used to title this blog post.
For more inspiration for the students who are embarking on new chapters in their lives, you may want to check out this collection of videos I posted last year. I also have a list of books that make great graduation gifts.
Apple made some announcements yesterday regarding additional support for educators with new products and management tools. You can read about it here. As part of its “Everyone Can Create” campaign, the company released a new video, “One Person Can Change the World.” Of course, its ultimate purpose is to sell Apple products, but listening to the children narrating may make you ready to go out and do something incredible. A couple of great quotes from the short video are:
As I watched the video on YouTube, I noticed another Apple video from 2014 that I don’t remember seeing before today. This second video is called, “Perspective,” and I can’t wait to show it to my students. As Apple states in the video description, “Here’s to those who have always seen things differently.”
Both of these videos will be added to my Pinterest page of Inspirational Videos for Students.
Jody Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, knows something about activism. You can watch this RSA Animated Short in which she speaks about the importance of trying to make a difference.
Whether you agree with the students who join in the National Walkout today or not, I think that we should take heart that they are moved enough to choose do something rather than nothing. Often accused of being self-centered and apathetic, these young people will be working to make their voices heard.
You can find more RSA Animated Shorts on a variety of topics here. I will also be adding this video to my Pinterest Board of Inspirational Videos.
This is a sweet video from FableVision that tells the story of two friends who choose different career paths based on their personalities rather than what culture dictates they “should do.” The message that you can be happy and successful in more than one way is one that I hope that I communicate to my own students and child.
For more inspirational videos, check out this Pinterest Board.
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Author Peter Reynolds reads out loud his book, The Smallest Gift of Christmas, in this video that reminds us that the best gift we can ever receive is love.
While trying to find some inspiring holiday videos this year, I came across this Macy’s commercial from 2015. Even though it’s ironic for an advertisement to be about selflessness, I like the simple message of kindness. For other videos you might want to consider for this time of year, you can check out this post. Also, I keep a Pinterest Board of Inspirational Videos for Students here.
My students love quotations. I think, like many of us, they admire the ability of people to perfectly formulate their ideas into compact groups of words that make sense and are often thought-provoking. Mensa for Kids includes in its lesson plans one that is called, “Quotation Station.” It includes 65 quotes as well as questions to accompany them, and rubrics to determine student understanding. There are also 20 ideas for using quotes in the classroom. There is a section near the bottom that recommends other sites to find quotes, which includes a link to free quote coloring pages.
Here are some other posts that I have done about quotations that you might find useful: