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.
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:
Now, if you don’t know by now that I adore Kid President, you need to see this post, and, well, pretty much any of these. That is why I was so excited to find that We Are Teachers is offering a set of free Kid President printable posters here. And I just got my own laminator, so I am going to be making good use of it. (I never knew I wanted to laminate so many things until I got this little gadget!) By the way, We Are Teachers has a lot of other sets of free printables that you can find here, including 5 free kindness posters which I’m ready to laminate and post anonymously in numerous public places or maybe just hire a plane to drop like leaflets all over the country…
As I continue to seek out ways to battle sexism, racism, and all of the other intolerant -isms and phobias, it is nice to find videos that support this quest. Though they may be commercials (isn’t anything that is supposed to persuade you a commercial?), the message in each of these videos is powerful and, most of all, kind. For more inspirational videos, you can check here and here.
Engage is a two minute video from “Let it Ripple” Film Studio (also the producers of The Science of Character). It’s a good reminder that we only have a short time on this planet, so it’s important to make that time meaningful by helping others. Accompanied by the soundtrack of, “Give a Little Bit,” by Rodger Hodgson, Engage might be the little nudge of inspiration that your students need to become more involved in the world around them. A similar video, which you can also find on my “Inspirational Videos for Students” Pinterest Board, is “The Time You Have (in Jellybeans).”
H/T to @ibceendy for sharing this link on Twitter!