Kid President has released a new video that addresses graduates everywhere. Watch the video for some great advice – and to find out if he has a special “announcement” about the upcoming election 😉 For more inspirational videos, check out this Pinterest Board.
My students and I are huge fans of Kid President. They love his videos and beg to watch them repeatedly. I’m okay with that. Kid President is a great role model, and his giggle makes it absolutely impossible to be grumpy.
KP (Robby Novak) recently published a book with his videographer/brother-in-law, Brad Montague, Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome. My students insisted that this was a necessary classroom resource, so I ordered it. It arrived just in time for a field trip for my 3rd-5th graders that involved an hour-long bus ride. The book was happily passed around during the entire trip.
The book is colorful and full of pictures. It includes monologues from some of KP’s videos and interviews he has done with celebrities. Many awesome people, including a large number of youths, are featured in the book. The book is not dry and preachy, though. Every page is motivational and includes typical KP humor. Kid President’s advice to make the world more awesome ranges from, “Give the world a reason to dance,” (#62) to “Put tape on your nose,” (#63). Other great words of wisdom are #70, “Gather your friends, dress up like superheroes, and do someone’s yard work,” and #82, “Give out handmade awards.”
Of course my favorite Kid President advice is #87:
Kid President goes on to say, “We are convinced that if you want to change a community, it starts in a classroom.”
To stay organized, there is a handy checklist in the back of the book to help you keep track of your awesomeness. Also included is a “A New Pep Talk.” Kid President recently uploaded a video inviting fans to make their own videos of the “New Pep Talk,” and send them in for possible inclusion on an upcoming special. (Submissions are due April 23, 2015.)
I would recommend this book for any classroom. Kids and adults of all ages seem to love Kid President. I also think it would be a great book to consider as a graduation gift. Parents might purchase one for home and discuss with their children which section to read each night.
I’m definitely adding this book to my “Books for Gifted Students – Or any Child Who Loves to Learn” Pinterest Board. You might also want to check out my “Inspirational Videos for Students” board, which includes many Kid President videos as well as other great resources.
In case you haven’t heard the news, Kid President is now an uncle! He’s a bit concerned about this new responsibility, so he consulted Steve Martin for advice. This week’s Phun Phriday offering is the link to the video of this interview – and don’t miss the “Butter me up, and call me a biscuit!” secret link at the end of the video 🙂
A few weeks ago, my daughter received a package in the mail. It was a book, one that she has been really wanting to read. What confused me was that it was from a “friend of a friend” and it wasn’t a gift for a special occasion. No note of explanation. Just the book.
I told her to contact the friend to find out why the friend of the friend was sending her a book and if this meant my daughter needed to send a book to someone. We’ve participated in such book exchanges before and usually the book is accompanied by a letter explaining who should receive the next book. My daughter was completely perplexed that I was demanding a book-giving motive. To her, a child surrounded by books since she was born, receiving random books is not a problem that needs to be solved.
“Did you text your friend?” I asked the next day.
“I don’t need to do anything.”
“So, you’re telling me that this person just decided to send you a book for absolutely no reason? That makes no sense!”
I made her write a thank you card.
Two weeks later she got another book – from a different friend of the same friend. Duplicate M.O.
This. Would. Not. Do. People don’t just randomly send other people books, I thought. There’s something weird going on.
And then I saw this Kid President video and felt pretty guilty. (But the “slides” made me laugh.)
So, there really are people out there who just send books with no strings attached. And it’s a good idea!
What book has inspired you? What book do more people need to read? #bookitforward!
(By the way, if you like this idea of people sharing inspiring books, be sure to check out the Call Me Ishmael project! Also, there are many more inspiring videos for students to be found on my Pinterest Board.)
I can’t believe this crazy week is almost over! I appreciate everyone’s patience as I recycle some posts from last year this week. I’ve added a few updates to keep things “fresh!” (According to Merriam-Webster, “telegenic” means “well-suited to the medium of television; especially : having an appearance and manner that are markedly attractive to television viewers.”)
So, let’s face it. Despite our best efforts to keep our energy up, we need a bit of down time every once in awhile. Here is a collection of short videos to help you catch your breath.
Kid President – If you haven’t seen this young man’s collection of videos, you are in a for a real treat. Be prepared to do a little dance and to stretch your smile muscles. These are some that are great for this time of year:
- 20 Things We Should Say More Often
- Your 20 Things We Should Say More Often
- Kid President’s Holiday Gift Guide
- How to Change the World (a work in Progress)
- Kid President and Craig Robinson go Cat Caroling (new for 2014!)
Winter-themed Animations – I have featured some of these on the blog this season, but they bear repeating (no pun intended – okay, it’s only intended if it makes sense).
- The Bear and the Hare (a 2013 John Lewis Christmas commercial)
- Monty the Penguin (a 2014 John Lewis Christmas commercial)
- Winter Fox
- The Snowman
Videos about Being Kind to Others (You can find more inspirational videos for students on my Pinterest Board.)
- Pre-school Kindness
- Kindness Boomerang
- Painted Pie
- Mark Bezos – A Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter
We’re in the home stretch now! I hope some of these links help you make the distance 🙂
Just in case you missed my other “survival” posts this week, here they are: Creative Ways to Survive the Weeks Before Winter Break, Logical Ways to Survive the Weeks Before Winter Break, and Physical Ways to Survive the Weeks Before Winter Break.
Kid President has joined with Gener.us this week to promote their #SimplyGiveThanks campaign. He is producing a short video on Facebook each day with a challenge to give thanks. In Tuesday’s video, the wonderful young man asked for people to give thanks to teachers. To participate in this, or to give thanks to anyone in your life you deeply appreciate, you can make a short video. Then post it to a social network and tag it, “#simplygivethanks and @BeGenerus.”
The initial invitation to join the campaign from Gener.us can be found here. Kid President’s first video announcing his support is on this page. Each day the new challenges are posted on Facebook. You can find “The Best of…” videos here. Episode 8 has a sweet tribute from a 5th grade class, as well as Kid President and a son’s grateful words to his parents.
As always, please preview all videos before you show them to your students. If you would like some more inspirational videos for students, check out this Pinterest Board!
On another note, I am teaching my 1st graders about perspective, so I asked them to think about what teachers might be thankful for. I agreed with most of their ideas. I love hugs and dogs. Stuffing is okay, and earrings are fun. But then I wasn’t too sure about this student’s #15 – martinis…
After closer inspection, I realized it might be #1 instead of #15, and that it probably says, “Smartness.”
If I’m right, then I’m pretty sure he meant the smartness of my students and not my own intelligence, which most of my students have discovered isn’t all that high.
I give thanks for students who make me smile and laugh every day 🙂
Happy Phun Phriday! In this neck of the woods, today is the Phantastic Phright Phest otherwise known as Halloween. To honor the day, I’m sharing two resources that have monsters who are anything but scary!
First up is Kid President’s recent Pep Talk co-hosted by everyone’s favorite Muppet, Grover. My favorite line from this video? “Be like cheese and bacon, and make everything that you touch better!” Oddly inspiring, right?
Who says monsters are scary? These two can jump out of my closet any time!