Education, K-12, Videos


Kid President has joined with 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 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.

Mrs. Green's 5th Grade Class Gives Thanks
Mrs. Green’s 5th Grade Class Gives Thanks

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!

Kid President asks you to #simplygivethanks
Kid President asks you to #simplygivethanks

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…

Thankful Teacher

After closer inspection, I realized it might be #1 instead of #15, and that it probably says, “Smartness.”

I think.

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 🙂

Education, K-12, Student Products, Videos, Web 2.0

I’d Be Thankful for a Lizard Named CheeseDoodle, Too

Screen shot from 3 Leaders Episode #1
Screen shot from 3 Leaders Episode #1

So, this is a perfect example of the power of being connected.  The other day, I saw a tweet from Principal Brad Gustafson in Minnesota (@GustafsonBrad – check out his great interview on The Two Guys Show!) about a video showing kids being thankful.  I clicked on the link and was immediately charmed.  The kids are fabulous, and throw in a few surprises (such as the lizard named CheeseDoodle- what a cool name!).  What’s unique about this video, though, is that three schools collaborated to make it.  The project is a combined effort from Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey.  I think it’s great the way the students from Byram Intermediate (who collected comments from the elementary school – so I think that technically makes 4 schools), Greenwood Elementary, and Cantiague Elementary shared their gratitude.  They can see what they have in common, which is a lot, and have a conversation about some of the different things that were mentioned.

The 3 Leaders used Touchcast to create the video, and you can view the Touchcast version here.  (If you want to read more about the Touchcast app, here is a brief post I did about it in August.)

This leads me to mention something I am thankful for this year that I did not have on my list (or even on my radar) last year – my online PLN.  Without Twitter, I would not have known about this awesome video, which has already given me numerous ideas for project suggestions for my own students.  And this is only the latest in a very long list of inspirational tidbits that I have gleaned from the folks on Twitter.  I know everyone in America is busy today with your Thanksgiving preparations, so I won’t waste your time by getting all gushy and sentimental.  Just know that I appreciate all of you – readers, Tweeters, co-workers, family, friends, and students!

Thanks for sharing, Byram, Greenwood, and Cantiague!  Great job!

The 3 Leaders who connected to bring you this video
The 3 Leaders who connected to bring you this video