Video of the Week: "Palau Pledge"

Every time we enter a new country, we become subject to its rules. Well, for one country, Palau, that now means acknowledging you'll take care of the country. In fact, its a vow to the country's children that you must sign in your passport. Take a look: 

Here's what I'm thinking: 

  • What's the effect of pledging this to the country's children? 
  • Would you be able to sign this pledge? 
  • What would you want visitors to your country to pledge? 
  • What do you think about the idea of signing a pledge in your passport before country entry? 
  • What types of things would you be unable to sign in a pledge to a country like this? 

Video of the Week: "Beauty in Real Life"

CVS announced this week that they're going to stop altering their beauty-related images on their products by 2020. As part of that announcement, they launched a new campaign, Beauty in Real Life: 

Here's what I'm wondering: 

  • The first line of the ad says, "In real life, beauty is up to us," while a woman applies makeup. Do you think that implies/communicates that makeup must be present for beauty to exist? 
  • The phrases following all of have strong sentences about beauty while applying make up. Do you agree with the phrases? Do you think makeup must be present to achieve them? 
  • How would you define beauty? 
  • What affect do you think it will have to stop altering beauty-related images? 

Video of the Week: "Wins and Losses"

Student stress and pressure has been something that I've been thinking a lot about lately. We're even doing a parent night tonight at San Jose Christian about it. It was really interesting, then, for me to come across this ad campaign from Kaiser Permanente this morning: 

Things I'm thinking about this morning: 

  • Do you agree with Curry's claim that the mind is where every challenge is either won or lost? Why or why not? 
  • Do you agree with the campaign's claim that if you train the mind the body will follow? Why or why not?
  • Why would Kaiser Permanente create this as an ad? 
  • Do you think brain training is a solution to student stress? 

Video of the Week: "Are You a Visual Thinker?"

It's standardized testing week here. It never ceases to amazing me how some kids love it. Although I appreciate measuring student growth, I know my students don't fit neatly in bubbles. We all think and communicate differently. Are you a visual thinker? 

Here's what I'm wondering: 

  • Would you consider yourself a visual thinker? 
  • How do we help these visual thinkers thrive even in traditional classrooms? 
  • Are the people closest to you visual thinkers? How does this impact your communication? 
  • Does your school offer great ways for visual thinkers to show what they know? 

Video of the Week: "OK GO Sandbox: One Moment of Math"

This week OK GO announced a project that they've been working on to help the many teachers already using their videos within the classroom. The OK GO Sandbox provides behind the scenes information about their videos and classroom activities for teachers. I'm loving the math behind their "One Moment" video. Take a look: 

Here's what I'm wondering: 

  • What's the effect of making something outside our level of perception? 
  • Make a list of all of the factors that were needed to make the timing a success in this scene. Which one do you think would be the most challenging? 
  • What math equations did they use in this video? How did they solve them? 
  • What spreadsheet formulas would you use to make this happen?