Video of the Week: "Gratitude | Louie Schwartzberg"

It's Thanksgiving week, a week the people (myself included) are hurriedly skipping over in favor of Christmas. But what does it mean to sit down and take time to be grateful? Take 10 minutes to stop and really be present with this video: 

Here are some of the things I'm thinking about after watching this video:

  • What small things are you grateful for today? 
  • Will you take time to be grateful in nature this week? 
  • How can you intentionally slow down and see the things around you? 
  • What's the effect of the time lapse video? 
  • What did you think about his reflection for "Oh my God"?

I hope you have a lovely week and are able to be fully present and fully grateful to the ones you love. 

Video of the Week: "I Can"

As we enter this season of gratitude, we often look for opportunities to give back to the community around us. Every year our school does a food drive for Cityteam, a local food bank. This week's video is a video I made to tell the story of a can's journey. I hope you can get involved somewhere in giving back, too! 

Here are some of the things I'm thinking: 

  • What are you grateful for this season? 
  • How many people are involved in getting this can from the grocery store to a family in need? 
  • What organization(s) within your community can you give to this season to help other families within your community? 
  • What food do you have in your pantry that you can donate today? 

Video of the Week: "Mary Engle Pennington | The Chemours Company"

We've all had people tell us things to stop us from pursuing our dream. I love how the Chemours Company takes a look at that by viewing some women in science. Take a look below and/or see the whole playlist

Here are some of the things I'm thinking after watching this: 

  • Who are some men that could also be on the list? What are their stories? 
  • What have "they" told you? Are you listening? 
  • What's your "But..." that you could say back to them? 
  • Where's the line between listening to the advice of others and following your dreams?

Video of the Week: "Bullying Jr."

I love advertising campaigns that seek to make a difference in the world. Take a look from the latest from Burger King: 

Here are a few things I'm thinking after watching this ad: 

  • How would you define bullying?
  • Where's the line between "just having fun" and bullying? 
  • What do you think you'd do in the restaurant? 
  • How'd it make you feel to watch the student get bullied in this video?
  • How'd it make you feel to watch others stand up for the student in this video? 

Video of the Week: "God Grew Tired of Us"

One of my goals for my 7th grade curriculum is to burst the bubble my students live in. Part of that is studying A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. As part of our preparation for reading this book, we watched National Geographic's documentary on the Lost Boys of Sudan, "God Grew Tired of Us." Although this week's video is significantly longer than most, I highly recommend watching this film. 

Here's what we were thinking about after watching this last week: 

  • What's the conflict like in Sudan today? Where are others fleeing from? 
  • What are some of the challenges that refugees face, even once they have escaped from the danger of their home country? 
  • How can we be welcoming to the refugees (and other immigrants) in our own city? 
  • What "normal" things do we take for granted?