Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Simple Video with an Inspiring Message

Here is an award winning short video that has nothing at all to do with teaching and everything possible to do with teaching. In just a few short minutes you can see compassion, kindness, problem solving, the power of words (don't worry that this video is in Spanish), and be inspired to "see" the world in new ways!


Cooperative Learning in the Math Classroom

Here is a wonderful video from Edutopia. It shows Chris Opitz, a teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, and how he teaches social and emotional skills at the beginning of the academic year with his fifth grade students. The children in his class learn to talk and listen to each other with respect and when they can do that, the lessons can really take off. This is a 9 minute video, but you will want to watch it more than once. This is a great teacher at work and there is so much modeling being done and Chris explains what he is doing as the video plays. You can also see the video here along with all sorts of resources that Chris includes to take you deeper into how he runs his class.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Take a Dance Around the World

This is fun! To make this oddly appealing video, Connecticut native Matt Harding danced in 42 countries in 14 months. What a great way to get a glimpse of the world. It makes you want to go out and be a bit silly with a bunch of friends. Keep it simple. Keep it fun. Have a great summer!

And why can't I go on field trips like that?

Here is an earlier video he did. The dance is the same, but the locations are different. I think I have had a few kids with that same amount of energy in my class through the years. There were times I wanted to send a few of them on a trip to the other side of the world. So I wonder what Matt's story is?