I wrote my post asking administrators to inspire us back to school simply because of my own hopes and dreams. I wrote it in the hopes that it would make someone think while they prepared their own meetings and activities, and it seems to have done just that. One question I have then gotten is which videos to show at back to school? And while I had a few in mind, I asked on Twitter and got many great responses. So in no particular order, here are some of my favorites. (I tried to pick shorter ones because I know my own attention span is limited at the beginning).
Brave by Sara Bareilles – I will be showing this video to my students as well, but the message in it applies to everybody; I would love to see how big your brave is!
The Fairy Scientist – to remind us how kids wonder and we should cultivate that.
Suli Breaks – Why I Hate School but Love Education. I use this with my students to discuss what the difference is between education and school and how we can change it. I would love to see this as an all staff conversation.
Suli Breaks – I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate. Again, phenomenal spoken word that is sure to get discussions started.
Rita Pierson – Every Kid Needs a Champion. Phenomenal video discussing those kids that need us the most.
Diana Laufenberg – How to Learn? From Mistakes. Another phenomenal Ted talk from someone I admire greatly, this will spur a great conversation with anyone.
Introduction to Genius Hour. I am super biased here since I do both Genius Hour and Innovation Day so why not spread this wonderful way of learning.
Kid President – A Pep Talk. One of my favorite videos from last year and one that still resonates with me; It’s time to do something!
Jimmy Casas shared the videos he shows, there are some great ones here too I haven’t shared.
And then why not create your own school vision video like we did a few years back. Let everyone know what we stand for.