The Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by the inspirational writers of Two Writing Teachers. Each March, they invite people to join them in a commitment to write every day. Here's to another year of daily slicing!
I'm also linking to Margaret Simon's DigLit Sunday this morning.
On Friday afternoon, the UConn men's basketball team tied their tournament game in the very last second of the third overtime. The young man who shot the ball was a freshman--talk about making his name known! We watched the play many times in our house, and I got to thinking about what a powerful conversation could happen around never giving up--if you watch this 30 second clip, pay attention to the time on the game clock.
Last fall, I participated in a series of workshops, and the presenter wove in short video clips in several places. These clips were not only engaging, but they were also powerful conversation starters that launched several learning moments. Even now, as I think back, the memories of the videos help me remember the messages about coaching, teaching, and learning.
Since then, I watch short clips differently. I watch them for potential learning springboards. Could it be used it a classroom? What lesson could it pair with? Could it start a PD session? Could I use it as an inquiry demonstration lesson? Short videos have so many uses! Here are a few others I love.
When Derek Redmond, running in the 1994 Barcelona olympics, pulls his hamstring, his father came down and helped him finish the race. It's an incredible clip to begin conversations about growth mindset, never giving up, finishing a job, leaning on others for support. It's also a guaranteed tear-jerker if anyone wants an emotional moment.
Nico Calabria is my new hero, as I have been working on a novel about a girl who plays soccer and loses her leg to cancer. Even though this video is a Powerade commercial, I'd use it because the messages around resilience and overcoming disabilities are so strong.
I have several other favorite video clips, but I'd love to add to my collection. If anyone has other favorite 2-3 minute videos that they use for educational purposes, please share!