Do you see what I see?

Do you like independent films? Here are a couple short, and thought provoking, animations that you can use to elicit action verbs. Then, if your students have an artsy side, there is an opportunity to talk about the symbolism in the videos. In my experience, this sort of thing can either prompt a great philosophical discussion or fall flat. It really depends on the people you are working with.

Pre discussion

  • What is an independant film?
  • What makes indie films different from mainstream cinema?
  • What freedoms to indie film makers have?
  • What constraints do they have?
  • Can you think of an indie film you watched? What was it about?

Film 1: ECIRAVA

  • Pretend you have to describe this video to someone who can see, make a list of all the actions in this video?
  • What is the problem (s) in this story?
  • What is the difference between one side of mirror and the other?
  • Which side do you think the man is likely to be happier?

Film 2: SOAR

  • Again, describe the actions in this video as if you were sitting next to someone who couldn’t see it.
  • What is the problem (s) in this video?
  • What does the main character do to overcome the problems?
  • What are some of the emotions you can identify throughout the video?

That’s all for this post…if any of you try this lesson, let me know how it goes.

Bye for now…Mel

What can governments do to stop climate change?

When we look at the ludicrous speed the planet is changing because of the human footprint, it can leave us feeling powerless. Thus all eyes are on our governments to fix the problem–to be the climate police. But is that fair? Can we trust them?

In this Frontline report, we are confronted by some of the barriers to climate change measures.

Pre discussion

  • What do you know about climate change?
  • What are some of the elements that contribute to fossil fuel emission?
  • What habits have you changed to reverse the trend?

The Video: Frontline: Leadership on Climate Change: Can America Summon the Political Will?

  • Why is there a disconnect between science and policy in America?
  • Why are some reluctant to support policy that puts constraints on manufacturers?
  • Should the government be financing innovation?
  •  Who wins by blocking climate friendly legislation? Who loses?
  • What are other countries doing that has helped the climate change movement?

What do your hobbies do for you?

Take a look at the Huffington Posts article on Healthy Hobbies. Scan for words that describe the benefits of hobbies.

What hobbies do you have?

What are the benefits?

Out of the 11 hobbies listed in the article, which would you like to try?

What is it about that activities that sparks your interest?