Using videos to empower students in the classroom

Hi all! Happy New Year!

This is just going to be a super quick post about a scope I did last weekend. (You can catch that by clicking on the My Scopes tab in the above menu).

As a teacher, I think my primary role is to help students reach their fullest potential. However, I feel that students mostly underestimate themselves or think that because they are kids, they don’t have much power to control the world around them.

Fortunately, there are some resources to help us empower our students, and we can use them in the classroom in ways to compliment learning of various ELA, Social Studies, Art and Ethics and Religious Culture concepts that have to be covered throughout the school year.

Here is a list of my top 3 videos to use with students in the classroom:

1) Rule the World- Walk Off the Earth

This video is perfect for learning about structures and features, author’s purpose and for discussing figurative language.

2) Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students

This video can be used in teaching about purpose, structures and features, summarizing, main idea and detail.

3) Anything (clean version)- Hedley

Lyrics from this song can be analyzed, features, figurative language, vocabulary, rhyming and poetry, as well as many other concepts.

Although there are many academic related activities that can be done with these videos, the best part of these videos is seeing students walk around with more confidence and with their heads held high.

Let me know if you have or will use these videos with your students! What activities did you do?

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