I shared this video with my students yesterday, hoping that a wonderful Christmas story might inspire them to sing their hearts out at the Christmas Play. We had a wonderful conversation after watching the video about what had to happen in order for WestJet to be successful in this enterprise. But mostly we all agreed that this was an amazing thing that WestJet managed to pull off. I asked my students to consider one question, and I’ll ask the same question of all of you:
What would you have done? What would you have asked for?
In the future, when someone asks me about my beliefs about education or my personal mission statement, I will simply point them to this video. It says it all…and so much more.
This talk is all the more poignant when you watch it with the knowledge that Ms. Pierson passed away this summer at the age of 61. Education lost a true visionary this year.
Your assignment for this summer’s day is to watch this video and then ask yourself what kind of genius it took to create it. How much time and effort went in to creating this video? Was it worth it? More importantly, was it worth it to those who created the video?
Now, after you’ve answered those questions, it’s time for you to think about your own genius. What would you be willing to put this much time and effort into? Once you have an answer to that question…
Go out and do it!!
P.S. If you’d like to read more about this commercial (yes, commercial!), visit this page: Touch Wood in a Japanese Forest. There’s also a video that shows how they created the original video.
Something else I’d like to my students to remember: history is a story that can be told in many different ways. The following video is a beautiful animated short film that documents the history of one of the world’s favorite toys: Lego®.
You can find a bit more information about the video here: Lego Celebrates 80th Birthday with Whimsical Animated Short. For more about the Lego® company, visit their About Us page. You might also like to watch some of their other videos on YouTube here: Lego Club TV.
If you are a teacher, you should also check out Lego Education. They have so many great ideas for use in the classroom, including simple machines, robotics, and renewable energy.
Something I want all of my students to remember is that we are all connected. This applies to our life as a class and as a part of the global community. Each of us has within us the power to positively impact the community. Choose to Matter!
Happy New Year to one and all! May 2012 bring you many blessings along with plenty of warm memories!