Another day, another mid-year annual “Best” list (you can find all 1,600 Best lists here).

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The Best Videos For Educators In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Videos For Educators In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Videos For Educators In 2012 — Part One

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I’ve also written a guest post for Edutopia titled 5-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos for ELL Classrooms. You might find it useful.

Here are my choices for The Best Videos For Educators In 2016 – So Far (some may have been produced prior to this year, but are just new to me):

“Pro Tips: How to Study” does not allow embedding, but it’s a good one.  I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Students Learn How Best To Study.

I think this video is a great one to show to students — it’s short and sweet, and could really help with student presentations. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations:

I’ve previously posted about Jo Boaler’s work (see Great New Video: “When People Make Mistakes Their Brains Grow, More Than When They Got Work Right”). Her TEDx Talk was recently posted. It’s titled “How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning” and it’s definitely not just applicable to math. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning:

And here’s her earlier animated video:

I’m adding this video to The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History:

Mai Xi Lee has done a tremendous job working with schools in our district to implement Social Emotional Learning. In this video, you’ll hear what it looks like (and, you’ll see a few clips of me and my classroom 🙂 ):

I’m adding it to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

Police Body Cameras: What Do You See? is a new very impressive interactive at The New York Times. After first soliciting the reader’s general feelings about the police, the interactive shows several staged police encounters from different cameras and angles – asking you to judge what you think you saw. Then, those judgments are compared to other what others said and their feelings about the police. It’s extraordinarily useful to just about any class, and will be a superior addition to my Theory of Knowledge lesson on perception, Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today. That post shares several other videos showing the same event from different angles.

I’m adding this video to The Best Sites That Show Statistics By Reducing The World & The U.S. To 100 People, which I’ve just updated and revised. The video is from GOOD:

Human appears to be a full-length movie and a YouTube channel with short personal stories from around the world. Here is how they describe it:

Filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent 3 years collecting real-life stories from more than 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of translators, journalists and cameramen, he captures deeply personal and emotional accounts of topics that unite us all; struggles with poverty, war, homophobia, and the future of our planet mixed with moments of love and happiness.

Here’s one amazing example (that was made into a TED-ED lesson):

I’m adding Human to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

Fig. 1 by University of California is a YouTube Channel offering short, accessible science animations with closed-captioning.

Here are some samples:

I’ve previously posted about an intriguing study on curiosity (see “Curiosity improves memory by tapping into the brain’s reward system”). Now, this video has just come online that provides a short explanation of the same study.

I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Curiosity.

The Sacramento Bee asked me to give ninety-seconds of tips for new teachers. Here’s the video:

I’m adding it to The Best Advice For New Teachers.

I’ve previously posted a lot about the work of Harvard professor Michael Sandel.

Here’s an older video clip
of an interview he did on NBC. I use it in my IB Theory of Knowledge class when we’re studying Ethics.

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I’m always trying to learn new classroom discussion strategies, particularly using the sequence of big-to-small-to-big (pose question,assignment and sequence to the entire class; have them break into small groups; then come back to the entire class to share and discuss). This kind of strategy works great for English Language Learners and, I think, for just about everybody else, too. So I was excited to see this short video on The Teaching Channel (embedded below and here’s the direct link to it at The Channel).

I hadn’t heard of the “Wingman” strategy before (call me “PC,” but I’d probably call it “Wingperson.” Basically, students go into small groups (for example, a group of three) and one person is designated as the “Wingman.” That person’s job is to listen to the discussion between the classmates in the group and use a sheet to evaluate the quality of the work (for example, if they are using certain sentence starters or if they are talking excessively) and then to write down their own thoughts and summarize what occurred. Then, that student can provide a report to the class. There are lots of variations, of course. If you register at the Teaching Channel (it’s free and easy), you then gain access to some nice materials, including a sample Wingman worksheet.

I like it a lot. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions.

Here’s the video:

Brainwaves has issued another great video — this time a short interview of Jonathan Kozol. Actually, there are two. The first is five minutes, and the second is one minute of him talking about the great Fred Rogers. As a bonus, I’ve also included an NPR video of him from last year. Here’s an excerpt from the new video, followed by all the videos themselves:


I, and many others, always look forward to the infrequent release of an RSA Animated talk. They are visualizations of talks given by authors/writers/scientists on important topics. You can see all of them at their YouTube Channel. Their video of Dan Pink might be the one most familiar to educators. They recently released on of a talk by Carol Dweck, and it’s pretty impressive. It’s embedded below, and I’m also adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A Growth Mindset.

I’ve previously posted some comments and videos of writer George Saunders (see Animated Video: George Saunders’ Commencement Speech On “The Importance of Kindness” and Video: “George Saunders Commencement Speech 2013″). The Atlantic has published a quasi-animated interview with him on “how to tell a good story.” I’m embedding it below. However, be aware that the Atlantic video platform can be a bit cantankerous. It’s really worth viewing. Because of some very slightly off-color language, I probably wouldn’t recommend using it below the high school level.

Because of some comments he makes in it, including the one highlighted below, I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision – Help Me Find More.


As all of us teachers know, some students are reluctant to ask for help. I’ve collected resources on this challenge at The Best Research On Why Some Students Ask For More Or Less Help Than Others. One of the items on that list is a post I wrote about a recent study about how asking for help creates a good impression (see Quote Of The Day: “Asking Advice Makes a Good Impression” & Its Connection To The Classroom). I’ve used that study in a mini-lesson to help students see some benefits to asking for help that they might not have known. Now, New York Magazine has created a very short video illustrating the findings of that same study, which would make a great addition to the text. Here it is:

I’ve added this video to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!:

I’m adding this video to The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About U.S. History (Thanks to Flowing Data for the tip):

Here are two important issues we all need to know more about:

Let me know what videos I’m missing….