It continues to be time for mid-year “Best” lists.
Now it’s time for the Best Videos For Educators.
You can see all my previous “Best” lists related to videos and movies (and there are a lot since I’ve doing this since 2007) here. Note that they’re also continually revised and updated.
Here are my picks from the first half of 2022:
This is a great short video of Quinta Brunson, creator of Abbott Elementary:
I’m adding this new Edutopia video to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong:
John Oliver’s video segment on police in schools was the best analysis of the problems they create that I’ve seen, heard, or read anywhere. It’s twenty-five minutes long but, unfortunately, after the 12 minute mark he uses in appropriate classroom language five times. I obviously think the whole video is worth watching by many, but I do end the embedded video below prior to his first expletive (actually, that hack didn’t work, but here’s the link to the video – I didn’t feel comfortable embedding the whole thing here because of the profanity and, yes, I know it sounds weird because I’m still linking to it). I’m adding this info to TEACHING RESOURCES ABOUT IF POLICE SHOULD BE IN SCHOOLS.
The PBS NewsHour had a particularly interesting two minutes in a segment on gun violence’s impact on youth. I’ve embedded the video so that it starts at that point. I’m adding this to Not Very “Best” Lists Of The Week: Gun Violence:
Last year, after reading an Edutopia article about “classroom dedications,” I wrote a popular post titled I THINK THIS IS A BRILLIANT IDEA FOR AN OPENING CLASS RITUAL – HERE’S HOW I’M MODIFYING IT FOR DISTANCE LEARNING. I have continued the practice this year. Now, Edutopia has created a video about the idea, building on its original article:
I’ve shared several interviews with Nikole Hannah-Jones, and I’ve shared several tweets by her about this particular interview (see NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES ON THE ROLE OF PARENTS IN DECIDING CURRICULUM). I recently got around to watching this entire video, and it’s amazing. I certainly plan on having students in my IB Theory of Knowledge class watch it when we study history. I’m adding it to:
USEFUL RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRINGING ENSLAVED AFRICANS TO AMERICA
THE BEST – & MOST INTERESTING – RESOURCES FOR STUDYING HISTORY
This new short clip from PBS NewsHour is worth watching by all educators, especially by those of us who are white. I’m adding it to New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work.