Mr. Higgins

This is a moving story about a musician, how he used his music to help him deal with the physical and emotional pain of losing a limb, and why he named a song “Mr. Higgins”. The short film makes us think about what success in life means. And the artwork in the video is unusual.

I like the idea that he had only learned two chords before he started writing songs. It makes me think about students who worry that they don’t have enough vocabulary to speak in English. It may not be easy and it may not be an eloquent speech, but you can express what you want to say with a very small vocabulary … and people who listen.

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“The saddest saddo sailing on the sea of sadness”

There are tons of articles and videos and books that tell us how we can be happier, and regular lists of the “happiest countries in the world”. But as I heard someone say the other day, it’s often easier to avoid things that make us unhappy than it is to pursue things that supposedly make us happy.

So here’s a video from CGP Gray about how you can be miserable. How many can you avoid?

Funny:

  • “Be the equivalent of a human pile of laundry.”

A good acronym / mnemonic device:

  • VAPID goals vs. SMART goals

Exploring Hogwarts

For Harry Potter fans — you can explore this 3D version of Hogwarts. It’s filled with “hot spots” to discover trivia about the stories. You do have to sign up with an e-mail address to access the site.

Here’s one example:

Writing prompt:

Have you seen similar explorations for other books or movies you like? If you were to choose one book, movie, manga, or series to give background trivia like this for, what would you choose? What kind of trivia would you add?

Science through emojis

This Twitter account (Biolojical, which is a pun combining “biological” with at least the J, but probably more likely the “oji” from “emoji” is creative and entertaining. I like the idea of making connections and doing something different with a tool of communication (emojis). Students, can you think of a way to utilize emojis in a unique way to organize/categorize and then communicate something that you’re interested in?

Here are a few example tweets:

How much Vitamin C is in these emojis?

How many species does each emoji represent?

What do you call the baby version of these animals in English?