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Developing Emotional Intelligence
Developing our Emotional Intelligence can help us to become effective team members and succeed in the classroom and beyond. Explore several techniques to sharpen your skills.
Self Awareness
Self awareness is an important life skill, understanding our own character, feelings, motives, and desires. Find out how it can help students in many aspects of their current and future lives, and learn practical ways to develop it themselves.
Aspiration and Ambition
Students will learn ways to think about and identify their aspirations, values and beliefs. They’ll understand how these are formed and change over time, and learn ways to harness them to be a better learner and to prepare themselves for the world of work.
Grit
Viewers will learn about grit and the importance of perseverance to fulfill talents. They will self-evaluate how the level of grit they are currently applying to their talents and identifying ways to further develop their grit attributes. Through the inquiry of an experienced adult, they will discover ways to apply grit into their daily life.
My Future Self
Students will consider how knowledge about their personal strengths, interests and aspirations relate to where they might fit in an organisation (e.g. entrepreneur, boss, team member, assistant) and in the world. They’ll learn about how this might change over time and understand the factors that influence it.
Self Awareness
Self awareness is an important life skill, understanding our own character, feelings, motives, and desires. Find out how it can help students in many aspects of their current and future lives, and learn practical ways to develop it themselves.
Self Management
Self-management is a critical workplace and life skill. It is our ability to manage our behaviours, thoughts, and emotions in a conscious and productive way; find out real world examples of how it impacts our students' lives.
How to lead and influence others
As an aspiring entrepreneur, choosing whether you want to become a leader, an influencer, or both is important. This film teaches the importance of leadership in entrepreneurship and analyze ways to assert influence on others.
How to Recognize Opportunities
Entrepreneurs don’t see problems instead they recognize them as opportunities to solve the problem by creating a new business idea. We explore how, as an entrepreneur, you can see those opportunities in business and turn problems into success.
How to Make Strategic Decisions
Identifying key characteristics to become an assertive decision-maker and recognizing the steps required to make decisions more assertively is essential to succeed in business. This film explores what qualities you need to require to become a successful entrepreneur.
This or That? Make Choices
Children often take classes offered through community organizations or clubs. Sometimes they must make a choice between two desirable options, such as music and dance. Those decisions are based on how they envision their strengths or their dreams for their future. In this video, children make choices for the classes they’ll take at the Kids’ Club. Based on which class they take, an artifact is created that they share with friends when they demonstrate what they learned. After that presentation, they have an epiphany that the music and dance classes are truly connected and their artifacts can be used to enrich each other’s classes too!
Storytellers Imagine The Future
Storytelling and artmaking are foundational skills for communicating ideas. In this video, the children imagine themselves as artists representing future settings and roles – dreaming of potential careers and their personal aspirations. Their art will visualize a future setting and a “grown-up” role. They realize that anyone who creates or responds to art is a storyteller. All it takes is imagination – a thinking skill that makes people future ready.
Pieces of the Puzzle
Puzzles are favorite playful experiences for children, but beyond the fun and sense of accomplishment, they help children understand relationships between part and whole, and use evidence/clues to predict a whole visual scene. The process of creating and sharing puzzles demonstrated in this video can be used to help learners focus on any topic, category, or interest area.
Freeze the Past, Present, And Future
In this video, children engage in story creation and visual storytelling through images, drama, and then freeze into tableaux, which are human statues. After they interpret and perform the other groups’ story, they will compare various teams’ interpretations to see if the performances were aligned with the artists’ intent. These experiences build children’s future ready skills of visual communication, dramatic self-expression, and team collaboration.
Find Your Superpowers
Superheroes help others. Every child has superpowers when they are kind and help one another. In this video the children explore their personal superpowers of kindness and caring that can be used every day to help themselves and others.
My Style And Your Style
Some children learn by moving, listening carefully, visually noticing details, using logic, and being aware of others. In this video, they articulate their strengths and notice those that they admire in others. They work in pairs to show ways they can work together by combining their individual styles.
Read Body Language
Learning how to read body language can help us to interact with the people around us. Let’s create body language brushstroke paintings and then bring them to life through tableau drama.
Everyday Unsung Heroes
Our communities are full of unsung heroes who work hard to keep things running smoothly. Let’s create a Gratitude Collage to learn about and celebrate their contributions.
Same Plan, Different Results
A recipe or set of directions is a plan that someone follows to create something. Recipes are excellent for practicing reading and writing skills, following directions, and noticing patterns, sequences, and results that come from imaginative variations! This video shows how differences can occur, and why they might happen.
Social Awareness
The ability to understand the perspective of and empathise with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures is such a vital life skill. Students need to understand social and ethical norms for behaviour which will help them thrive in future social settings both in the workplace and everyday life.
Grit
Viewers will learn about grit and the importance of perseverance to fulfill talents. They will self-evaluate how the level of grit they are currently applying to their talents and identifying ways to further develop their grit attributes. Through the inquiry of an experienced adult, they will discover ways to apply grit into their daily life.
How to take calculated risks
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to become comfortable with the concept of risk. We delve into growth mindsets and risk analysis to understand how risk is essential for a successful business.
How to Make Strategic Decisions
Identifying key characteristics to become an assertive decision-maker and recognizing the steps required to make decisions more assertively is essential to succeed in business. This film explores what qualities you need to require to become a successful entrepreneur.
My Beautiful Brain
The concept of the brain taking in information and making decisions seems abstract for young children. Helping them realize what it is like to have limited sensory input makes them aware of the brain’s role in connecting what we see, touch, and hear with our understanding of self and others. In this video, the children create sensory muting equipment. They then experience and compare beautiful sounds, tactile objects, and images with and without muting their senses.
Why Characters Act That Way
A key element of stories is how characters change from beginning to middle to end. In this video, children learn about how and why characters change by creating a 3-part story. They then dramatize the story using simple puppets made of three basic shapes and primary colors. These characters change the way they look and act, as a result of encountering one another. Join them to see what happens as they change and grow.
The Way We See Things
Any event or circumstance can be experienced from more than one point of view. Children explore a storm (snow or rain) from indoors and outdoors to realize that what we see, hear, feel, and remember changes the way we see experiences.
The Arts Communicate
In every community, individuals and families pass down their cultural heritage through fables and folktales, the stories that are timeless. In this video, children discover that the arts provide every culture ways to creatively communicate universal values and their community’s specific traditions.
Listen To All Sides
In this video, the children analyze a dispute to identify the problem, listen to all sides, develop a solution, and then develop a broader set of “rules” based on listening to all sides. They demonstrate how to collaboratively create a Rules Poster that they vote on and illustrate.
Go For Gold
This child-led video focuses on Results Leadership and demonstrates how young children can manage a process for building self-awareness and self-agency to set and accomplish goals. This example focuses on children setting swimming goals and measuring their progress, but as they realize, the ideas here pertain to every aspect of life and learning.
Four Ways to be a Leader
Leadership Mindsets lead people to deeper self and social awareness and responsible decision-making. Leaders who focus on people, culture, results and innovative thought inspire positive change and work effectively with others. This video shows how children can focus on four ways they can be leaders and graphically document their leadership strengths with art.
Speak up For Adaptations
In this video, children use their people leadership skills to realize playground needs of those with a range of abilities. They plan adaptation for a city park to include the needs of all and present their plan to City Council decision makers. What adaptations can you imagine that would increase inclusion at a community park?
Benefits of Lifelong Learning
Learning doesn't stop when you leave school, fostering a lifelong learning culture is one of the most important skills for the 21st Century, especially as people are changing careers and jobs roles more frequently than ever before.
Developing Emotional Intelligence
Developing our Emotional Intelligence can help us to become effective team members and succeed in the classroom and beyond. Explore several techniques to sharpen your skills.
Team Doodle
In this video, the children identify some objects or experiences as they might evolve in the future. They doodle the outlines of their ideas based on observation, exploration, and imagination. They contribute individually to a collaborative art presentation, where they invite the audience to join the doodle experience. Through this experience they gain skill in using the arts elements of line, shape, color, and pattern to demonstrate a forward-thinking growth mindset, express their curiosity, and develop collaboration skills.
A Mistake Is A Gift
When a mistake is made, it is a moment of decision: toss away what was started or find a creative way to revise what was being created. Children in this video use their handwriting mistakes as opportunities to design something different and create interesting illustrations and playful flaps/windows that get woven into and around the words they write. An "oops" provides the gift of taking a new path and using creative thinking, a skill that prepares children for the future.
Architects of The Future
Architects must think flexibly about the changing needs of school structures and students. In this video the focus will be on designing accessible, inclusive space that fosters future ready skills and behaviors: observation, collaboration, and reflection. Join a group of kids on their creative characters where they plan and then build a 3D model of a future-ready school.
Fabric of the Future
An invention is the creation of something new, usually to solve a problem or improve circumstances. In this video, characters will explore how fabrics were used by ancient peoples for clothing, warmth, shelter, and protection. Then they’ll see how innovators have modified fabrics to make them better and imagine new sustainable fabrics for the future. Finally, they design and present clothing designs for the future using these innovative fabrics.
Forecasting the Future
The children in this video are challenged to forecast the future needs of their community to recommend features that will expand the reach and effectiveness of their current library into a futuristic Media Center. They demonstrate ways to conduct research, connect with community members and anticipate future needs. The children lead an exciting process for forecasting the future and designing a community learning hub.
Improv Art
In this video, children work in pairs to improvise spoken and sketched dialogue, using visual and verbal prompts to build the capacity they need to react quickly to situations, prepare for unexpected events and build future-ready skills.
Communicate Through Gesture
Common gestures and formal sign language can be used to communicate kindness and support. In this activity, children draw some American Sign Language and common gestures that make people feel welcome. Their art reminds them and others of the ways gestures help people communicate.
Welcome Everyone
Harvest is usually a time of bounty, and often people give thanks and share. There are celebrations and festivals. In this video, children explore some consistent patterns and special unique features as they study various harvest celebrations, then use elements to create patterned welcoming decorations.
We All Contribute
In this video, the children each contribute something to collectively drawn images. Moving around to a different drawing station to respond to each prompt, they learn to build upon others’ ideas and work together to make their art come alive.
Visuals Show Results
Leadership Mindsets lead people to deeper self and social awareness and responsible decision-making. Leaders who focus on people, culture, results and innovative thought inspire positive change and work effectively with others. This video shows how children can focus on four ways they can be leaders and graphically document their leadership strengths with art.
Judy Heumann: The Mother of ADA
Teacher Judy Heumann dedicated her life to fighting for disability rights and was one of the architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), changing U.S. society forever.
Social Awareness
The ability to understand the perspective of and empathise with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures is such a vital life skill. Students need to understand social and ethical norms for behaviour which will help them thrive in future social settings both in the workplace and everyday life.
Growth Mindset
Having talent will only get you so far, what individuals really need to succeed is a Growth Mindset. Developing a Growth Mindset through hard work, strategies and feedback from others, will take you much further in everything you do.
Social Skills
We use social skills everyday to interact and communicate with others. Mastering those abilities includes verbal and non-verbal communication, such as speech, gesture, facial expression and body language.
My Future Self
Students will consider how knowledge about their personal strengths, interests and aspirations relate to where they might fit in an organisation (e.g. entrepreneur, boss, team member, assistant) and in the world. They’ll learn about how this might change over time and understand the factors that influence it.
How to take calculated risks
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to become comfortable with the concept of risk. We delve into growth mindsets and risk analysis to understand how risk is essential for a successful business.
How to lead and influence others
As an aspiring entrepreneur, choosing whether you want to become a leader, an influencer, or both is important. This film teaches the importance of leadership in entrepreneurship and analyze ways to assert influence on others.
How to negotiate
Negotiation is part of our everyday lives. But it’s also a part of business. Entrepreneurs negotiate with all kinds of people and this film teaches some of those essential business skills.
How to Set Goals
To recognise the importance of setting goals in entrepreneurship and be able to set SMART goals that align with the overall entrepreneurial mission is essential for any successful business.
How to Set Goals
To recognise the importance of setting goals in entrepreneurship and be able to set SMART goals that align with the overall entrepreneurial mission is essential for any successful business.
Ways I Make A Difference
There are many ways that children’s individual actions make a difference and can address big concerns. In this video, the children choose the issue of water conservation. They explore uses for water and identify where there is waste. They use their observation/investigation tool to look closely for signs of the impact water has on the environment. Then they present their observations and recommendations for conserving water and gather others’ ideas.
My Turn, Your Turn
Taking turns is part of childhood play. Being able to postpone immediate gratification and honor others’ desire to have a turn is essential to establishing social norms and being fair. This video introduces a concrete way for children to play with and learn from one another, practice taking turns, understand what self-regulation and group social regulation mean, as they participate in responsible decision making – all part of the CASEL framework.
Consider Ways to Solve it
Big problems have more than one potential solution. Considering many possible solutions is a future ready skill. In this video, children learn that bees are disappearing. They conduct research to learn more about the situation and sketch different solutions.
Flip Folk Tales
Folktales become springboards for exploring new and imagined adventures, as children explore the perspectives and assumptions from several characters’ point of view. In this video, viewers are encouraged to flip stories, by modifying them in ways that add humor or surprise, and help them consider alternative points of view.
Metaphors Say it Colorfully
Metaphoric thinking is personal and poetic. Metaphorical perspectives are important for writers as they explore ways to express themselves. In this video, children discover metaphors to describe their perceptions and feelings, in response to existing art, then they create an illustrated poem, based on their colorful metaphorical descriptions.
Change Creates New Possibilities
Change is an important part of life – it’s how we grow as people. Let’s create art that involves intentional and unintentional change and explore how it affects our plans.
Notice Change
Young children are experts at play. In this video, children begin their thought leadership challenge by identifying games and toys that children have played with for generations, and by noticing changes in the types of toys and materials they were made from.
Connect With Community Artists
Non-traditional artists enhance every community’s quality of life by meeting everyday needs while bringing rich cultural traditions to many art forms: bread-making, gardening, hairstyles, home décor, and head coverings, to name just a few. Let’s learn a little about how some of them make their art and how enjoying their artistry teaches us more about the cultural diversity and common needs in our community.
Find Everyone's Strengths
Project-based learning requires teamwork. This collaboration requires planning. In this video, children create a tool to identify team members’ strengths, figure out what they want to learn from each other, and stretch themselves in new ways. The flexible tool they craft can work for any project. People leaders connect skills, interests, and assignments in ways that foster social and emotional learning.
The Power of Art to Persuade
In this video, children explore Artivism as the blend of art and activism. After researching examples of how images shifted public opinion, the children create posters, banners, and signs that make their personal passions public. They use visuals and crisp text to convey messages.
Dirty Thirties
The Dirty Thirties refers to the worst man-made ecological crisis in US history – when irresponsible farming habits, drought and storms led to "black blizzards" that took the lives of thousands and left many homeless.
Self Management
Self-management is a critical workplace and life skill. It is our ability to manage our behaviours, thoughts, and emotions in a conscious and productive way; find out real world examples of how it impacts our students' lives.
Social Skills
We use social skills everyday to interact and communicate with others. Mastering those abilities includes verbal and non-verbal communication, such as speech, gesture, facial expression and body language.
Benefits of Lifelong Learning
Learning doesn't stop when you leave school, fostering a lifelong learning culture is one of the most important skills for the 21st Century, especially as people are changing careers and jobs roles more frequently than ever before.
Growth Mindset
Having talent will only get you so far, what individuals really need to succeed is a Growth Mindset. Developing a Growth Mindset through hard work, strategies and feedback from others, will take you much further in everything you do.
Aspiration and Ambition
Students will learn ways to think about and identify their aspirations, values and beliefs. They’ll understand how these are formed and change over time, and learn ways to harness them to be a better learner and to prepare themselves for the world of work.
How to negotiate
Negotiation is part of our everyday lives. But it’s also a part of business. Entrepreneurs negotiate with all kinds of people and this film teaches some of those essential business skills.
How to Recognize Opportunities
Entrepreneurs don’t see problems instead they recognize them as opportunities to solve the problem by creating a new business idea. We explore how, as an entrepreneur, you can see those opportunities in business and turn problems into success.
Courageous Conversations
In this video, children use art as a way of learning how words and behaviors impact people. They create Courageous Conversation collages as springboards for dialogue that is important and difficult. Courageous conversations are the hard ones, the deep ones – the discussions about how we have been hurt by others’ words and actions.
Connect a Main Idea
In this video, children learn a writing technique for organizing their ideas into an overarching main idea, which becomes foundational for pulling an entire story together. Working collaboratively, they write and sketch their interests on individual cards that they decorate as train cars. Collectively the group of children discusses which ideas could be combined with others and connected to create a main idea for their writing.
Reflect on Today's Stories
In this video children create time capsules to store their original writing. The young authors will individually determine what genre they will use to write about an interesting or significant, timely event or experience. Then, in a future month or year, they will open the time capsules and reflect upon how their thoughts and feelings might have changed.
Advocacy Avatars
Every person is unique with special qualities and needs that are not identical to any other. This video provides children with an opportunity to articulate their needs and strengths, using a third-person voice, their avatar. As children inspect their inner selves and articulate their feelings, attitudes, and special features, they find innovative ways to advocate for themselves and appreciate the person who lives inside.
Start with a Breath
Deep, slow breathing can calm children down. This video helps children focus on their breath to relax, stay calm, and get ready for what’s coming next. As children become aware of their breath, they begin to learn self-regulation techniques. Making art that shows their full bodies helps to deepen self-awareness.
Not What It Seems
When we meet someone new, we form a first impression of them. But art can help us to explore what’s underneath to learn who a person really is.
Emotions Alive Game
When we create and play games together, we learn about new things and each other. Let’s create an Emotions Game to learn how to listen and solve problems.
Build Resilience
Everyone goes through difficult situations, but art can help you build the resilience you need to control your emotions and make smart decisions.
Convince Me
Convincing others includes starting by gathering information and then presenting what was discovered in compelling ways. This video focuses on using pictographs to present data that convinces decision makers to make a change.
Hear Many Points of View
Cultural leadership involves listening to many points of view and understanding the role that diverse backgrounds and cultural priorities have on people. In this video the children ask, “What does arts in education mean and why is it important?” They use an open mindset to hear about different preferences and see how cultural traditions help learners connect to ideas and each other.
Many Ways to Measure Success
How do you measure success? In this video, children explore Results Leadership by creating a pictorial rubric that enables self-reflections about their collaboration and contributions to a project. The concepts can be applied to any project and help children move up the learning ladder, from beginning novice to striving for mastery. Join them as they discover the power of self-assessment and visualization, finding important ways to communicate their success.
My Busy Pace And Quiet Place
A child’s self-awareness of what helps them relax and regroup can be increased when they plan a quiet space where they can observe, connect with their inner thoughts, and reinvigorate their energy. In this video, children create a visual model that juxtaposes their busy pace and quiet spaces, with attention to the sounds, looks, and feeling of quiet spaces.
Picture Possibilities
As the population grows and land becomes increasingly valuable, for sale signs invite conversations about the possible uses of fields and farms. Decisions about land use impact communities for a long time, so visualizing the future is important. In this video, an orchard is for sale. The children consider possible future uses for this land, visualize three possibilities, and encourage viewers to come up with ideas of their own.
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