Great Video! The Hero Cycle

YouTubeI am putting this up here mainly for myself so I can easily find it!  I love showing my students about this.  I love talking to them about how the hero cycle can be seen in individual’s lives.  It isn’t just found in literature… but that is a great jumping off place for this!  I haven’t used this with writing classes but I can see how you could show this and have your students do some creative writing incorporating the hero cycle. You could also use it to analyze different books.  Lots of ideas!  Take a look and see what you think!

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Teaching “Mission” with a Movie – Bridge of Spies

Theatrical Release Poster
Theatrical Release Poster

I love to use movies to teach.  Students don’t expect it!  Especially with more popular movies.  Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks is one movie that is definitely going into my collection.  I teach a leadership class as well as a WWII class and it would work well with both.  And the best part about this movie is that it is based on actual events.

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What would you do with $4 BILLION?

YouTubeManoj Bhargava is an amazing entrepreneur that was faced with this question.  He invented the 5 Hour Energy Drink and became a billionaire overnight.  Check out this movie (42 min.) and see what he does with his money.  It is fascinating!

I teach Entrepreneurship, Economics, Personal Finance, and Leadership classes and can’t wait to share this with my students in all of these.  

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Do we REALLY want to be Free?

LadyLibertyI recently took my sixteen year old son and his friend to spend a week with my oldest son in his apartment.  I had to chuckle when they were discussing the “freedom” my oldest has as an adult.  He told the high-schoolers how he used to think it would be so much fun to be an adult… he could eat what he wanted, sleep when he wanted, spend money on what he wanted.  Then reality set in. 

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Why “Teenager” is a Bad Word

NO TEENAGERSIn my house, teenager is a “bad” word. We don’t have teenagers. We have young adults. Now this is not my own idea. I fully acknowledge that I have been heavily influenced by Dr. Oliver DeMille and his book Thomas Jefferson Education. His book made me look at my kids in a totally different way – a life changer for all of us!

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