Big Think and This I BelieveJust wanted to share something I'm using today in my Rhetoric class. There's a relatively new forum, www.bigthink.com. Experts in every imaginable subject film short...

Big Think and This I Believe

Just wanted to share something I'm using today in my Rhetoric class.

There's a relatively new forum, www.bigthink.com. Experts in every imaginable subject film short videos in response to thought provoking questions (Jim Lehrer is today's commentator). Viewers are able to comment on the construction of the argument (or anything else); higher rated postions rise to the top of the queue.

Also, you should check this out:

NPR has a fabulous series called "This I Believe."

Here, regular people and the famous argue for their own values and belief systems. Anyone can contribute:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4538138

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The "This I Believe" series is wonderful.  I was at the Southern Festival of Books this weekend and picked up the whole series on DVD, I will load it on my laptop to use with a slide show made from pictures dealing with the topic of the essay.  Another great thing to use in class is TED.com.  If you haven't been to this site yet check it out.  There are videos of famous and not so famous people talking about all type of things. There is one up not with Ted Burchfield playing invisible turntables using sound effects with his mouth. The student's loved it and I used it as an intro to a drama unit. Another good one is Lakshmi Pratury: "The lost art of letter-writing" There is everything from science to sociology on this site.  Check it out.  www.ted.com

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The "This I Believe" series is wonderful.  I was at the Southern Festival of Books this weekend and picked up the whole series on DVD, I will load it on my laptop to use with a slide show made from pictures dealing with the topic of the essay.  Another great thing to use in class is TED.com.  If you haven't been to this site yet check it out.  There are videos of famous and not so famous people talking about all type of things. There is one up not with Ted Burchfield playing invisable turntables using sound effects with his mouth. The student's loved it and I used it as an intro to a drama unit.  There is everything from science to sociology on this site.  Check it out.  www.ted.com

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I used "This I Believe" with my sophomore class as an introduction to The Cather in the Rye, emphasizing the fact that Holden is searching for answers. We listened to some essays and they wrote their own, which they read to the class. Several kids even sent their work into NPR. Last year, one of our student's essays was chosen and read on air. Once we finished the novel, the students wrote a "This I Believe" for Holden. They came out really well!

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I used "This I Believe" in my 8th grade English class last year as a writing prompt. I had the students listen to one of the essays and then asked them to write what they believe about a certain topic (can't remember now what it was). It was wonderful to be able to use something different to inspire them to write. (Mmuch better than giving raisins to 7th graders and asking them to write a description. What a disaster that was! Think raisin spit wads.)

I bet that doing this was students as young as yours was interesting. 

Once, in conjuction with teaching Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club," I had students write a letter to their mothers (this was in an all girls school, 10th grade).  They were to pretend that Mom had amnesia and they were to tell her what was good about their relationship and what needed improvement.  The responses were touching and sometimes painful.  With their permission, I shared some of the letter with their parents.  Many cried. 

A number of these girls, from well-to-do homes, wanted their parents to know that what they wanted most from their mothers was time and attention; the material objects ranked very low on the appreciation list.  Even more revealed how hurt they were by divorce. 

It's never to early to explore what you feel and believe. 

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I saw this on the Colbert Report. What an interesting idea!

I think this "internet" may be more than a fad. I was just telling my wife this as I slid on my moon boots over my leg warmers before climbing into my AMC Pacer to go racquet ball league. Nanoo-Nanoo.

My students were quite impressed that I was "hip" enough to include something they'd see on Colbert!  The class before, we'd examined how Jon Stewart's "Crossfire" appearance fit in with Socratic dialogue, so my cache has increased considerably.  (If you haven't seen or it's been awhile, check it out again at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFQFB5YpDZE 

I have been reading "The Daily Show and Philosophy," which I highly recommend.

http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Show-Philosophy-Moments-Fake/dp/1405163143/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200618875&sr=8-1

Btw, my father personally owned a Pacer, and my teenage mortification was complete...I cursed silently as I adjusted my leg warmers (over my parachute pants)....

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I used "This I Believe" in my 8th grade English class last year as a writing prompt. I had the students listen to one of the essays and then asked them to write what they believe about a certain topic (can't remember now what it was). It was wonderful to be able to use something different to inspire them to write. (Mmuch better than giving raisins to 7th graders and asking them to write a description. What a disaster that was! Think raisin spit wads.)

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I saw this on the Colbert Report. What an interesting idea!

I think this "internet" may be more than a fad. I was just telling my wife this as I slid on my moon boots over my leg warmers before climbing into my AMC Pacer to go racquet ball league. Nanoo-Nanoo.

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