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Lady Gaga Shares On Evil And Humanity: How To Use This Video With Your Students

Lady Gaga Shares On Evil And Humanity: How To Use This Video With Your Students

The discussion of evil is resonating with adults and children around the world in these last months.

Something of horrific proportions is occurring on a global scale almost weekly.

Whether it is man-made violence or a natural disaster,  it is painful to turn on the TV and radio, read the news on paper or on your phone, or listen to office chatter. The world is shifting.  We need a breath.

This short, timely, and valuable YouTube video of Lady Gaga sitting with the Dali Lama, encapsulates the state of human consciousness today. It discusses what we can do and what we need to do to create a shift in the way we are thinking and living. It is a wonderful tool to show students in out-of-school time or in-school hours to create classroom discussions and awareness.

Lady G.  says, ‘mobilize the kids.’ I believe this too. Our kids know, feel, and are powerful.

Below are eight questions to open the discussion and help your students make a shift following the viewing of this video. 

(For the full 20-minute interview click here.)

Following this video ask your students:

  1. What did you see? How did it make you feel?
  2. What does evil mean to you?
  3. What does kindness mean to you?
  4. What is a humanitarian?
  5. How do you become a humanitarian?
  6. What is one thing you can do today to become a kinder person?
  7. Is there a certain group of people you want to focus on helping or a cause you want to bring awareness to?
  8. Can you write a poem, create a PSA, or create on-going conversations in your program or school to make a difference?

You can change the questions, add to them, create a classroom project, or program-wide project to mobilize your students and help them become more mindful of their own actions. Each day they do one thing, each day they make a change.

How can you be the change?

PLEASE leave comments below and share what you are doing in your programs so we can create more dialogue within our own community, this is the time.

For breakfast, I had a pressed beet juice and a cup of tea. 

Author: @juliagabor

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In 2014, Julia was awarded the Women Making a Difference by U.S. Senator of California Lou Correa for her contributions in youth programming in Orange County, CA. In, 2013 Julia received the OSTI award from BOOST for her contribution to out-of-school time individuals by providing innovative approaches to support students, families and communities. Julia currently develops tailored training's and facilitates workshops for educators, non-profit organizations, mentor professionals and students. She works with you to create strategies for educational programs to enhance student success and a productive future. She also will establish effective practices for staff communication and leadership. As the Director of Education at WRiTE BRAiN WOLRD Julia is built, expanded and introduced the WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS curriculum into education communities across the country. WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS inspires creativity while applying project- based literacy and builds 21st Century skills. In only two and a half years WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS is being implemented in 41 states with 45,000 student becoming published authors of their own children’s book. While at the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF), Julia launched a college internship program for sports management, hospitality, event planning and marketing majors from universities across the country. Julia develops specialized programs ranging from activity based curriculum in a variety of different educational areas to creating a collegiate mentor program. Starting in 2006, Julia managed a national character education program called- Tiger's Action Plan, a free youth development curriculum that focuses on leadership, goal setting, service learning and career exploration. Prior to joining TWF, Julia was a Coordinator for the After School All - Stars in Los Angeles, where she taught a range of middle school enrichment classes- from personal leadership to sports, to performance and visual art classes. Julia has been teaching/leading groups since she was a teenager working alongside her mother, who is an acting teacher and coach in the USA and Europe. Julia has served as a trainer/facilitator in disguised learning and cultural diversity throughout California. In 2009, Julia received the Honored Educator Award from California State Fullerton University for dedication to education in Orange County, CA. Miss Gabor is a graduate of the State University of New York, Fredonia receiving her bachelor's degree in the Fine Arts. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Antioch University in 2012.

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