No no no, I’m not going to go off on the Iowa legistature for discussing mandatory retention of lower reading third graders (though I should), nor am I going to go off on the Dallas Cowboys for their possible salary cap issues (not that it makes much of a difference).
However, I have to show everyone this:
The episode is from a PSB show called “The Elecritc Company” and we happened over it last night just flipping channels. What struck me about it, more so then the use of the word falafel was that for every negative, a positive was put in it’s place.
My class and I watched this today just before our common reading time, and the things we took away from it: words are fun, you can learn and laugh, and it’s just as easy to be positive as it is to be negative.
I am just as guilty as the next person, complaining about things, finding fault without looking for solutions, but listening to my students talk about what they saw, how much easier would it be? I know that there’s scientific evidence that states the human body ages faster with stress, and a negative attitude about things is certainly stressful. No, we all aren’t suddenly going to love unicorns, puppies, and rainbows (though we should), but finding that positive every once and a while, it can make a difference. If you aren’t doing it for yourself, do it for those you love, or who love you.
Besides, smiling, while healthy, always makes someone think you are up to something, and who can resist that? 🙂
March 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm
Thanks for sharing this cute video! It is funny, and I like the way the way it uses humor to illustrate the point of being positive instead of negative. So true about smiling keeping people wondering!
March 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm
I agree totally about the positives and negatives! We watched this three different times, and while a couple of my classes had troubles getting to that positive/negative idea, we eventually all did. The bonus, we all giggled, a lot! 🙂
Thanks for the comment,