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A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama. The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion.

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment. Reductive? "The Dalai Lama and I have had a series of dialogues—we’re up to about 60 hours of one-on-one conversations—and in one of them, he said to me, ‘When we wanted to get to the new world, we need[ed] a map to get there. Ekman is a prominent psychologist whose studies on universal human expressions—the smiles and scowls we share across cultures—became foundational for the modern era of emotion research. The results became those five "continents" you see on the site today: fear, disgust, anger, sadness, and enjoyment.

But they aren't purely empirical. In the atlas, the emotions are clinically detached from the viewer. As soon as you load the site, you'll see that the five core emotions seem to ebb and flow with a certain randomness, like planets that may or may not be influencing one another with their gravitational pull. Self-Esteem Books. Today I Feel Silly (Age 4+) Eloise (Age 7+) Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Age 9+) This Is Me from Now On (Age 11+) Louder Than a Bomb. Louder Than A Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world's largest youth slam.

Louder Than a Bomb

By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than A Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one's voice. Winner of more than fifteen festival prizes, including ten audience awards, Louder Than A Bomb has been hailed as "powerful and exhilarating" (TimeOut Chicago), "inspiring" (L.A. Looking for a way to engage and inspire young people? "...AN AFFECTING AND SUPERBLY PACED CELEBRATION of American youth at their creative best.

" The Crash Reel. This eye-popping film seamlessly combines twenty years of stunning action footage with new specially-shot verité footage and interviews as it follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports.

The Crash Reel

An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma follow- ing a training accident in Park City, Utah. Kevin's tight-knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor. But when he insists he wants to return to the sport he still loves, his family intervenes with his eloquent brother David speaking for all of them when he says, “I just don’t want you to die.” Kevin’s doctors caution him that even a small blow to the head could be enough to kill him.

Most Valuable Players. Across the USA, high school sports are regularly lavished with funding, publicity and scholarships, while theater departments struggle to put on the school musical hoping for some recognition of their own.

Most Valuable Players

Helping to settle the score are the "Freddy Awards," a live television event that celebrates excellence in high school musical theater. Illustrating that arts education encourages the same teamwork, camaraderie and confidence as sports, Most Valuable Players follows three theater troupes on their creative journeys to the elaborate award ceremony — the "Super Bowl" of high school musical theater. Official Selection, Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club "The feel good documentary of the year"—IDA "FUNNY...COMPELLING"—USA Today "A THRILLING DOCUMENTARY"—The Huffington Post. Angelina Ballerina (Age 3+) Phineas and Ferb (Age 5+) Anne of Green Gables (Age 7+) Mad Hot Ballroom (Age 8+)

At first, it might seem strange to see such young people working so seriously on ballroom dancing.

Mad Hot Ballroom (Age 8+)

But within minutes, Marilyn Agrelo's documentary convinces viewers that this is exactly the right activity for these dedicated, enchanting fifth-graders. As they work with their teachers and each other to learn the difficult steps and postures for the rumba, tango, swing, merengue, and fox-trot, they also reveal much about themselves as thoughtful, dynamic young people.

As they dance, they are exposed to various cultural traditions and begin to learn traditional gender roles (the boys are instructed, "Take care of your partner"). More than anything else, the movie impresses by the respect it affords its subjects. Whether the dancers perform for the camera (which some of them certainly do), explain their interest (Michael Vaccaro says, "It's like a sport that hasn't been invented yet! ") Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (Age 12+) Learning Tools: Out-of-the-Box Thinkers. Close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set!

Learning Tools: Out-of-the-Box Thinkers

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Sites That Help Kids Do Good

Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation. Exploratorium (Age 10+) Kiva (Age 11+) PeaceCorps (Age 11+) The Learning Network (Age 12+) Volunteer Match (Age 15+) Fitness Games (Age 4+) The Penguins of Madagascar (Age 8+) Create (Age 8+) Zumba Fitness Core (Age 10+) Super Scribblenauts (Age 10+) Max and the Magic Marker (Age 7+) Middle School Confidential (Age 11+) Happier (Age 12+) Half the Sky Movement (Age 13+)