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Forces of Character: A conversation with Gregg Popovich. Excerpted from Forces of Character: Conversations about Building a Life of Impact by Chad Hennings and Jon Finkel.

Forces of Character: A conversation with Gregg Popovich

Book can be purchased online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks. To me, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich represents the quintessential model of continued excellence. He’s been at the helm of the Spurs for almost twenty years, and in that time he’s won five NBA championships and three Coach of the Year awards. What’s even more impressive, and what is most pertinent to this book, is that San Antonio has built a reputation as an organization known for its high character. In fact, if you do a Google search for the words “Spurs” and “character” you get more than three million hits. On a personal level, I know Coach through the Air Force Academy, where we both attended. Gregg Popovich: Sometimes when I hear people talk about character I think it’s a little too general of a term. GP: When I’m interviewing a kid to draft I’m looking for specific things. Using Humor in the Classroom. “But why do I have to go? School is not fun!” That quote is from a first-grade child, asking his mom why he has to go every single day to this place that he was told was going to be a lot of fun, but has not lived up to the hype.

If he could articulate further, he might say, "I am only six. I like to have fun, but school is not fun and from what I can tell, it's going to get worse every year, not better. " This is not an April Fool's Day anecdote; it's all too real. Confused? I asked Ed how humor can be fit in when teachers have so much to cover in their classes. "But most of all, it brings a sense of pleasure and appreciation and creates a common, positive emotional experience that the students share with each other and the teacher. " Humor Strategies to Use Even if you are what Ed calls "humor challenged," there are things you can do to lighten the load and dissipate the clouds in your classroom.

Laugh at yourself -- when you do something silly or wrong, mention it and laugh at it. Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention. E.B.

Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

White famously quipped, "Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process. " At the risk of committing some sort of "humor-cide," a type of scientific dissection must take place if teachers are to consider harnessing the powerful effects of humor, not only to increase joy and enhance the classroom environment, but also to improve learner outcomes. The Funny Bone Is Connected to the Sense of Wonder Teachers understand that humor is inherently social. How many times have you heard that same "Orange who? " Essentially, humor activates our sense of wonder, which is where learning begins, so it seems logical that humor could enhance retention. A substantial body of research explains why we remember things that make us laugh, such as our favorite, hilarious high school moment or the details of that funny movie we saw last weekend.

The Science of Humor and the Humor of Science: A Brilliant 1969 Reflection on Laughter as Self-Defense Against Automation. By Maria Popova “Our life has become so mechanized and electronified that one needs some kind of an elixir to make it bearable at all.

The Science of Humor and the Humor of Science: A Brilliant 1969 Reflection on Laughter as Self-Defense Against Automation

And what is this elixir if not humor?” What, exactly, makes a joke funny? This Is Not My Hat (Age 3+) Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (Age 3+) Today I Feel Silly (Age 4+) Bink & Gollie (Age 6+) Pippi Longstocking (Age 7+) Comedy TV for Teens. Close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set!

Comedy TV for Teens

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Look out for our weekly updates soon. 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 "A really entertaining documentary"—Variety "IRRESISTIBLE"—Kevin Thomas, LA Film Critic. Monsters, Inc. (Age 5+) Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Age 6+) A Night at the Opera (Age 7+) Harold and Maude (Age 13+) Monty Python (Age 13+) Saturday Night Live (Age 14+) Shmoop (Age 14+)

Homestarrunner (Age 15+) Rooftop Comedy (Age 16+) SpongeBob's Truth or Square (Age 7+) The Penguins of Madagascar (Age 8+) Rango: The Video Game (Age 9+) You Don't Know Jack (Age 13+) Avokiddo Emotions (Age 3+) iSock (Age 4+) Cool Mad Libs (Age 6+) Make a Martian (Age 4+)