Thursday, January 26, 2017

Well that didn't go as expected...

I had this idea that I thought would be epic. The point was to help teachers see the power video can have over people. I started by showing a tiny clip of the Slap Chop. This was a product from a few years back. The infomercial played on cable and in the wee hours of the morning but the thing sold making someone millions.

The original video moved people to remix it.  That sold many more Slap Chops. Just google Slap Chop Remix, it is hilarious!

The final outside of education idea was the My Pillow.  You might have seen this on the news lately for deceptive advertising practices. Even after the news and government told people not to buy it, they still bought pillows. So many the company is manufacturing 25,000 pillows every single day. That is not a small number of pillows.

These three examples were meant to show the power of a convincing video. These videos moved people to do something they might not otherwise do on their own.

The final was to show how a student uses video to convince millions of kids to read. If you watch even one video by @thelivbits you can't help but get excited. Check out her website to learn more.

I'm pretty sure my intended outcome was not exactly what I thought it would be. I'm not sure I made the connection strong enough for the teachers. Someone once told me, or maybe I read it somewhere, when something does not go right give yourself time to grieve, feel bad or just let the emotions run but after twenty-four hours you have to let it go. Don't forget what happened but stop letting it get to you. Learn from the mistake or failure but stop letting that control you.

While I might have led some teachers down a confusing path, I will not stop taking chances to figure out how to inspire people. I am sure I will fail and other times I will be successful.

Don't stop trying. The world needs you to take a chance.


  1. You always inspire me to be a better teacher!

  2. Thank you for writing this! You inspire me as well.

  3. Yes it does my friend.....yes it does....and besides, no one can be perfect all the time. How boring would that be? Keep on keeping on. You are always an inspiration!


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