Monday, May 8, 2017

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

This month I plan to spend quite a bit of time in my Social Studies course covering mental health issues. I've compiled some of my best TED Talk lessons focusing on mental health into a workbook for my students to work through over the course of the next couple weeks. I plan to share a new TED Talk with my students every-other-day.

Some TED Talks merit more time than others based on a number of factors including the complexity of the topic, the length of the talk, etc. For these talks, I assign "before-viewing" activities which could include reviewing vocabulary. Sometimes I assign a writing prompt before we watch. Regardless of the length of the talk or the complexity of the topic, I ALWAYS review the lesson before we view the talk which includes reading the questions beforehand. This helps prepare students for what they need to listen for as they watch the video in addition to alleviating any confusion over questions (for example the wording of a question, unfamiliar vocabulary, etc.)

Most of my TED lessons also include "after-viewing" questions and/or activities. One of my favorite TED Talk 'after viewing"activities is a collaborative bulletin board activity I sometimes assign after watching Nancy Lublin's Talk, "Texting that Saves Lives."

I uploaded my TED Talk Mental Health workbook to my store. Check it out here:
Mental Health TED Talk Unit