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Video newsletter: Be an active listener this month and beyond

/ Nitesh Dutt

The month may be short, but there’s more than enough time for your students to practice on becoming better active listeners!

That’s the message you should be telling your students this month. Not sure how to accomplish this? Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad’s latest piece, Build empathy with social-emotional learning, can help. Dr. Lang-Raad highlights four steps your students can use to become better active listeners. You’ll also learn the importance of empathy and how it can lead to personal growth. It’s a lesson you and your students can practice in the classroom and outside of it with family and friends.

For such a short month, February has several important events happening. None more important than Black History Month. The importance of history, especially Black history, can be best represented by this Maya Angelou quote:

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

February is a month to shine a light on historical African-American figures and moments. Finding the right lesson plan to do so isn’t always easy. But, Amherst Central High School Principal Gregory Pigeon has the perfect project to do so. Put your best face forward project was led by two teachers who looked for a unique way for their students to observe Black History Month. 

You can find more resources and contribute your own in our Resource Hub.

We also have Valentine’s Day to celebrate! But, make this Valentine's Day more than just exchanging cards and candy. Use WeVideo to let your students show off their creativity and turn the day upside down. Here are three ways to make Valentine’s Day more exciting

February may be a short month, but it’ll be a busy one for the WeVideo for Education team. We’ll be at several events this month and would love to see you there. Find an event near you here.

Until next time, we’ll leave you with this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”