Students will reflect on the main messages of the talk and how they can apply these messages to their lives and create their own message about their philosophy for a happy life.

Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Reflect on the main messages of the talk and how they can apply these messages to their lives
  2. Create their own message about their philosophy for a happy life

Materials

Sam Berns’s TED Talk, paper/journals, writing utensils, art supplies like larger paper or poster board and utensils like markers or colored pencils

Exercises

Time Activity Notes
2 min
Introduction
  • Explain to students that they will be watching a video today about someone’s philosophy of a happy life based on his unique experiences.
  • They will be asked to reflect on some of the points he makes in his talk
  • Following the video, each student will create their own statement about a happy life.
13 min
Show TED Talk
5 min
Reflection
  • Ask students to spend five minutes journaling about what resonated with them from the video.
10 min
Group Discussion
  • Ask students to form groups based on the themes they identified from Sam’s talk. For example, students who responded to Sam’s advice about what you CAN do might form a group.
  • Invite each group to share why and how they chose their message from the talk, and where they think they can connect it to their own lives.
  • Ensure that each group member has time to share.
20 min
What’s Your Message?
  • Have students thank their groups and return to their original places.
  • Give students a few minutes to respond to the following prompt in writing or by sharing with a nearby partner: Sam says that regardless of what they are, we all have obstacles. What’s your message to yourself, and others like you, for living a happy life?
  • Give students time to turn their messages into a visual (or other medium) representation of their message that they can keep for themselves (posted in a locker, as a phone background, etc.) or share widely (as a poster, as a social media message, etc.).
10 min
Share
  • End the session by asking students to share their message and how they plan to use it.

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