What Should We Talk About?

My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.


It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,


“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”


I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.

How to Be Happy (Or at Least Feel Better) Listen to These Lyrics! -- Coldplay's "Every Tear

One line can turn a song into a lesson. In this case it's Maybe I'm in the gap between the two trapeze "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." (1:28) Since all of Coldplay's band members are given credit for writing credit MetaLyrics will someone please ask Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin, Peter Allen or Adrienne Anderson which one of them came up with the trapeze thing? It's so good! It's a feeling that will apply multiple times in a well-lived life. All those times when it's bye bye to the comfortable security of the present, but not yet hello to the mysterious opportunity of the future. We're not where we were, but we're not where we're going, either. I shared Every Tea

How to Be Happy (Or at Least Feel Better) Listen to These Lyrics! -- Hanson's "MMMBop"

Click here on Hanson's "MMMBop" (Credit to Theladyluck1990) Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson were just teenagers when they wrote these surprisingly sophisticated lyrics: You have so many relationships in this life Only one or two will last You go through all the pain and strife Then you turn your back and they're gone so fast So hold on to the ones who really care In the end, they'll be the only ones there When you get old and start losing your hair Can you tell me who will still care? Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose You can plant any one of those Keep planting to find out which one grows It's a secret no one knows Surprising not just because they were so young to be writing