October 19, 2013

Caring - Moving from thought to action

At Mission Bay High School this fall we are focusing on one of the IB Learner Profile attributes, Caring - "We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and the world around us."

Today, my brother shared with me this video of 30 dolphins that came aground on a Brazilian beach in 2012. Watch it carefully as the action unfolds on the beach as people start to gather as the dolphins come ashore. First, we see the group move from a passive state, to let's do something. For me, the real and very quiet hero first appears in the right frame at one minute and thirty-three seconds. He is our hero because at one minute and forty-five seconds he helps a man grab the tail fin of one dolphin and together they begin to pull it back into deeper water. Immediately, the rest of the caring helpers follow his problem-solving strategy and they all save the dolphins in a short time.

You may want to show this video to a group of students or anyone without saying much of a set up (like I have done here) and see if they pickup on the subtle man's actions that makes the whole group heroes on a beautiful beach on a beautiful day.