What makes us happy?

Words That Inspire: It Couldn’t Be Done
by Jing Fong
There are few things that motivate young people more than to be told that something can’t be done. High school student Ashe Jaafaru reads "It Couldn't Be Done", a poem by Edgar Albert Guest.
Want Successful Students? Meet the Parents
by Girlie Forman
Girlie Forman shares her personal experience, her sense of humor, and food to connect with her high school students—and their families.
YES! Recommends: Tell Me Your Stories
by Jing Fong
Tell Me Your Stories connects young and older people through oral history interviews. Curriculum, interview templates, and other tools guide students through the interview process.
Getting Boys to Read, Story of Food
by Jing Fong
Two resources that explore how to get boys to be lifelong readers and where our food comes from.
Bring on the Learning Revolution!
In a sequel to his talk on how schools kill creativity, Sir Ken Robinson urges society to create schools where kids’ natural talents are recognized and nurtured.
Words that Inspire: Stories that Light Up the Dark
by Sanjay Khanna
The Experiences of Our Ancestors Offer Us Wisdom for Surviving Today's Crises. By: Sanjay Khanna
What Teachers Make
Former teacher and poetry slam artist Taylor Mali speaks his mind (and makes no apologies) in response to this double-edged question.
Youth Portraits of Eco Heroes
A group of East Bay middle and high school students from Berkeley's Young Artists Workspace (YAWS) chose environmental heroes and each created their own unique artistic portraits.
¡Hola! The Future Is Now
by Michelle Contreras
First grade teacher Michelle Contreras uses two-way Spanish immersion and touch therapy to connect with her students.
Visual Learning: Happiness Is Where You Find It
by Jing Fong
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about happiness.
Why Race Has Everything To Do With Who and How I Teach
by Walter Davis
At Rising S.T.A.R.S. Male Academy in urban Atlanta, Walter Davis uses "real talk" and literature to teach middle school boys of color how to be excellent students and emerge as successful young men.
YES! Recommends: No Impact Project
by Jing Fong
No Impact Man, Colin Beavan, and his family have inspired a nation to swap their old consumer habits for new environmentally-friendly ones. The recently launched No Impact Curriculum brings the lessons learned from this year-long journey to your classroom.
Discovering the Beauty of Teenagers
by John Hasyn
We tend to be afraid of those who are different from us. For John Hasyn, it was teenagers. Despite his feelings of intimidation, the Canadian-based photographer chose to work full-on with Inuit youth in Nunavut. What he discovered changed his perspective forever.
Service-Learning and Life Philosophies
by Jing Fong
Here are two dynamic organizations that offer your students opportunities and engaging resources to express and act on what they believe. Encourage your students to take on a service-learning project or submit a personal essay to "This I Believe."
Visual Learning: Walking Slowly
by Alyssa Austin
Use this photo to ask your students what they notice and are wondering. Then share the facts behind the image to connect to greater understanding and discovery.