Overcoming Obstacles

When faced with a bump in the road, sometimes we forget we have a choice: overcome the obstacle or let it overcome you. Steven Claunch, who was born without fingers on his right hand and with one leg shorter than the other and has excelled in basketball nonetheless, explains why obstacles can provide an opportunity to both inspire others and develop character. 

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This is Steven Claunch, the teenager giving the talk:

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Ways to Deal with Stress

How stress affects your brain

How to Deal with Stress

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Exercise – Be active

Physical activity is an incredible way of reducing and preventing the effects of stress, but you don’t have to be an athlete or spend hours in a gym to experience the benefits. Just about any kind of physical activity can help reduce stress and get rid of anger, tension, and frustration. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good, and it can also be used as a great distraction to your daily worries. In addition to reducing stress, physical activity also helps you stay in shape and is great for your health.

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Kindness Boomerang – “One Day”

Words

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ride

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fall

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help

get up

pushing along

cross

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give

re-gift

pick up

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move

moving

buy

bring

leave 

cry

images

boy

skateboard

man

woman

the street

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money

wallet

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suitcase

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car

Coupe

food

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phone

girl

flowers

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a big tip

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waitress

waitress

water 

worker

Industrial worker in a factory

that

and

to

with

from

Sentences

I ______ my bike to the park.

The boy ______ his dog food every day.

My baby sister ______ when she’s hungry.

I ______ garbage from the floor.

My mother ______ me clean my bedroom.

I ______ an un umbrella when it’s raining outside.

I ______ quickly when I fall .

My sister is a ______ at Roladin Caffe.

Taking The Plunge

WORDS

plunge

take the plunge

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propose

bridal-proposal

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Love Recipe

Love Recipe – Pixar Short Film

A couple is having a wedding anniversary date in their own apartment. He is at the kitchen, concentrated, cooking a heart-shaped chocolate cake, insistently interrupted by their chihuahua dog, which wants him to play fetch with her. Meanwhile, his curvy wife is getting ready: bathing, dressing in her sexiest clothes, and applying make up. Their movements and actions are, without them knowing, synchronized and mimicked by the other, and they lead to the bedroom. What about the dog?!

Geri’s Game

Plot

The film is set in an empty park during autumn. The title character, Geri , is an elderly man who plays a game of chess against himself, “becoming” each of the players in turn by moving to the other side of the chessboard, where he changes his personality and either puts on or takes off his glasses to show this change. As the game progresses, it seems as though there are two people playing; at one point, the hands of both “opponents” are in frame. Black Geri (without the glasses) soon gains the upper hand over White Geri (with them), capturing every piece except his king and putting him in check. However, White Geri outsmarts Black Geri by faking a heart attack to distract him and spinning the board around. While Black Geri is still distracted, White Geri checkmates what is now his opponent’s king. Finding that now he is the one with only his king left and discovering what has happened, Black Geri resigns the game and hands over a set of dentures as the prize. White Geri puts them in, then chuckles and grins in his victory, before the camera pulls back to reveal that he is alone at the chessboard.

WORDS

empty

character

elderly

against himself

each of the players

chessboard

changes

personality

puts on

takes off

glasses

seems as though

gains the upper hand over

capture

piece

except

outsmart

fake

heart attack

distract

spinning

opponent

happened

hand over

victory

reveal

Iron Man 3 Trailer

I’ve got a lot of apologies to make.

Nothing’s been the same since New York.

Experienced things than they’re over.

I can’t sleep and when I do I have nightmares.

Honestly, there’s a hundred people who want to kill me.

I hope I can protect the one thing I can’t live without.

Ladies. Children. Sheep.

Some people call me a terrorist.

I consider myself a teacher.

Lesson number one: heroes there is no such thing.