Silliness - Martian Mission

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Forbes, Lisa K

Jul 13, 2022, 12:44:17 PMJul 13

Hi Playful Professors!


I am preparing to teach a class this weekend (Counseling Children, Adolescents, and their Parents) and I just created something super silly for a class discussion that I thought I would share with you all. [and I can’t figure out why I haven’t had time to analyze the data from my most recent study] 😊


In this class, we talk about counseling children and adolescents but a big part of that is knowing how to also work with the parents since the client is a minor and is so entrenched in a system. One quick warm up discussion I have my students engage in is thinking about why have many parents lost empathy for kids. We have all been kids before but somehow as we age, sometimes we forget what it’s like to be a child and sometimes the lack of empathy can turn into misunderstandings or poor treatment. In this discussion, I have them generate a 2-5 sentence theory for why they think adults sometimes lose empathy for kids.


To make this warm up discussion more playful, I turned it into a Martian mission and created this super silly video to show them before they get in small groups to discuss.


After they watch my silly Martian mission video, I show them this funny-because-its-true YouTube video about: If Moms Talked to Each Other Like They Talked to Their Kids video. Then students discuss and come up with a 2-5 sentence theory for why parents sometimes lose empathy for their kids. The soundness of their theory generation isn’t all that important, it’s mostly a fun warm up to start thinking about parents and their role in the lives of their children from a counselors perspective.


Thought I’d share in case you are also into weird things like aliens and stuff – maybe you can shape an idea for your class out of this!


Have a playful day!


Lisa K. Forbes, PhD, LPC

Assistant Clinical Professor

Counseling Program

University of Colorado Denver

Office: LSC 1115




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Forbes, Lisa K

Jul 14, 2022, 7:06:41 PMJul 14

Hi all!


Several people have asked me how I made the silly Martian video – I guess that’s something I should have included in my initial video! So I have made a little guide showing how I made it. See the attached document. I am NOT an expert on this stuff but this is just one way to make a video and the way that I found the easiest. I hope you are able to make a super silly and fun video for your students!

Making a Super Fun Sillly Video.pdf

Cheri Macleod

Jul 14, 2022, 7:22:22 PMJul 14
to Forbes, Lisa K,

Thanks!  That’s great!


Cheri MacLeod, PhD

Instructional Development Consultant

Learning and Teaching Centre


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