*Orange Questions with an asterisk can be asked on a three board
VAKT MATERIALS: The Man With the Violin kids book found here (optional)
Have you ever NOTICED something, a small detail, person, or event that it seems no one else notices? In 2007, a man named JOSHUA BELL did an EXPERIMENT and went INCOGNITO (with one’s identity DISGUISED or concealed) in a WASHINGTON DC METRO station to see how many people would…notice him.
Spell: NOTICED PEOPLE BEAUTY
What is the name of the person mentioned above? JOSHUA BELL
Bell did an ______ to see how many people would notice him. EXPERIMENT
The experiment took place in a ______ Metro station. WASHINGTON DC
Have you ever noticed something, a _______, that it seems no one else notices? SMALL DETAIL, PERSON, EVENT
Does Incognito mean with one’s identity ____? DISGUISED, CONCEALED*
What is another form of public transportation you’re familiar with? SUBWAY, BUS, TRAIN
What year did Joshua Bell do his experiment? 2007
If you could walk around with your identity disguised, would you? What would you disguise yourself as?
Joshua Bell was born in 1967 in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA. When Joshua was four years old, he made his own INSTRUMENT by stretching rubber bands across the handles on the drawers of his dresser. He PLUCKED (to pull or to pick) out the music he heard his mother play on the piano. Soon after, he got his first VIOLIN and began to play.
Spell: MUSIC FIRST MOTHER
When Joshua was four years old, he made his own ________? INSTRUMENT
What did he stretch across the handles of his dresser? RUBBER BANDS
Where was Joshua Bell born? BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA* What is another way of saying plucked? TO PULL, TO PICK Name one instrument mentioned in the chunk above. PIANO, VIOLIN
Name another instrument you’re familiar with. GUITAR, BANJO, DRUMS
What year was Joshua born? 1967
How long ago was Joshua born? Show your equation. 2022 – 1967 = 55 YEARS AGO
If you could play any instrument, what would it be and why? VAKT: Watch this time-lapse video of Joshua Bell playing in the subway. Joshua Bell and the Washington Post Subway Experiment.flv
If you watched, the video above was a time-lapse of the experiment that Joshua Bell did in the D.C. Metro station. He COLLABORATED (colluded, cooperated) with the WASHINGTON POST on this SOCIAL experiment. They wanted to explore the PERCEPTION (the state of being aware of something) and priorities of people. According to
awesomevideomakers.com, the question at the core of this ENDEAVOR (undertaking, labor) was, “In a commonplace environment at an INAPPROPRIATE hour do we perceive beauty?”
Spell: TIME EXPLORE VIDEO
Who did Joshua collaborate with? THE WASHINGTON POST Joshua collaborated with the Post on a _____ experiment. SOCIAL
What is the definition given above for the word perception? THE STATE OF BEING AWARE OF SOMETHING
What was the question at the core of the endeavor? IN A COMMONPLACE ENVIRONMENT AT AN INAPPROPRIATE HOUR, DO WE PERCEIVE BEAUTY
What is another word for collaborating? COLLUDE, COOPERATE*
They wanted to explore the _____ of people. PERCEPTION, PRIORITIES
What is a synonym for endeavor? UNDERTAKING, LABOR
It was a BRISK January morning when Joshua Bell played his violin in the Metro station. He played six BACH pieces for a total of about 45 minutes. Reports state that during that time, one thousand one hundred people would have passed by as the notes drifted through the air. The person who paid the most attention was a three-year-old boy. Several children paused to listen and then were rushed ahead by their parents. The BUSYNESS of SCHEDULES, time, and deadlines seemed to drown out the beauty of the moment.
Spell: JANUARY MORNING BUSYNESS
What type of January morning was it when Joshua played? BRISK
He played six ____ pieces. BACH
It was estimated that 1,100 people passed by while the ___ drifted through the air. NOTES
Several _____ paused to listen. CHILDREN
The busyness of ____ seemed to drown out the beauty of the moment. SCHEDULES, TIME, DEADLINES
What is Bach’s first and middle name? JOHANN SEBASTIAN What is another composer you’re familiar with? MOZART, BEETHOVEN, CHOPIN
For how long did Joshua play? 45 MINUTES
How many people passed by while Joshua was playing? 1100 How old was the boy who paid the most attention? 3 YEARS OLD
Out of the 1100 people who passed by, what is your guess on how many stopped and spent some time watching Joshua play? Why did you guess that number?
Generally, street musicians will collect donations while they play. How much money do you think Joshua collected in the 45 minutes he played?
Again, according to awesomevideomakers.com, during the time that Joshua played, only six people stopped to watch for any length of time.
About 20 people gave him money as they HURRIEDLY walked by. He ACCUMULATED (gathered, collected) $32 dollars that day. When he finished playing, no one clapped, no one paid attention, and no one seemed to notice at all. Joshua Bell is actually one of the most TALENTED musicians in the world. He played a super hard piece on an INSANELY (wildly, crazily) expensive violin. (His violin was worth 3.5 million dollars). So, why didn’t more people stop?
Spell: AWESOME PLAYED MONEY
Only six people stopped to ____? WATCH
About 20 people gave him money as they ____? HURRIEDLY WALKED BY
Joshua Bell is one of the most ____ musicians in the world. TALENTED
He played on an ____ expensive violin. INSANELY
What’s another word for accumulated? GATHERED, COLLECTED*
When he finished playing, no one ___? CLAPPED, PAID ATTENTION, SEEMED TO NOTICE AT ALL
According to the chunk above, what’s a synonym for insanely? WILDLY, CRAZILY
How many people stopped by to watch for any length of time? 6 PEOPLE
How much money did he collect? 32 DOLLARS
How much was his violin worth? 3.5 MILLION DOLLARS
VAKT: Point to the picture of Joshua above
Why do you think more people didn’t stop to watch?
Why do you think children stop most often?
There’s a PARABLE (story, tale) told in the Bible called the Parable of the Good SAMARITAN. In this parable found in LUKE Chapter 10, verses 25-37, a TRAVELER lay injured by the side of the road. The first two people to see him pass by without helping him. A third person, a Samaritan, finally stops to help the dying man. The story of Joshua Bell reminded me of another experiment I had read about called The Good Samaritan Experiment that was CONDUCTED (managed, carried out) in 1973.
Spell: BIBLE GOOD SAMARITAN
The parable is found in ____ Chapter 10. LUKE
In this parable, a ____ lay injured by the side of the road. TRAVELER,
What is another word for parable? STORY, TALE*
What is a synonym for conducted? MANAGED, CARRIED OUT Where is this parable found? Luke ____? CHAPTER 10 VERSES 25-37
What year was The Good Samaritan conducted? 1973
Name one of the other Gospels in the Bible MATTHEW, MARK, JOHN.
In The Good Samaritan experiment, PSYCHOLOGISTS JOHN DARLEY and C. DANIEL BATSON wanted to see if RELIGION would OVERTLY (in a way that is open, straightforward, or obvious) impact the helpful behavior of one person to another. The students in the experiment were all SEMINARY students. Half of them were given the story of the Good Samaritan and asked to give a SERMON (religious discourse) on that subject in another building. The other half were asked to give a presentation on job opportunities in the building. Some students were then given a certain time they needed to present so that they would be in a hurry, while others were not. On the way to the building, they would pass by a man SLUMPED over and clearly in need of help.
Spell: HURRY STUDENT’s STORY
John Darley and C. Daniel Batson were both ____? PSYCHOLOGISTS
They wanted to see if ___ would impact the helpful behavior of one person to another. RELIGION
The students were all ____ students. SEMINARY
Is a sermon a ____? RELIGIOUS DISCOURSE
What is the name of one of the psychologists mentioned? JOHN DARLEY, C. DANIEL BATSON
Overtly means in a way that is ____? OPEN, STRAIGHTFORWARD, OBVIOUS
On the way to the building, the student would pass by a man who was ____? SLUMPED OVER, CLEARLY IN NEED OF HELP
What do you think the results of the experiment will be? Do you think those giving a sermon are more likely to help the man?
The study results showed that the students presenting a sermon on the parable of the Good Samaritan did NOT stop more often to help the hurt man (an actor) than those presenting on job opportunities. The only factor that seemed to impact the outcome was how much of a hurry everyone was in. 40% of students total offered help to the victim. In low hurry cases, 63% helped, medium hurry was 45%, and in high hurry situations, only 10% helped.
Spell: SERMON HELP OPPORTUNITIES
The only factor that seemed to impact the outcome was ____? HOW MUCH OF A HURRY WAS EVERYONE IN
What percentage of total students helped? 40 PERCENT
What percentage of students in high-hurry situations helped? 10 PERCENT
If the question at the core of Joshua Bell’s experiment was “In a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour do we perceive beauty?” according to the Good Samaritan experiment, it seems the most important VARIABLE is not the commonplace environment, but instead, the ‘inappropriate hour.’ The vast majority of the 1100 people who were in the Metro that day PRESUMABLY (probably, surely) had a schedule and transportation to catch in order to get somewhere by a certain time. They were almost all in a hurry.
Spell: COMMONPLACE IMPORTANT VARIABLE
If we apply the outcomes of the Good Samaritan experiment to Joshua Bell’s experiment, what seems to be the most important variable? THE INAPPROPRIATE HOUR
What is a synonym for presumably? PROBABLY, SURELY
The famous author FYODER DOSTOYEVSKY said, “Beauty will save the world.” Maybe all we need to do is slow down, create space and room in our schedules, and make time to notice that beauty.
Spell: BEAUTY SLOW DOWN
Who said, “Beauty will save the world?” *FYODOR, DOSTOYEVSKY, FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
Maybe all we need to do is _____? SLOW DOWN, CREATE SPACE AND ROOM IN OUR SCHEDULES, MAKE TIME TO NOTICE IT
VAkTIVITY: Listen (watch) to Joshua Bell play Four Seasons – but only if you have enough time 🙂
Joshua Bell (Violin) Plays Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”
OR: Read The Man With the Violin
CREATIVE WRITING: What do you think about the phrase’ beauty will save the world?’ Do you agree or disagree? What do you think stands in the way of people noticing beauty? If you had to make your own statement ____ will save the world (without using beauty), what would it be? Why?