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Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself and to other people.

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives. What is perspective? What does it have to do with teaching, leadership, and learning? The Oxford English Dictionary defines perspective as: "A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view. " Blending this definition into our instruction, classroom cultures, and relationships, perspective drives all we are and do in our classrooms.

Perspectives are bundles of beliefs, a mindset that we each embrace determining how we see one another, our experiences, and possibilities or lack thereof. As teachers, our perspectives directly impact student emotions and their learning, because emotions are contagious. How I feel, understand, or interpret any situation always determines the "perceived" outcome of an event, or the collective disposition experienced and acted upon with a group of students or colleagues. What can we do to shift perspective in our schools and classrooms? 1. Write down two or three of the greatest teachers in your classroom or building. 2. 3. Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Perspective.

In this nine-part series, we will look at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary school age children. These are very useful in helping students learn, manage emotions better and increase empathy. Each blog features one letter of the acronym HAPPINESS: H = Happiness A = Appreciation P = Passions and Strengths P = Perspective I = Inner Meanie/Inner Friend N = Ninja Mastery E = Empathy S = So Similar S = Share Your Gifts In this post, we’ll explore perspective. How we frame the circumstances in our life has a great deal to do with the happiness we derive from them. Perspective is defined as our individual way of looking at things, events and people. What makes perspective so important is that students can learn they have a choice as to what perspective they will adopt in any given situation. There are four levels that impact perspective, and each one builds upon the other. Let's look at these levels one by one: 1.

Dr. 2. 3. 4. How stories can transform a classroom. When students conduct StoryCorps interviews, teachers say it can “reorganize the ions of a class.” Photo: David Andrako, courtesy of StoryCorps Caitlyn, a quiet seventh grader, was bullied by the other kids in her class at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California. She wore the same cowboy boots every day. “The other kids were awful about it,” said English teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki, remembering this student who has stayed lodged in her memory for 10 years now. The law of the jungle, however, can change. When Caitlyn was in her class a decade ago, Mieliwocki introduced StoryCorps to her students. Caitlyn had interviewed her mom. “None of us knew any of this about her,” said Mieliwocki. The teasing stopped. “Telling our stories brought all of our lived realities into the classroom,” said Mieliwocki. StoryCorpsU launched in 2009 to echo that emotional transformation.

Celeste Davis-Carr has asked her English classes to participate in StoryCorpsU since 2012. Multicultural Books. Dinosaur Train (Age 3+) Crouching Tiger (Age 6+) The Tequila Worm (Age 9+) Boxers & Saints (Age 12+) March: Book One (Age 12+) The Book Thief (Age 13+) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Age 14+) World of Jenks (Age 14+) TV and Movies That Promote Empathy. Get our best picks for movies, apps, TV shows, books, and more, customized for your kids. Get the App Get the App No thanks close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set! Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation "Best of" Lists "Best of" lists Get age-appropriate ideas and inspiration for every interest: Poll Did this specific Top Picks list help you decide to do any of the following?

Let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 41% (744 votes) NOT let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 13% (240 votes) Buy, rent, or download a particular media title 24% (424 votes) Did not impact my decision 22% (391 votes) Total votes: 1799 About our rating system ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more Learning ratings Share this List TV and Movies That Promote Empathy Dumbo. Movies That Inspire Kids to Change the World. Promises. A beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children. Emmy award-winning and Academy award-nominated, PROMISES follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors. The children of PROMISES offer refreshing, personal and sometimes humorous insight into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Quotes "EXTRAORDINARY! " "Stunning and Powerful! "Deeply touching...a movie that changes you. " "A project of love and devotion...a large masterpiece. " - The Jerusalem Post "SUPERB! " "Gripping! " For STUDENTS For TEACHERS DVD Special Features - Updates of the children filmed in August 2004. American Promise. The American Promise journey began in 1999, when filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson enrolled their son Idris in the Dalton School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after the private institution boldly strengthened its commitment to cultivating a diverse student body.

Michèle and Joe decided to turn the camera on themselves to film the experiences of 5-year-old Idris and his best friend and classmate Seun. The documentary captures the stories of Idris, Seun, and their families from the first day of kindergarten all the way to their 2012 high school graduation. Over the 12 years, we see the boys and their families struggle with stereotypes and identity, navigate learning differences that later become diagnoses, and ultimately take increasingly divergent paths on their road to graduation. Quotes "...DAZZLING...an engrossing portrait of modern parenting. " - Washington Post Educational Edition Includes - 2 DVD Box Set - Feature Film (135 minutes) - 80 minute version. Inequality For All. A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, INEQUALITY FOR ALL features Robert Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member - as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy.

The film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us. "If you're looking for a streamlined explanation for the mess the U.S economy's in, and how we might get out, it's as good a place to start as any. " - The Wrap More about Robert Reich. Poverty, Inc. The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.

From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem? Quotes “A powerful and uncompromising film that strikes at the core of the traditional understanding of development and international assistance.” — Andres Jimenez, Waging Non-Violence [Costa Rica] "You made me so proud to be an African woman. Thank you for the brutal but necessary and empowering truth. " — Dany Masado, Health Professional [Cameroon] Watch this video testimonial from Kenyan professor of nonprofit management at Regis University, M.D. Discussion Guide. A Bug's Life (Age 5+)

E.T. (Age 7+) Paper Clips (Age 8+) This documentary isn't a slick, celebrity-narrated account of the Whitwell students' simple but life-changing Holocaust studies project. In fact, the biggest celebrity is Happy Days dad Tom Bosley, who, as a Jewish grandfather, sent in one paper clip to the class. Instead, the documentary earnestly focuses on the principal Linda Hooper, assistant principal David Smith, and language-arts teacher Sandra Roberts, and the students and journalists who helped spread the word that a group of white Southern kids were doing their best to honor the six million Jewish people killed by Hitler's racist regime. Throughout the collection process, the students, who didn't even know any Jews personally when they began the project, become attuned to the stories behind the paper clips and understand that unchecked intolerance and prejudice can lead to genocide.

In the Shadow of the Moon (Age 9+) Bully (Age 13+) Glee (Age 13+) If You Really Knew Me (Age 13+) Lost Boys of Sudan (Age 13+) This American Life (Age 14+) World of Jenks (Age 14+) Waste Land (Age 14+) The Matrix (Age 14+) Sites That Help Kids Appreciate Differences. Close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set! Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation "Best of" Lists "Best of" lists Get age-appropriate ideas and inspiration for every interest: Poll Did this specific Top Picks list help you decide to do any of the following? Let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 41% (800 votes) NOT let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 14% (274 votes) Buy, rent, or download a particular media title 24% (472 votes) Did not impact my decision 22% (426 votes) Total votes: 1972 Learning ratings Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more Share this List FavoriteSign In or Sign Up to add favorites Sites That Help Kids Appreciate Differences. Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (Age 4+) BrainPOP Jr. (Age 5+) Oh Noah! (Age 6+) PBS KIDS GO! (Age 6+) Google Earth (Age 8+) National Geographic Kids (Age 8+) Google Art Project (Age 12+) Your Commonwealth (Age 12+) Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey (Age 12+) Youth Radio (Age 15+) DoSomething.org (Age 16+) Global Scribes. Happend.org. Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (Age 4+) Cool School (Age 5+) The Daring Game for Girls (Age 8+) Mission US: Flight to Freedom (Age 10+) Stop Disasters! (Age 12+) Half the Sky Movement (Age 14+) Gone Home (Age 15+) Empathy Apps, Games, and Websites. Get our best picks for movies, apps, TV shows, books, and more, customized for your kids.

Get the App Get the App No thanks close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set! Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation "Best of" Lists "Best of" lists Get age-appropriate ideas and inspiration for every interest: Poll Did this specific Top Picks list help you decide to do any of the following? Let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 41% (744 votes) NOT let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 13% (240 votes) Buy, rent, or download a particular media title 24% (424 votes) Did not impact my decision 22% (391 votes) Total votes: 1799 About our rating system ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more Learning ratings Share this List Empathy Apps, Games, and Websites csm_app. Global Awareness Apps, Games, and Websites. Get our best picks for movies, apps, TV shows, books, and more, customized for your kids. Get the App Get the App No thanks close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set! Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation "Best of" Lists "Best of" lists Get age-appropriate ideas and inspiration for every interest: Poll Did this specific Top Picks list help you decide to do any of the following? Let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 41% (745 votes) NOT let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 13% (240 votes) Buy, rent, or download a particular media title 24% (424 votes) Did not impact my decision 22% (391 votes) Total votes: 1800 About our rating system ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more Learning ratings Share this List Barefoot World Atlas csm_app News-O-Matic. Cultural Appreciation Apps, Games, and Websites. No thanks close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set! Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation "Best of" Lists "Best of" lists Get age-appropriate ideas and inspiration for every interest: Poll Did this specific Top Picks list help you decide to do any of the following? Let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 41% (800 votes) NOT let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 14% (275 votes) Buy, rent, or download a particular media title 24% (472 votes) Did not impact my decision 22% (427 votes) Total votes: 1974 Learning ratings Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more Share this List FavoriteSign In or Sign Up to add favorites Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year's Celebration. Star Walk (Age 8+) Google Maps (10+) Google Maps is an excellent tool for active people who like to get around. Navigation provides well-highlighted alternate routes, optional text-list display with voice guidance, street level views with rotation, a peg man to drag around, and easy zoom controls. Users can ask for directions for driving, walking, biking, or riding the bus. Map layers include traffic, transit lines, bicycling routes, Wikipedia articles, attractions, restaurants, and satellite view (toggle for map view).

Terrain layer shows contour. The app also provides some icing with latitude and check-in features, screenshots for offline viewing, and extensive web-based help. While we don't recommend that minors broadcast their location, Latitude and check-in allow you to publish your presence at nearby locations even intersections with traveling direction, westbound, for example. (It feels a bit strange at first, like, uh, Can I check out? Leonardo DaVinci (Age 12+) The Code of Understanding (Age 18+) Quotes (Age 18+)