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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?

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

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.

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Perspective

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. How stories can transform a classroom. When students conduct StoryCorps interviews, teachers say it can “reorganize the ions of a class.”

How stories can transform a classroom

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.

“Even the best kids can be horrible sometimes. Multicultural Books. Close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set!

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Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation. Promises. A beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children.

Promises

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. With remarkable balance and a compelling blend of pathos and humor, this Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award winning film moves the conflict out of politics and into the realm of the human.

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.

American Promise

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. 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.

Inequality For All

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.

Poverty, Inc.

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. "This documentary will be required viewing for our entire team. " — Philip Sansone, Executive Director of the Whole Planet Foundation [USA] Watch this video testimonial from Kenyan professor of nonprofit management at Regis University, M.D.

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+)

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