4 Lessons from Inside Out that Teachers Try to Teach Everyday

Reblogged from the Lumen Touch Blog. Everyone, especially every educator, should go see Inside Out, the latest movie from Disney/Pixar. It is one of the most important modern films for children.

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Warning: Spoilers for the movie Inside Out ahead.

With a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is clear that Inside Out has been almost universally lauded by critics. However, there is another group that loves this movie: teachers. I went to see Inside Out with a group of teacher friends, and afterwards, all we could talk about was how important it is in the children’s movie landscape. It is one of the few movies that truly deals with emotions and empathy in a smart and engaging way. It centers on a young girl as she is slowly shepherded into the next stage of emotional maturity. Something that teachers do every day with their students. Here’s why it is important watch and discuss Inside Out with children:

1. There is no villain.

Riley, whose consciousness is the main setting of this film…

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The Ins and Outs of Teaching English Abroad

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Teaching English abroad is an amazing opportunity for educators to learn critical skills in culturally responsive teaching and we at ShiftED know many teachers in US classrooms who bring back a world of knowledge from their time teaching abroad.

There will be a feature on one such teacher later, but for those considering teaching abroad Amy over at teachertravelermoneysaver gives a great run down of the pros and cons of teaching abroad as a

1. Volunteer

2. Intern

3. and ELL Teacher.

However, regardless of path, teaching abroad is always recommended. It opens up the classroom to today’s global landscape. Read more for the full details. And if your passport is not yet ready to be stamped, try applying for the Lumen8 program instead, where you can broaden classroom horizons on a local level.

Have you taught abroad? What did you think? Let us know in comments or at avoleti@lumentouch.com

Growth Mindsets in Early Childhood

Deborah Farmer Kris, a lifelong educator, has written a great primer to getting young children to develop a growth mindset over at the KQED blog. She offers (and elaborates) on three simple tips for adults:

  1. Replace generic praise with process praise.
  2. Harness the power of yet.
  3. Tell stories of resilience.Bike

Read more to find the fleshed out details and start changing your interactions with kids today!

How do you encourage the little ones to keep trying after they fail? We would love to hear from you at avoleti@lumentouch.com.

Public Education: Finland v. India

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The U.S. is not the only country grappling with questions on how to shift its public education system. Teach for India alum Prachur Goel is asking some tough questions from Mumbai, where he taught in a local slum.

While many might think that comparing a large, over-populated developing nation to the most sparsely populated member of the E.U. would not yield many useful results, Prachur makes some deep, system-based statements that should be considered everywhere there is public education, regardless of the circumstances.

  • An education system is not defined purely by what happens inside the classroom.
  • The highest performing education systems are those that provide excellence with equity, not choice.
  • Children must play.

Read on to learn about what Finland can teach us, with an Indian comparison.

What do you think about equity and choice? Do you have any experience with education abroad? We would love to know! Tell us what you think in comments, or at avoleti@lumentouch.com

What will be the legacy of the class of 2015?

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In a great Op-Ed for the Oakland Tribune, Scott Morgan, Founder and CEO of Education Pioneers, explains why education can be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding path for young graduates.

  1. Teaching experience can be powerful and life-changing.
  2. After teachers, skilled leaders and managers have the highest impact on a student’s learning.
  3. Leaders in education take on complex and challenging problems, as they would in any other field. But in education, the stakes are higher and the rewards oftentimes more meaningful.

Impact, legacy and the greater good are all important aspects of a career, and energetic young grads will find all of those in education! Read on to find more benefits at the Education Pioneers blog.

Know a young person in education or want to meet some? Connect with us! At avoleti@lumentouch.com.