Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Words of Wisdom from a Movie Classic

For me, this holiday time is all about the classics. From classic family customs, to classic desserts and dishes, to the classic movies. One of those film classics for me is Home Alone.
 There is the epic debate for some whether it is or is not a Christmas movie, yet that is something that I will not be getting into right now (It most definitely is!)

As I sat down this year and watched one of my favorite holiday classics, I not only laughed like a school girl at the classic scenes, but also noticed the incredible lessons that we can gain from this film which can be implemented in and out of the classroom.

In both Home Alone 1 and Home Alone 2, Kevin makes quick judgements on certain characters. In the first movie it is the "Shovel Man" who legend told killed his entire family with a shovel. He then has that touching moment with the same man in the church on Christmas Eve. He learns that the son of the "Shovel Man" has not spoken to him in quite some time. Kevin then shares advice with him and they create an understanding that helps them later in the movie when Kevin is running from the "Wet Bandits."

Then in the second film, it is the "Pigeon Lady" who was frightening on all accounts in New York City. After a classic Home Alone scream that occurs in their first encounter, Kevin later learns that this woman ran away from a very normal life because she was afraid of getting her heart broken for the second time. Much like in the first film, this character that he once thought was an adversary, was in fact an ally that helps him later on.

In our classrooms we have students that have built up a reputation much like the "Shovel Man" or have had a strong and negative first impression like that of the "Pigeon Lady." In his first interactions with these characters, Kevin believes and acts on the stereotype for his focus is on his own matters. It is not until he sits and has a conversation with them that he discovers the true person within. As teachers, we are truly stretched time wise. There is always something to do and simply not enough time to accomplish it all. Yet, if we take a moment to simply sit with the "Shovel Man" or "Pigeon Lady" in our classroom, it will make all the difference. For just like in the movie, both parties can reap the benefits from a simple understanding.

6 comments:

  1. I'm so tired of stereotypes, Jen. I've learned (in only the past couple of years) that we need to converse. We need to say hello, and ask questions. Thank you for this post as that reminder - take a second - and a third - look. And stop to chat. Here's to 2019, fabulous woman!

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    1. Thanks Joy! This is something I have gathered in the last couple years as well. Conversations are definitely worth the time! I love giving these students a chance to shine! Thank you for all your love and support! I look forward to chance to learn and grow with you in 2019!

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  2. I always love so much the perspective and connections you bring from life to your classroom. More than that I love even more how your words pull us in, connect with us and then challenge and push us to stretch our actions and thinking. Shovel Man and Pigeon Lady are a few of my most favorite students. I always find that there is a deeper, richer connection with them. I also find that they are someone so very beautiful behind the rough that always gives me back way more then I give them. HAPPY HOLIDAYS JEN!!! XOXOXO

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    1. Thank you for all your love and support Carrie! I also find myself making stronger connections with these students. I think this is due to the purposeful connection and conversation that needed for them to thrive (and they deserve every minute!)
      Thanks again! I look forward to chance to learn and grow with you in 2019!

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  3. Your gentle and profound words remind me that one of our BEST investments of time is when we make time to authentically and intently listen to our students. Thanks for the nudge to recalibrate our priorities.

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    1. Thank you for all your love and support Cathy! Your words mean the world! I look forward to chance to learn and grow with you in 2019!

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