A field trip to the movies can actually be one of the most effective ways to spend your time. If that sounds counter-intuitive or maybe just flat-out wrong, then you may be surprised by what you hear in this episode of the Punk Rock Preschool podcast.
If you want to connect with your students on a more personal level, a field trip to Beauty and the Beast may be the perfect way to do so. Kids love it when you share stories about your childhood! For one, they get a real kick imagining you as a kid — who knows what image they are creating in their minds! And after the initial shock of learning that you were once their age and that life was a little different back then, students will then want to know more to help complete this picture they are putting together in their brains.
So give them the pieces! Help them relate and share the ways your childhood is the same as theirs! This is where Beauty and the Beast (and other childhood classics) come into play. Kids love stories of when you were a kid, especially if you loved the same stuff they do! Tell them how you watched the same movies as a kid and played the same games. Show off your Pokemon cards if you still have them laying around. It isn’t hard to see how this strengthens the bonds between you and your students.
By sharing your matching childhood interests, you help four and five year olds build perspective. They can now more easily put themselves in your shoes and you can more easily put yourself in theirs! With such a great exercise in empathy, it’s no wonder friendships will soon follow!
Beauty and the Beast is a perfect example of a movie I loved as a kid and now a movie that a new generation of children are going to fall in love with as well. The original movie came out in 1991; so growing up we had this movie and all the other Disney classics on VHS. But if Beauty and the Beast wasn’t your movie; it doesn’t have to be Beauty and the Beast. Luckily, Hollywood loves a remake and honestly, so do I but only because they help me relate to my students. Pick any children’s movie that you have a fond memory of — Power Rangers, Jungle Book, Cinderella – those are just a few remakes in the past two years! Once you find the movie that you loved as a kid, share it with your students!
Just like you may recommend a song or TV show to a friend, do the same by sharing a favorite movie with your class. A lot of teachers like to address the class as “friends,” so this shouldn’t be a big jump to treat them as actual friends! Share your opinions! Give them your hot takes! And most importantly, relive these memories again but this time, alongside your students!
This gives you a common language, a common experience, and hopefully, a common love! Because you are sharing a memory from your childhood, it makes it all that much more magical for your students. It forms a connection that will blossom into a friendship.
So what does a friendship with your students really look like? How can you talk to four and five year olds the same way you talk to your peers? How does a field trip to the movies make all this possible? Listen here and learn more.
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Show Notes (w/times):
- 1:16 – Introduction
- 5:05 – Mindset Shift
- 5:48 – Strategies
- 15:37 – Actionable Next Steps
- 16:56 – Major Takeaways
Thanks so much for joining us this week! Did you think of some important skills I missed? Would you mind sharing in the comments so all the great teachers can use it too!? Thank you!
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