Jamie Martin, Assistive Technology Consultant for Students and Adults with Dyslexia
Every time I see a Pixar film, I learn something about the human condition (or at least am reminded of how we deal with life's challenges, often subconsciously). So it shouldn't have come as a surprise that my family's trip to the movie theater on Father's Day provided all of us with an educational opportunity that kept us talking for a good 2-3 hours afterward. Simply put, I was unexpectedly blown away by Pixar's latest masterpiece, Inside Out.
Inside Out is quite possibly the best Psychology 101 class of all time, one that everybody, from elementary to college age, can easily understand. It brilliantly depicts the necessity of having all of our emotions and trying to balance them in order to lead happy and productive lives. But it goes deeper than that and explores how the human brain functions and develops.
When the credits started rolling, my wife and I both exclaimed, almost simultaneously, that the film is pure genius and quite possibly the best that Pixar has ever produced. Our son, who is 9 years old, was inspired to draw a diagram of the brain when we got back to our house. It had all kinds of arrows showing how memories are created and how the different emotions take over in different situations.
As an educator, I am always on the lookout for "teachable moments," so it was a pleasant surprise to be on the receiving end of an educational experience that showed up unexpectedly.