Okay, I admit it. I’m a bit of a Frozen II nut. I’m a 38-year-old mom of two, and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack by myself. Without my kids. You know, when I could otherwise be listening to music with bad words in it.
Anyway, maybe it’s because I’ve listened to the soundtrack a million times (and seen the movie twice), but I’m really struck by just how much of Frozen II applies to teaching.
(It probably goes without saying, but the following contains mild spoilers for the movie, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to rectify that situation before reading on.)
Some things never change—like kids’ need for love, routine, and comfort
The first big song of the movie is Anna and Olaf’s duet, “Some Things Never Change.” And of course, the irony is that everything does change soon after they finish singing this song. But Olaf is the youthful spirit of the movie. He needs stability and the reassurance of routine. And so do our students. Especially when things like winter break disrupt the schedule.
Into the unknown charters of reading, math, and writing
What is learning but a giant leap into the unknown? Next time you are starting a new lesson or tackling a big concept, ask students to channel their inner Elsa and her unshakeable bravery when it comes to starting a new adventure.
This will all make sense when I am older (or the great lie of childhood)
Again, Olaf is the youthful spirit of the movie, and his song “When I’m Older” perfectly captures the innocent belief that things like mortgages and taxes will suddenly make sense as soon as you are a legal adult. It’s easier for kids to see Olaf’s blind spots than their own, so I would use this song as an opportunity to talk about how we’re all lifelong learners, teachers included!
“Just do the next right thing”—an anthem we can get behind
Honestly, I’d love to see “just do the next right thing” hanging as advice in every classroom. It’s such a great mantra for teachers and for kids when things get hard. Sometimes, doing the next right thing is as simple as asking a student a question. Sometimes, it’s turning out the lights and doing a read aloud with a flashlight. Sometimes it’s reading one more page or solving one more problem. The trick is tuning into that inner voice that tells us what to do.
We’d love to hear—what lessons from Frozen II do you see for teaching? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.