Children Full of Life

“In the award-winning documentary Children Full of Life, a fourth-grade class in a primary school in Kanazawa, northwest of Tokyo, learn lessons about compassion from their homeroom teacher, Toshiro Kanamori. He instructs each to write their true inner feelings in a letter, and read it aloud in front of the class. By sharing their lives, the children begin to realize the importance of caring for their classmates.”



  1. Reblogged this on thinkadoptlove and commented:
    “There’s an expression I love; ‘Let people live in your heart.’ … They tell the stories, and everyone shares their feelings. When people really listen…they live in your heart forever.'” ~Toshiro Kanamori


  2. What an inspiring testimony of a teacher who can impact the hearts and lives of children and encourage the potential in each of them. And his method is by having them read, write, and speak from their experiences! Education is meaningful when it is on a personal level! I always believed this as a Montessori administrator and teacher. Thanks, Katherine!


      1. It’s Liz,here. I read about the Japanese teacher on Katherine’s blog. When I was in teacher’s college I read a little paperback about another Japanese teacher who took his classroom and young students outdoors and nature was their inspiration to learn all there was to learn. What fun they had and how happy they were to learn about the world! My philosophy was to facilitate learning; students made their own choices of projects, worked at the level they were at and at their own pace, doing as much as they were motivated to do as they strived to do their best work. They were noisy with much activity sometimes and spent minimum time pushing pencils at a desk and being told what to do and how to do it, as in most classrooms today. I have very little positive words about public education which has not changed in the last 30+ years.


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