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Managing Emotions

Some counselors at schools are utilizing Disney's "INSIDE OUT" to teach about emotions and life challenges.

Themes such as personal growth, loss, sacrifice, coping strategies, attitudes, and more allow counselors, teachers, and even principals to connect with students in a way that’s interesting. An ongoing conversation can be shared around the themes in the movie.


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One school principal focuses on one topic a week from "Inside Out" during COMMUNITY MEETING, which is at the start of the day when all the students are in the cafeteria waiting to be dismissed to their classes. Here are some suggested topics:


*Supporting others to achieve our own goals

*Keeping a positive attitude

*Plans don't always work out

*Problem solving

*Coping Strategies

*Communication Skills

*Feeling a variety of feelings at once

*Value of ALL feelings

*Loss and Sacrifice

*Personal Growth


ANGER - Take a deep breath in and exhale. Sometimes we react without even thinking out of anger. We can't see the rainbow in the cloud or the light at the end of the tunnel. It's even worse when we have been working on something we feel is important only to have it ruined or we get distracted.


What happens when her tower of cards falls apart? Would you react the same way?

DISGUST - Do you agree with the "5 second rule" if something touches the ground that might be eaten? How does disgust act?





FEAR - what does the little girl see dangling in front of her face while she's trying to focus on school work? How do we let fear control us?



JOY - We all want to feel joy. How can we bring about joy in other's lives? How can we ourselves have more joy?





SADNESS - just like in this video clip we sometimes get caught up in our own sadness to notice that others may need help.




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Create your own questions and follow up discussions after viewing these short video clips. Perhaps it will lead to some great revelations and lead into more discussions about other topics like bullying and having more self-control.


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Jaila Smith
Jaila Smith
Dec 02, 2018

I have always believed that the movie inside out was a perfect example to present to kids the emotions they may feel and the feelings they may have is absolutely normal and is can be also a good way for parents to understand their children's feelings during epic changes.

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Aeris Carlton
Aeris Carlton
Nov 30, 2018

This movie allows children to understand their feelings and how to manage them. Some questions you could ask your students about the movie would be.. What are our different emotions? What is the purpose of each emotion? How do we expresss emotions we are feeling? How can we recognize how someone else is feeling? There are so many activities and worksheets/things you can do that all relate!

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Jordyn Randall
Jordyn Randall
Nov 30, 2018

I think this is a great way to show children about their emotions. Having visuals to give the kids just helps them more to understand what the emotions really are. This also explains why they feel this way. With the emotions it makes them to stop and think about what is going on and then they realize what they say or feel can effect others or themselves.

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i think inside out can be very effective way to tech the kids about their emotions,. i also think its a cute movie.

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I like the idea of using Inside Out as a way to teach kids emotions. It can help them to have some visuals of what the emotions will look like. My mom has used this with her students and it seems to work very well.

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