You should totally see the movie. There are too many details to go into, but the gist of my story is that Auntie Mame is care taker of a young boy and she sends him to a Montessori style school. I saw this movie when I was around 11. It impacted my life at that point. I grew up in a house of wonder and confusion. My parents - full of talent were kind of hoarders of all things creativity. My mom is a master seamstress, cook, potter, quilter, basket weaver, as well as crochet and knitting. My dad had a plan to make sure we all ate well ( money was kind of scarce) so we had a garden, fruit bushes and trees, goats, rabbits, chickens and bees (for honey). We unloaded hay and feed, shoveled manure, weeded, harvested, plucked chickens, fed kids and milked the goats, In the spring the kids would spend the night in our bedrooms if it was cold. If we were hungry we would just climb a tree and eat till we were full. Or climb out the window of the second floor onto the roof and read comic books. (until the neighbors got us busted) Dad was an electrician so we got tools boxes and tools for presents and of course socks, towels and underwear. I learned wiring codes when I was 8 and what collate meant as we helped him prepare packets for presentations. We learned screen printing, made ceramics, molds and slip. We learned how to make glazes and fire clay. I am sure a lot more crazy. So I lived in a house full of chaos and people dealing with emotional baggage. All in all, I felt loved, had plenty to eat even in the worst of times, was surrounded and encouraged to be creative and felt like I could do anything.
SO how does this affect my teaching? I feel like grades are relative. Everyone is brilliant in their own way. so I try to be cautious how I use that tool to measure the humans in my care. I collect as much stuff as I can to give my kids opportunities for as many experiences as their hearts and minds can handle. For instance this lesson in SWAY https://sway.office.com/3RAlhi115TMW3DQ0?ref=Link
I taught the kids about a lot of things dealing with hand massage and lotion. Within my content area and beyond. After the lesson, I left all the lotions out for students to use at their leisure to give each other hand massages whenever they like. They LOVE it!. It only takes a few minutes and can settle ones spirit in the midst of anxiety and stress. Once upon a time, this movie helped shaped my world view on learning. It should be fun. It does not have to be so organized. Learners need a guide and someone to give input and feedback. Of course they need to know they are cared for and have a healthy relationship with someone who knows their name, knows they are alive and greets them with a smile. This was really probably more than you asked for but I do like to tell stories