Tag Archives: learning environments

Forest Gump

Title: Forest Gump

Date: 1994

Media type: Film

Format: Complete

Category: Internal Dynamics of Families, Interpersonal Relationships, Family Resource Management, Family Life Education Methodology

Keywords: family relationship, family functioning, response to crises, conflict management, decision-making, teaching methods, learning environments

Rating: PG-13

Audience(s): High School Age, College Age, Adults

Language: English

Film/Episode Summary: Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His ‘mama’ teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, create the smiley, write bumper stickers and songs, donating to people and meeting the president several times. However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran. Who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone.

Places to view: Youtube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, Itunes

Contributor: Anonymous

HBO Documentaries

Title: HBO Documentaries

Date: 2010

Media type: Documentary

Format: Complete

TV Season-Episode: Homeless_Kids

Category: Families in Society, Family Life Education Methodology

Keywords: family demographics, learning environments, content development

Rating: NR

Audience(s): High School Age, College Age, Adults

Language: English

Film/Episode Summary: This documentary follows the daily lives of many homeless children and how they survive the struggles of poverty. Though the documentarian is aggressive in her questioning style and creates drama by being there in the first place and intrusive, the insights of the children and the resiliency of their families is impressive. Though at times it is painfull to watch it focuses on a serious issue that exists in our society.

Comments or Recommendations for Teaching: Why do you think poverty becomes a trapping experience? What resilience do you see in the families and children interviewed? What do you think the lack of hope expressed by many of the children do to their development? What systems need to be in place or strengthened to help families in this situation rise out of the poverty they are in instead of just sustaining them at the poverty level?

Contributor: Ian Brunzell-Looney

Sesame Street

Title: Sesame Street

Date: 2013

Media type: TV Show

Format: Episode

TV Season-Episode: Incarceration

Category: Family Life Education Methodology, Families in Society

Keywords: learning environments, evaluation measures, family demographics

Rating: G

Audience(s): Children Under 12, High School Age, College Age, Adults, Families

Language: English

Film/Episode Summary: In this web series the Sesame Street crew address the often avoided topic of parental incarceration. The characters talk to a few kids who are experiencing the incarceration of a parent. It provides good strategies to parents, teachers, and child care workers to address incarceration in a positive way.

Places to view: HBO Go, pbs.com/sesame/watch-full-episodes/

Contributor: Ian Brunzell-Looney