LORAX – Unless Someone Cares!

I loved THE LORAX MOVIE!   I am very aware of the meaning of the book; however, there is a lot of things one can take from the movie/story.  Let’s start with the basics…the characters (symbolism) in the story.

The Lorax – Spokesman for the environment, “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

Grickle Grass – represents the thistled mess we will be left with if we do not care for what we have been given.

Truffula Trees -represent agriculture. If we keep clearing the rain forest then we will loose animal populations that will have to travel elsewhere to get their needs met, many will become extinct.  I love these COLORFUL trees.

– represents big business that is too busy looking at the profit line to take heed to what damage their business is doing.

The Barbaloots (bear-like creatures) – represent the lifeforms  we are disrupting by polluting their environments and destroying their habitats. The barbaloots may even be ourselves.

The Boy – is entrusted with the last Truffula seed and represents the hope of the future. When you make a commitment, you create hope.  When you keep a commitment, you create truste.

So what did I take from the MOVIE?

  1. UNLESSsomeone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”
    1. Who will be the person that cares?  Will it be you?  Will it be me?  How does one show they care?  ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
    2. Let it Grow, Let it Grow…let the love inside you show… Let It Grow (Song)
  2. TREES
    1. Trees FALL the way they LEAN…Be careful which way YOU LEAN.  This has a powerful meaning as far as leadership and accountability. 
    2. Trees change with the seasons….CHANGE is good….it is a mindshift!
  3. SEEDS
    1. New beginnings and New life
    2. Don’t judge each day by the Harvest you reap but by the seed you Plant
  4. TRUST
    1. “How BAD can it be”…to create trust?
    2. You did good BEAN POLE…when is the last time you did good or told someone they did a good job?

My favorite Quote (from the time I started teaching):

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”   Henry Adam

PLANT the SEED and let it GROW!

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I am an assistant principal of a K-4 elementary school. I have taught grades 2nd-5th and served as an instructioanl technology coach for the district for six years. I am a NBCT, STAR teacher, and DEN teacher. I am also a technology adjunct professor at UAB Birmingham. I am currenlty working on my PhD in Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology Curriculum.

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