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Movie of the Week- Rat Race

Rat Race (2001) directed by Jerry Zucker

In this hilarious update of the Hollywood classic, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, six teams race around the country, competing against each other and the clock to be the first to find a two million dollar prize. Laughter boosts immunity, releases endorphins and relaxes the body—just what you need when you’re in the middle of a stressful time. (You can read more about laughter’s health benefits here.)

Rat Race also shows how high pressure circumstances can turn even the most calm and rational person into a bumbling, anxiety-ridden wreck. In between laughs, it might be worth considering how sometimes putting too much pressure on ourselves can turn our otherwise manageable lives into a “rat race” all its own. If you suddenly had the chance to compete for a large amount of money, what would you do to keep your cool and make sure you won the cash?

 

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How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop—Understand Learning Disabilities

       The film, How Difficult Can This Be?, takes a humorous but heartbreaking look into the world of student’s with learning disabilities in the modern American public school classroom. Filmmaker and Learning Disabilities Consultant Richard Lavoie leads a group of teachers, special educators, parents, and other field experts through a workshop simulating the classroom experience of the student with learning disabilities. Through exercises, group activities, and dramatic classroom reenactments, the group experiences the frustration, anxiety, and tension that the learning disabled student goes through everyday. Using layman’s terms and a dose of humor, Richard Lavoie illustrates many of the thought processes of the learning disabled student, the obstacles teachers face, and some helpful strategies on how to prevail in spite of a learning disability. By the conclusion of the film, everyone involved comes away with a better perspective on the experience of a learning disabled student.

Watch it for yourself and take note of the number of times you say to yourself, “I’ve felt that way, too,” and “Wow, he’s right; I did think that,” or “I had no idea, I always thought…” This film helps us to learn more about the unique ways in which each of us learns.

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