Children Full of Life

Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students not only how to be students, but how to live. He gives them lessons on teamwork, community, the importance of openness, how to cope, and the harm caused by bullying.

In the award-winning documentary Children Full of Life, a fourth-grade class in a primary school in Kanazawa, northwest of Tokyo, learn lessons about compassion from their homeroom teacher, Toshiro Kanamori.

He instructs each to write their true inner feelings in a letter, and read it aloud in front of the class. By sharing their lives, the children begin to realize the importance of caring for their classmates.

Toshiro is an amazing example of what all teachers across the world should be like. He truly understands what teaching children is all about and certainly made a positive difference in the lives of these 10 year olds.

Since its release date in 2003, Children Full of Life became a great success. It resulted in obtaining several awards, high public popularity and even had a global impact.

Toshiro Kanamori’s work got the attention of the education community, and achieved recognition from other sectors that may seem further away, such as health and mindfulness.

Children Full of Life
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  • Release date2003
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  • Director(s)Noboru Kaetsu