Reflections on Purl by Pixar

Viewing the new PIXAR short entitled PURL, I watched it in many ways.

As a mom of two adult daughters, wondering about their work force experiences.

As a teacher, whose work force is mostly all women. Yet, I know decisions are made that affect me by a “Bros” world. And never have I sat as the lone woman around the conference table, striving to solve a problem with a bunch of Bros.

As some of my male middle-schoolers ask, “How do you know Purl’s a girl?” Their innocent question made me glad I shared the video so a class conversation could occur.

As some of my other middle-schoolers  saw it as a video about fitting in, changing to fit in and having the courage to be oneself when someone is around that is like me.

As a Reading 6 teacher, currently teaching using the TCRWP Social Issue Unit of Study for Middle School, I saw how work place discrimination and gender discrimination were explored through examples of discrimination.

What do you notice TODAY using the lens of social issues?



Reading Notebook pages by four Reading Teachers, made during a Professional Development meeting, while sitting around a conference table. (Next time, we need to include a “bro”!)


6 thoughts on “Reflections on Purl by Pixar

  1. mgminer says:

    I decided to watch PURL before I read your post. It was new to me. As a knitter, I enjoyed the clever use of the word/name PURL and the many subtle references to yarn and needle crafts. As a woman, I was sad that Purl felt she had to reinvent herself to be successful in the company, but in the end, it seemed like the message was that by keeping the essence of who she was, she was able to have a greater influence for good. I will need to watch it a few more times. I think another important message is that we are sometimes not aware of the ways we exclude others and need to be more intentionally inclusive. Thanks for making me think (again). You do such great work – lucky middle schoolers!


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