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The Ron Clark Story is very

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The Ron Clark Story is very inspiring as well as Front of the Class which is a true story about a young man who wants to be a teacher but suffers from severe Torrette's Syndrome.

Middle Grades ELA in Minneapolis

The Mighty

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The film, The Mighty, is an adaptation of the YA novel, Freak the Mighty. The novel is a perennial favorite of my sixth graders. Two very different boys form a unique friendship.

Two classic British "teacher"

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Two classic British "teacher" movies are To Sir, With Love and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Great actors in both leading roles! To Sir, With Love is pretty dated in some ways but I think it's a great reminder that helping your students to be successful can sometimes mean more than just helping them academically. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is somewhere between inspirational and cautionary--bring your students the thrill of learning, but also think about what power you can have over them. Well...and so much more! Thought provoking movies.

Teaching English as a Second Language

Great movies I've seen and

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Great movies I've seen and even used in the classroom:
- The Freedom Writers
- Temple Grandin
- The Ultimate Gift

Mr. Holland's Opus

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A must see for every teacher and especially for every administrator!!


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7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

There are so many, educators HAVE to be film literate!!!

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Visual Arts, MY PASSION!

CHARLIE CHAPLIN: The Tramp,The Kid, Modern Times, all of his classics, children LOVE HIM,Buster Keaton's The General, Duck Soup and &A Night at the Opera My Little Chickadee (WCFields & Mae West),It Happened One Night Philadelphia(Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant), Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Yankee Doodle Dandy,Footlight Parade, 42nd Street, Gone With The Wind,Shane, High Noon,Some Like It Hot, Breakfast at Tiffany's, ET, Back to the Future,Tootsie The Miracle Worker, Bonnie and Clyde, Deliverance, all the 60's MGM MUSICALS.
Westerns, Spaghetti Westerns,

Civil Rights Films:
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, The Last of the Mohicans,Dances with Wolves, Gentleman's Agreement, Mississippi Burning, The Shadow of Hate,Silkwood,Glory,The Color Purple, Schindler's List, The Great Debaters,

I Am Sam, Simon Birch, Rainman,
All Coen Brothers.....
All Woody Allen....

Foreign Films:off the top of my head...
Felini La Strada, 8 1/2, Americord, Cinema Paradiso
French: All Trauffaut,especially: The Wild Child,Au Revoir les Enfants,Martin Gruerre
Bergman Wild Strawberry's, Fanny and Alexander,
British:Ivory Merchant (brilliant films),The Queen, The King's Speech everything else the British produce, Monty Python, Benny Hill, etc...
The Boy in Stripped Pajamas
Irish films: My Left Foot,Cal,The Crying Game, Waking Ned Devine,
Mexican: Like Water for Chocolate, Pan's Labrynith,
Spain:Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,,
Chinese: Raise the Red Lantern, The
Japanese: Kurosawa's Dreams and Roshomon
Germany" Sophie Schol,
Australia Muriel's Wedding

Nothing like the art of the film. We have so many
people to thank, especially GEORGE LUCAS!!

Let's keep the conversation going!!

Kindergarten Teacher from SD

Coaching, Too

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I'd add "Radio" to the list. High School football coach Jones protects a handicapped man from the abuse and bullying of some of his players, in the end teaching a whole community about compassion.

Retired teacher educator - UMass, EDC, various school systems

You guys are such babies! Waddabout history?

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One of the best movies I use in the beginning of every semester is Andalusian Dog by Bunuel and Dali. Beginning with the guy slicing his girlfriend's eyeball, each kid is riveted to the screen which, when the film ends, I ask "who's eye did the guy slice, hers or yours!" We then talk about films as documents, and the dialog between the director and the audience. Thereafter every movie is a statement, worth at least as much attention as a novel or nonfiction or textbook. And THAT movie was made in 1929!

For some obvious elisions on this list, we forget that Gone With the Wind was made 75 years ago, ABOUT A WAR 75 YEARS BEFORE THE MOVIE ITSELF! A short set of clips says as much about 1939 as the movie itself says about 1862!

And then there are the obvious ones, like Rasputin & the Empress, with the Barrymores playing the end of the Russian Empire, and, as their maid, Barbara Barondess who fled the Russian Revolution with her family back to Brooklyn where she was born to a Jewish family fearing a Russian (and later German) pogrom! Ah, that is the way to see the 20th century!

And there is always Goodbye Mr. Chips, for a much more quaint, but poignant, view of teaching; or, for a high school kid aspiring to be a shrink, Snake Pit to show what the world was like 60 years ago for the crazy; or, Battle of Algiers to show what Europeans thought of America in Vietnam or what we might think today of any other guerrilla war!

Movies are pretty hot with a smartboard in a classroom, incidentally, since you can start, stop, speed, and highlight. That also is an invitation for them to bring in their own favs, often from YouTube, and then get some REAL controversy!

Community School Advocate

October Sky and a couple Bollywood Films

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I was surprised October Sky wasn't on the list - movie about a coal miner's son who dreams beyond his smalltown and pursues his passion for science, even when others say its not possible. I love that it is a story of redemption for a student that doesn't revolve around sports being the only ticket out.

Also a couple of my Bollywood favorites that are applicable even in the US (especially as we have increasing number of immigrant students in our classrooms):

3 Idiots - the story of a few guys in Engineering school, each with their own passions. Raises good questions about parental and societal pressures to perform, purpose of education, and the value of friendship.

Like Stars on Earth - wonderful story of one boy's struggle with dyslexia and a teacher who makes a huge difference. I found this especially valuable to share with parents with children struggling in school because of dyslexia or other reasons - great way to bring up special education with parents not familiar with the concept due to cultural reasons.

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