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High School Principal from NJ

Elephant (2003)

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Gus Van Sant's master work and his take on the tragedy of Columbine.

District Director of Guidance Hudson (NH) School District

Good sub plots

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Christian Slater in Pump Up The Volume. The school counselor looks like a goof but still a good movie and even better soundtrack.

Pedagogical Advisor and Teacher Trainer

Music of the Heart

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What a treasure! Thanks for all the recommendations. My favorite is "Music of the Heart" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166943/). Based on a true story , it portrays the struggles, but most of all the passion of a violin teacher in NYC. I used to show it to my fresh teacher trainees on the first day of school to give them a sneak peek what being a teacher within a school, community and system is all about.

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Mona Lisa Smile...gets me

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Mona Lisa Smile...gets me everytime. I want to be Katherine Watson when I grow up! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8_PFfQAfpI
"Let us open our minds to a different idea..."

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Showing my age...

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To Sir With Love Sidney Poitier takes on an "LD" "BD" class in London, and makes the learning much more authentic and valuable along the way.

"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

Maggie Smith teaches a group of 12 year old girls in Scotland. It is a reminder of what an enormous responsibility we have as teachers, and what can happen if we misuse our authority.

teaching students math since 2001!

mean girls and julius caesar

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A colleague of mine uses mean girls after they read Julius Caesar. Great movie! Also great if you've read Queen B's and Wanna Be's.

High school history, social science and civics teacher in Ontario, Canada.

Teachers

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The movie Teachers (1984), starring Nick Nolte is pretty campy, funny, and at some times, dramatic. The mixed bag of teachers and teaching 'styles' is pretty representative of the profession ... lots of passionate, dedicated individuals with a few bad apples. My favorite character is the substitute history teacher who is actually a patient from a mental half-way house.

Author of Teach-Kids-Attitude-1st.com and the book Attitude First.

Must See Foreign (non-USA) Films for Teachers

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Twenty-Four Eyes (Japan, 1954) The story of a new elementary school teacher and the long-term relationships she has with her first class.

Farewell, Children (France, 1987) The impact of the Nazi occupation on a church school that harbors a Jewish boy.

Butterfly's Tongue (Spain, 1999) The story of a boy's relationship with his teacher and how the politics leading up to WWII impact them.

Not One Less (China, 2000) The story of a 14 year old girl who is recruited to be the substitute teacher for a village school but is told she will only be paid if there is not one less student on his return (where in rural areas drop out rates are extremely high even for young children).

The Chorus (France, 2004) The story of a new teacher in a rough boarding reform school in the late forties and how he brings music to the lives of his students and one boy in particular.

The Class (France, 2008) The story of a current-day high school and how one teacher is challenged to deal with his students and their issues.

The King of Masks (China, 1996) The story of the keeper of a family art form that was passed to him from his father, who learned from his father, etc. and his attempt to pass it on through the adoption of what he believes is a son.

These should all be available through Netflix.

Teacher, Author, Guitar––Word.

Almost Famous

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I guess more for the writing teacher. My favorite scene is when William is in the bath tub with all of his notes trying to bring them together to write his piece for Rolling Stone. It also highlights how the corporate (Rolling Stone) controls and manipulates authors vs. the Independent (Cream Magazine) which encourages art for art's sake.

Graduate Student in Education/Future Elementary Teacher

School of Rock

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School of Rock is one of the movies that inspired me to become a teacher. Its hilarious and a reminder that kids are cooler than we give them credit for, so we shouldn't sugar-coat everything and just let em' rock! Hehehe

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