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Fifth grade teacher in rural North Idaho.

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I love "Gifted Hands: the Ben Carson Story", starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. It depicts the amazing transformation of Dr. Ben Carson, as a young student, from feeling like a complete failure, to becoming very successful academically. The way his mother teaches him and never gives up on him is truly inspiring.

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Director, Rockwell Charter High School

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First off, "Won't Back Down" is not a documentary nor is it a pseudo-documentary, to former poster. Better than critics or the education establishment gave it credit for being. The power of committed teachers and parents should not be dismissed.

Secondly, "Bad Teacher," at best and worst, was a satire of the profession--we too often whine we are not treated as professionals, yet we do some really unprofessional stuff. I enjoyed the trashiness for what it was worth, but there was a deeper tale to tell and they almost did it.

On to what I hope are good additions:
"The Emperor's Club" with Kevin Kline was much better than it got credit for being. A deep passion seems to power any teacher, regardless of the school, the curriculum, etc.

My odd entry, "Invictus," was all about a leader transforming a nation at a crossroad in a nation's history. He had to teach by example, he used project-based learning, and he used straight up chats. Brilliant and powerful. Love this film.

"The Blackboard Jungle" was so edgy for the era of the mid-1950s. It was and is a great film about why a teacher would stick with what must seem a lose-lose proposition.

Very good list. Super 8 is

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Very good list. Super 8 is an amazing movie on a whole host of areas that push buttons in a number of ways. Another movie that will have your students seeing the world with a new set of eyes is "Cipher in the Snow."

This very short film (Parts 1 + 2) in the URL below, takes some bitter truths and has you swallow them to see how it might feel. Not the kind of medicine that you want daily, but a single dose goes a long way to cure actions that may otherwise cause distress.

Check it out at:

http://www.ovguide.com/cipher-in-the-snow-9202a8c04000641f8000000005c36636

Cheers,

Will

4th Grade Teacher & STEM Educator

A Few More to Add....

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Mr. Holland's Opus
School of Rock
Spellbound (Oscar Nominated Documentary that follows 8 kids from around the country as they qualify for the National Spelling Bee in DC - it speaks a lot about how children learn and how there is never just one way to be good at something)

Though not a movie, I would also add to this list some episodes of The Simpsons that focus in part, or largely, on education.

Some examples
the students taking the Career Aptitude Normalizing Test, or CANT. Bart finds out his future career is a police office while Lisa's is a home maker. Sample question on the test: I prefer the smell of A) Gasoline, B French Fries, or C) Bank Customers.

Teachers go on Strike and the townsfolk agree to take over the teaching jobs. For one new 'teacher' everything not ok deserves a paddlin'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFgR0m-9FmM&feature=player_embedded

And, basically, anytime the show one of the old time School Documentaries on any subject, here are some samples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC7TVRU5nho

Life Skills Support Teacher

Cameron Diaz's character in

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Cameron Diaz's character in that film is a loser. Why would any self-respecting teacher want to emulate that character?

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You're a high school English

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You're a high school English teacher and you have to ask?

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lackadasical (sp?)

Bad Teacher

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A really funny film that makes us wish we could all be so lac as Cameron Diaz is about teaching. She sleeps, drinks on the job, shows movies all the time. I love when her middle schoolers come back from winter break and she is concerned about getting their test scores up (for a 10 grand stipend!) and gives them homework. Student: "Homework? We havent had homework all year!" LOL

secondary school Religious Education teacher, Athens

I would suggest 'the corus'

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I would suggest 'the corus' especialy for music teachers. Very touching and inspirational movie!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chorus_(2004_film)

My all time favorite is "to

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My all time favorite is "to Sir with Love" starring Sidney Portier

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