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I was hoping someone would mention Ron Clark. Check out the member's only site at greatamericanteachersclub.com

Mentorship Movies

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I agree that teacher/school movies offer an excellent opportunity to study our profession. We are not concerned with Hollywood's intentions and flare in creating the reel teachers but the underlying principles of quality teaching and learning that can be reviewed in their creations. I have a different list at my website in the book Mentorship Through the Movies but we agree on many films.
www.movieteacher46.com Mentorship Tab

Stand and Deliver
Stand and Deliver is the true story of Jaime Escalante, highly paid computer
programmer--who always wanted to be a teacher. So he quits his job and hires
on at East Los Angeles’ Garfield High School to teach computer science to its
inner city students. There’s only one hitch--due to budgetary problems there
aren’t any computers. An adaptable sort, Jaime swallows his annoyance and
decides to teach the available subject--algebra-- instead.
At first his students aren’t willing to pay attention to him and uninterested in
learning what he has to teach. But Jaime’s philosophy is that the students will
rise to the level of the expectations put upon them. If you expect nothing, you
will get nothing. Jaime Escalante expects that his students will pass the AP
Calculus exam. The administration protests: if the students fail at this task, what
will it do to their fragile egos?
But soft-spoken Jaime manages to convince his students that they can succeed
at this task. He gets them to agree to take Trigonometry in summer school, and
in their next academic year, spend hours both before and after school learning
calculus. His teaching style, which includes humor, sarcasm, strict discipline,
and attention getting techniques, might be considered by some to be verbally
abusive, but he always made it clear to the students that he was one of them,
knew where they were coming from, and cared about them.
All of Jaime’s kids passed the AP Calculus test. Twice. Due to either the
shortsightedness of the testing company, or perhaps even prejudice against inner
city schools, they were forced to retake the exam. The testing company accused
the students of cheating. Jaime stood up for them, insisted that they had not
cheated, but once it was clear the testing company would not change its stance,
he told that the only way they can prove they didn’t cheat the first time, would
be to take, and pass, it again.
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Mentorship Points:
1. The movie portrays Jaime Escalante as a successful highly paid worker in
the field of technology who decides to switch to teaching without in-depth
training. What makes him succeed despite this lack of training? What
problems result because of his lack of educational courses? Would you
consider Jaime to be a born teacher? [7:08] Switching Jobs
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2. The “lone wolf” concept makes a good movie, but it can destroy a school.
If the only reason to be in school was math, why have all the other subjects
and extracurricular activities? What would happen if everyone set the
same demands on student time? Theme
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3. Jaime Escalante is rude, crude, and abusive to his students. He constantly
belittles and drives them instead of encouraging them - Net Head,
Fingerman, Burros, Work From HeadUp, Wing or a Leg, The Chair, Shoe Shine
Box. Furthermore a couple of his comments were out of line and would be
considered sexual harrassment. [7:58] Sexual Harassment; [15:30] Rude;
[24:08] Belittling
Within 1-3 days, students will know if you care about them and want
them to learn. The combination of praise and criticism you use will be
your style. If they do not think you sincerely care, style won’t make much
difference.
How was it obvious that Jaime cared about his students? What is your
reaction to his teaching style? Do you think it would work for you?
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4. Jaime feels that students will rise to the level of expectations of the teacher.
His peers see a need for changes in family life, social environment, peer
pressure, teacher training, teacher turnover, etc., as reasons for poor
performance. Is Jaime’s success repeatable, or are the statements of his
fellow teachers the best way to influence student improvement?
[19:25] Expectations
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5. Jaime put his school before his family and his own health. He works
himself into a heart attack. [51:58] School Before Family;
[54:30] Heart Attack
We must constantly evaluate our dedication and expectations. We must
use what resources we have carefully.
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6. It appeared that Jaime was always in control of his class. Although he was
a new teacher in an urban school, he never appeared to be upset or
frustrated over the lack of desks, student’s aggressive and inattentive
behavior, or the fact the bell rang early. He spoke Spanish to his students
and was not afraid to confront them. [4:20] Spanish; [9:44] Aggressive
Behavior; [12:58] More Aggressive Behavior
Students can usually tell if you are upset and intimidated. How can you
gain control over your emotions?
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7. Jaime knew his student’s slang and was able to communicate with his
students on their level, without talking down to them. Knowing student’s
slang, where they shop, and what they watch on television can be an
advantage to you. Aside from helping you understand their references
and where they are coming from, they may be impressed that you are
literate to their culture. [7:55] Communicating
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8. Jaime was not afraid to go to parents to get permission to put their kids in
upper level math. You must be willing to work with parents and be
prepared to take criticism from them. Try to meet with them as a team,
with the students present if this is feasible. [29:58] Parents
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9. It was not just the students and the parents who were skeptical over the
introduction of Calculus into the curriculum. Jaime had to fight the
administration and other teachers. He had no credibility in faculty
meetings, and the old timers were suspicious of his doing what had never
been done before. [18:30] Faculty Meeting; [36:20] Suspicions
Always strive to change and advance, but sometimes going slowly with
these changes will make things more accepted by your peers.
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10. It is very important for new teachers to be oriented to a school.
Jaime was given no directions, instructions, or welcome. The early bell
ringing came as a complete surprise to him. [2:50] Orientation;
[5:03] The Bell
If there are faculty and student handbooks available, read them carefully.
It is the responsibility of the administration to do as much as possible for
their new teachers, so do not be afraid to ask questions. What sort of
information is available in the handbooks at your school? Do you have a
peer resource who can help orient you to your school?.
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Relevant Quotes:
1. “I am a one man gang.” [14:02]
2. “You’re worried that we’ll screw up big tomorrow, aren’t you?”
“Tomorrow’s another day. I’m worried you’re gonna screw up the rest of
your lives.” [1:27:35]
3. “Tough guys don’t do math. Tough guys fry chicken for a living!” [13:39]
4. “They learned that if you try really hard nothing changes.” [1:19:10]
5. “Students will rise to the level of the expectations.

Parent of 1 6th grade (elementary school) student in Westminster, CA

Paper Chase

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Timothy Bottoms as Ivy league law student. John Houseman is excellent as teacher.

Senior instructor The Caledonia School

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Paper Clips- gives meaning to teaching in rural communities and also makes you cry

Smoke Signals- great story of friendship, and love- a comedy with native Americans

High School Business Education and Social Studies teacher

Invictus

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I showed this in the final unit of my world history class last year. We examined the poem and it's meaning, learned about South Africa, Nelson Mandella and apartheid, and watched an awesome movie about Rugby! I recommend reading the book first, it provides some invaluable background info. It took a couple of class periods, the movie is over 2 hrs long. But it resonated with my students and was a great positive note to end the year. In my school, other world history teachers show Hotel Rwanda at the end of the year, closing with a unit on genocide. Instead, I was inspired by one of my special ed students who struggled all year, and is a rugby player. I think it was meaningful for him. For that unit, he was the expert in the room!

Someone mentioned science

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Someone mentioned science movies--I remember watching "Race for the Double Helix" and "GATTACA" in biology. They caught the interest of even the more tuned-out students...and made genetics all the more lively.

President at Smart Science Education Inc.

History

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The Ascent of Man is awe-inspiring and shows you that history need not be dull.

Gettysburg brings the Civil War to life, a great view of the Great Rebellion.

I'm a scientist and am disappointed in the lack of good science movies. However, you can find many excellent books.

Die Welle - German with Subtitles

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The Wave, 2008, is riveting. Teaching by doing, a teacher creates an simulation of a dictatorship. The students are positive they cannot be led into such control, and feel the current Germany could not go for any dictator regardless of the past. The acting is perfect, and the story is fascinating.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt10

high school English

Foreign films and independent films:

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Ciao Professore
To Be and to Have
Les Enfants
The Class
The Shower
The Way Home
Not One Less
Children Of Heaven
Color Of Paradise
and so many more
Check to my blog on media
http://teachwithvisionml.wordpress.com/

9-12 Language Arts and Academic Support, PA Virtual Charter School in PA

Precious- Not heartwarming, but a education

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And the international list above, by Carol Parker- Ditto! I would add Smoke Signals to it.

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