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1st grade teacher in Georgia

Thanks for all of the great

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Thanks for all of the great suggestions. My So Called Life is one of my favorite shows, it's a real cult classic.

1st grade teacher in Georgia

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Thanks for all of the great suggestions. My So Called Life is one of my favorite shows, it's a real cult classic.

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While I like the idea of using video and movies to create a positive valence with kids, I'd love to see you take this one step further and find links between the videos and your subject matter so that you can then engage them in dialogue related to what they've watched..

Now that you have them hooked, use the hook in some way that illuminates the content of your course. Look for some films or TV shows that make that linking easy.

As one example, The Outlaw Josey Wales is an excellent film and a natural for either a Social Studies or English class. I'd hate to see it wasted as pure entertainment.

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Technology ... and movies ... keeps the peace in my classroom. I guess you could say a DVD player hooked up to a TV screen in the corner of the classroom is technology. It didn’t make any of us smarter, but it made me feel like a teaching revolutionary. One day I figured if they came into the classroom with a movie already playing that they would scoot to their desks and start the class period off without bickering at each other, dropping their books on the floor because they love the loud noise that makes, or trying to sneak candy out of The Globe of Happiness. My idea sort of worked. They typically did only one of those. Anyway, I played Civil War documentaries, Nacho Libre, The Outlaw Josey Wales, School of Rock, Dorf on Golf, and The Right Stuff, among a number of other mesmerizing, teacherly selections. They loved it. Every single student loved the idea.

Of course, the time came when we had to turn the movie off and get to work. But the dramatic exhibition of hard work and good behavior was always rewarded by giving them the last few minutes of class off so they could repeat Nacho’s infamous "assisted take off" scene or watch Josey gut Captain Terrill, who sure did deserve it, with a sharp saber.

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MA: Have you seen the 1939

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MA: Have you seen the 1939 original film of The Children's Hour, titled "These Three"? Meryl Oberon and Marlene Dietrich are the two teachers, but the subject matter had to be altered to pass the Code. That movie is also a very good window into the psyche of prepubescent girls!

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The 400 Blows

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Thanks for mentioning that one M.A. It is one of my favorite films of all time. I actually used to show it in a high school course and then to teacher trainees. I think I almost have it memorized.
Highly recommended.

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The 400 Blows (1959)

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If you like French films on the subject, then you can't miss Francois Truffaut's classic about a disaffected young boy and his struggles in school and at home.

ece teacher in Shekou, China

May I add more to your list?

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First of all, thank you for the list. I'm interested in seeing the French language titles.

May i add another tough teacher's story : Erin Gruwell of the Freedom Writers?
And Akeelah and the Bee? Though it's more about a student succeeding against all odds, it does show how a supportive teacher (or 2) and community make it all possible.

Thanks

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Great post...good viewing! One slight correction: Monsieur Lazhar is a French language Canadian film....and a great one, at that!

Thanks Corina, and for the correction! The fact that it took place in Canada was also important in the plot.

Great post...good viewing!

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Great post...good viewing! One slight correction: Monsieur Lazhar is a French language Canadian film....and a great one, at that!

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