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Favorite Teacher Movie of All Time?

Favorite Teacher Movie of All Time?

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OK, so here's a thread with very little purpose other than to share some titles of movies that make us smile or think about our own profession. Have a second? Then drop us a comment on your favorite teacher movie of all time! I can't wait to hear what you have to say. -Heather WG

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skey1952's picture
8th grade science teacher

My favorite movie is Princess Bride. There is always something funny to get out of it with a new group of kids. It leads to a lot of discussions and quotations.

Donna B VanSickle's picture

When I think of a teacher movie, I think of "Mr. Holland's Opus". I work predominantly with at risk and SpEd high school students. I watch this movie for the last 20 minutes. I always feel rejuvenated after watching.

Nan Waldman Esq.'s picture

Goodbye, Mr. Chips is my favorite teacher movie. Here is information about the book it is based on(from Wikipedia) Goodbye, Mr. Chips (originally Good-bye, Mr. Chips) is a novel by James Hilton. The story had originally been issued as a supplement to the British Weekly, an evangelical newspaper, in 1933 but came to prominence when it was reprinted as the lead piece of the April 1934 issue of The Atlantic. The success of the Atlantic Monthly publication prompted a book deal between Mr. Hilton and Little, Brown and Company. Little, Brown published the first printing of this story in book form in June 1934. The depression was a factor for most publishing houses and Little Brown was no exception; they carefully released a small first printing. Public demand for more was immediate, and Little Brown went into an almost immediate reprinting the same month. The demand continued and Little Brown continued to reprint the book for many months with at least two reprintings per month. The first printing of the British edition was in October 1934. This edition was published by Hodder and Stoughton who had the benefit of observing the success of Little Brown and released a larger first printing. Even with this benefit, Hodder and Stoughton found themselves going into reprints as the public's demand for the book was enormous. After the huge success of this book, James Hilton became a bestselling author,[1] numerous adaptations were made including two films, two television versions and various stage adaptations.

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Paul Bogdan
Student-Centered Secondary Math Teacher

Let us not forget:

School of Rock
Dewey: I think it's time we started our new class project.
Lawrence: A science project?
Dewey: No. It's called..."Rock Band".

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Spicolli: What Jefferson was saying was, Hey! You know, we left this England place 'cause it was bogus; so if we don't get some cool rules ourselves - pronto - we'll just be bogus too! Get it?

Animal House
Dean Wormer: I've got their disciplinary files right here. Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the varsity swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.

Lori Day's picture
Lori Day
Educational Psychologist and Consultant at Lori Day Consulting

Still a sucker for To Sir, with Love.

Sandi Jimmerson's picture
Sandi Jimmerson
6th grade Social Studies Teacher and Media Specialist K-12 certified

This is an OLD, old movie made from the book with the same title. I read the book years ago and had never seen the movie until recently, although I've looked for it for my dad for a long time. When I decided I was going into education, my dad tossed the book towards me and said "Here, read this!" The movie is wonderful, but the book is fabulous!

Katie Bess's picture

The Miracle Worker is my favorite teaching movie because it is such an inspirational story. Helen Keller was probably one of the hardest students to teach with all the obstacles. Annie Sullivan was a very patient, kind woman who never gave up on Helen and the challenges that came with teaching her.

Larry Brayton's picture

There are so many
However my Top 3 are
#3 Teachers with Nick Nolte
#2 Mr Holland's Opus
and my #1 -- To Sir With Love with Sidny Poitier

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