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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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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Tom Bronson's picture
Tom Bronson
Middle School Math (including Alg I, Geo, and Alg II) from Tampa, FL

That movie made me wish I taught English rather than math. So, I just throw a lot of English (and every other subject) into my math classes. It has earned me the loving title from my students, "King of the analogy" or, the backup title, "King of the tangents." :)

By the way, I just watch "Front of the Class" the other night and it was particularly good.

Meredith Beachly's picture

I was a new teacher in the inner city when "Teachers" came out and about 25 of when together so that is one of my favorites! Several of the others mentioned are also on my list. "Breakfast Club" holds a special place as I have often been the supervisor of Saturday detention!!

Kathleen Robbins's picture
Kathleen Robbins
Earth Science Student Teacher, Queens, NY

The Class - French film from 2008(?). It's brilliant.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Jodi Heilbrunn's picture
Jodi Heilbrunn
National Center for School Engagement

"The Blackboard" It's a French movie that came out a couple years ago, and I don't recall the title in French. You can get it with subtitles from Netflicks. The actors are a real high school teacher and his students in a school for French language learners in Paris. The teacher is also the director. It's brutally objective, and for the most part the same issues apply in the US. You would never know the cast isn't a group of professional actors.

michael hattman's picture

Teacher school movies have a wide variety of uses. I have been working with the idea for 15 years and some of the results are at www.movieteacher46.com .
Is Ralphie in the Christmas Story normal? How would you evaluate Arnold in Kindergarten Cop? What school films could be used to understand bullying? Want to practice your interaction with parents by viewing reel teachers?
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The book Mentorship Through The Movies is a free download under the Mentoring Tab.

michael hattman's picture

The use of cartoons to teach is an example that could be duplicated today for creating engagement.

michael hattman's picture

The use of cartoons to teach is an example that could be duplicated today for creating engagement.

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