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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

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I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

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We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

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I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue


I'd like to compile a list of movies about teaching. What's your favorite one? List one and why it really is good..... even better if you can post a clip!  Here is a nice list to get us started!  Also see this Rotten Tomatoes list about best H.S. movies. 

Here's my nominee, Dead Poet's Society. I guess cause I'm male but I really love the way Robin William's character confronts authority and gets his students to see outside the box.

Also see our Philosophy At The Movies quiz.  Match the film with a teaching philosophy. Can you? 

Also see these two posts offering lessons for teachers from the two movies.

                    The King's Speech     |        McFarlane

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Okay, this isn't actually a movie but I figure it qualifies. It is film and it is teaching. Man! How I dreamed of having a teacher like Mr. Kotter! Imagine being on this debate team...... funny stuff and this is A Flash Back to Welcome Back, Kotter.

Here's a really "real" movie - Teachers starring Nick Nolte. Which one of these teachers are you?

You can watch most of the movie on youtube. Just click the video and start with part 1!

'Mr. Holland's Opus'....hands down the best teaching movie.

not a movie about teaching but a great movie to show and discuss is "Truman Show"
  because you can discuss so many things in connection with it..
My favourite is ,as pointed out, Dead Poets Society.

Ros said:

What about the movie 'When the boys Sing', or 'Dangerous Minds' or 'The Freedom Writers' and one that is so difficult to watch "Taming Andrew" or by its other name 'When Andrew Comes Home'. All of them are great movies and all about teaching...
Good luck and let me know what you think.
I've been needing some inspiration these days and after spending several days evaluating elementary teachers in their classrooms - I was reminded of this sensational film / documentary - Etre et Avoir (To Have and To Be). Over a nice bottle of wine, I gained renewed appreciation for the art of "helping our young". Must watch teaching movie!

There was a movie that came out in the early eighties called " Class of 1984". It was a dark prediction of what the classroom of the future would be like. I had a lot of early Punk rock imagery. This was long before punk had entered mainstream culture and it was still viewed as violent and anti-social. It has lots of music by Teenage Head. It was interesting as an early look at the punk subculture. Lots of the violence was exaggerated. This is from someone who used to be a regular at Larry's Hideaway.
I agree. Although I'm old, I never really watched the whole film until a recent international flight on Asiana airlines, and I was impressed with how totally dedicated the Potier character was to connect with really teach his students some valuable life lessons.
Headrick -- you are showing your age :) We have more in common than I could imagine. I didn't spend a lot of time there but was there unfortunately on the night of one infamous bust. I spent a few hours downtown..... Must have been 84/85 - my uni. days.

I completely forgot about one of my fav. fav. fav. teaching movies. I've watched this with a class of teachers and It has many important lessons. Mad Hot Ballroom. About several classes of students who compete in a ballroom dancing competition.

Lately, I've been spending LOTS of time on my bicycle and wind trainer. Indoors with headphones and either reading or watching programs. One program I've been watching is The White Shadow. I don't know how I missed this one but it is superb! What a series/sitcom should be. It tackles real issues about education and teaching without preaching or moralizing. About asking questions.

A good tip for all you overseas teachers. You can watch a lot of "not available in your region" content by downloading and installing your own VPN. (virtual Private network - a kind of layer which protects your own computer). Best way is through Hot Spot Shield. Install, turn it on when you want to watch these White Shadow videos or videos/tv at HULU or NBC. I know teachers miss home and this makes things a little easier....
This movie "Blind Side" is really watchable. A true story , well acted. Not specifically about teaching but it revolves around the high school education of a black student, "adopted" by a rich family. Raises lots of questions about the role of access, money, poverty, family, friends in education.

When's Precious coming on? :D
Ellen - I though I HAD posted about it! I guess I didn't because I was in shock over this movie (as we discussed offsite). Really powerful and this has to be UP THERE about the role of school and teachers and yes, even lesbians! Raw, damn raw and you can tell even watered down, tempered and cut, spliced, they couldn't take the poet's voice out of this. It says so much about poverty, teens and just what school is about.

I hate this trailer of it -- it doesn't do it justice nor does the barbie girl say anything at all about what the movie is...just watch it, that's all I'd recommend. If you ever believe on thing I ever say, through all my millions of diuretic words here - believe these 2 - Watch It!

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