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.
Get more movie related teaching resources HERE.
Almost Famous is a great coming-of-age movie, and I think it has a positive message about real education and real experiences, as well as keeping true to yourself in the midst of being astounded : ).
It also has a great line, "Your mother kind of freaked me out." :D
I liked it as much, I think, as I liked Big (a tender favorite, who could not love that movie?) Here's the trailer, I couldn't find the full version, or even clips, online... better than nothing!
I just saw "The King's Speech" and blogged about it. It isn't strictly speaking, a "teaching " movie but in many ways it is about teaching and how Lionel, the speech therapist "teaches" Bertie, the king. Sterling movie in any case.
This "Goofy" cartoon from 1952 is a pretty interesting look at teaching and how far (or little), we've come.
Teachers are Human Beings too.
I like and use this one with my students - shakespeare poem
I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme. I hate it, I hate the way you're always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you're not around, and the fact that you didn't call. But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.
Has anyone seen the movie "Bad Teacher"? It's playing in my town but don't think I'm going to go - reviews are horrible. What do you think?
I think using movies in the EFL/ESL classroom is of paramount importance in today's world.
Attached is a presentation about this issue.It is based on "Dead Poets Society" which is an example among many movies that can be pedagogically exploited in different ways.
I hope you will enjoy it.
Another great TV series with a teacher - The Wire. Mr. Prezbo. - his line, "Trick 'em into thinking they aren't learning and they do" is classic.
Here is an oldie but goldie - Music of the Heart with the marvelous Meryl Streep. Her heart is broken by a cheating husband so she goes to Harlem to help poor kids. Kind of hokey but she pulls it off. Any other actress would never have. Here she is with her first class.
Another great film about "teaching issues" - Children of a lesser god. If memory serves me right, she won an award for best actress and they also had a real romance during the filming.
Raises issues about inclusion in our schools (deaf students are all segregated at a boarding school on an island) and issues of ethics (teacher / student relationship) .