I have always wanted to design a pre-service teaching unit based around a reflection on a range of ‘teacher movies’.
We all know the kind: teacher finds themselves out of their depth, but then struggles against the establishment and/or personal odds to overcome adversity and transform the futures of a group of wonderful young people we come to know and love. Oh, and there’s usually some kind of tragedy, you know, to make a point.
Here in no particular order are my top five teacher movies of all time:
- Dangerous Minds (starring Mchelle Pfeiffer)
- Dead Poet’s Society (starring Robin Williams)
- The Breakfast Club (the John Hughes classic)
- Mr Holland’s Opus (starring Richard Dreyfuss)
- Coach Carter (starring Samuel L Jackson)
It would be a great unit: 10 weeks, 5 movies, 1 week watch the film and set readings, next week do a critical analysis. It would draw in sociology, philosophy, productive pedagogy, and some psychology too, especially around theories of motivation.
Hands up who wants to do my course!
Are there other movies you would suggest?
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