Sunday, December 30, 2007

Inspiration to Get Back in My Classroom!

Just turned on my TV to see Lean on Me on. It's a GREAT movie, if you haven't seen it. Morgan Freeman plays the role of Joe Clark in this true story. He is very inspirational and even though the kids and staff want to run him out in the beginning, they love him and support him in the end.

Some of my other favorite "teacher" movies??? There are so many, but here are a few:

  • School of Rock
    • For obvious reasons, but mostly because Jack Black is so lovable! "I've got a hangover, does anyone know what that means?" "Does it mean you're drunk?" "No, it means I was drunk yesterday!" He's the bee's knees!
  • Spellbound
    • If you haven't seen this documentary, run out to get it! I love the kids in this film and have had some like each one of them every year!
    • I don't know how to upload a video yet, but please go watch the trailer for this documentary. I love Harry!
  • Freedom Writers
    • I've seen it only once, but it's a good one. I bought it on sale a while ago and this reminds me that I need to watch it again!
  • Finding Forrester
    • Who wouldn't love a movie that has both Sean Connery AND Busta Rhymes in the cast?!?
  • Dangerous Minds
    • This movie is now the running joke at my school since my friend, Michelle Phifer, came to teach at our school. We keep talking about how she did her student teaching in a inner city school and the kids tried to run her out! I still love the Coolio song from this movie. In fact, it was one of the trivia questions at Xtreme Team Trivia last week!
  • Summer School
    • The best part of this movie is the chainsaw massacre that the kids put on at the end. It's classic!
  • Pay It Forward
    • I know, I know ... it's cheesy, but I still like it! Just the idea that I might be giving one of my students an idea to change the world is uplifting! :)
  • Mona Lisa Smile
    • Not only is this movie centered around art history, which I love, but it has some great actresses in it. I love when Julia was asked how she felt about trying to compete with all these younger actresses, she simply said, "You can't out-kitten kittens!" Love it!
  • Akeelah and the Bee
    • Another great spelling bee movie. It is interesting to compare this movie to the documentary of Spellbound. Both movies are a great reminder that someday I'm going to have one of these kids in my room and I will need to learn how to appropriately challenge them when it comes to their spelling!
Okay ... I think that's it for now. Off to throw the Spellbound DVD in! What are YOUR favorite teacher movies?!?!?

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Anonymous said...

Where is Kindergarten Cop or the Substitute movies? You've almost missed the action hero link to quality education.

Have a wonderful year.

chitknit said...

Some of my all-time faves are on your list - LOVE School of Rock!