Like all professions teaching has its ups and downs. It can become easy to forget the reasons why we chose the job in the first place. When you come home after a day of work and nothing went according to plan, you begin to question if you are really making a difference to the young minds in your class! This week I have collected some of my favourite teacher movies that remind me of why I chose this path. I found that these films really helped me get back in touch with my personal teaching philosophy because I felt I could relate to the struggles, triumphs and ideals of these teachers. Through their determination and understanding these teachers gave their students a sense of empowerment and ability to think for themselves.
Here are the top five teacher movies that will remind you of why you love what you do!
1. Dangerous Minds (1995)
2. Stand and Deliver (1988)
Jaime Escalante showed that anyone has the ability to learn, even the most difficult students.
3. Dead Poets Society (1989)
Robin William’s role as Mr Keating filled everyone with a sense of wonder and what it means to be human. “ We don’t read and write poetry because it is cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.”
4. The Ron Clark Story (2006)
Ron Clark believed in giving every student a chance, even when low expectations were already established around that student.
5. Lean on Me (1989)
Joe Clark showed that tough love is sometimes necessary. While some may see this character as a bit extreme, everything he does, is to help the students be the best they can be. “Discipline is not the enemy of enthusiasm.”
There are so many more inspiring films out there! Which ones have inspired your own teaching philosophy?
A 21st century School Teacher, Mother, and Wife.
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