Teacher Movies That Inspire
For me, one of the first things I do to relax during the summer is to pick up a page turner spy thriller and catch up on some teacher movies that will inspire me for next year.
- The Emperor’s Club (2002)
I rarely buy movies after I’ve viewed them.
This movie is the exception.
The Emperor’s Club with Kevin Kline is one of my favourite teacher movies. It showed me that although I can try my best, do all I can for my students, I can’t “fix” them all. There will be failures, especially with students whom I tried to reach, but for whom I was unable to change their behavior. There will be students you can’t stop for whatever reason, from going down the wrong path.
The Emperor’s Club more than any other movie, shows the internal struggles of the classroom teacher.
This movie also shows that for every student you can’t change, there will be hundreds of students where you will make a difference.
Those you will inspire to do their best through all the little things you do with them all year long.
Even though they don’t tell you or acknowledge the impact you have on them, in later years, they will remember and be grateful for the things you did.
Other movies I’ve enjoyed:
- Freedom Writers (2007)
- Stand and Deliver (1988)
- The Ron Clark Story (2006)
- The Karate Kid (1984)
- Glory Road (2006)
- Hoosiers (1986)
- Coach Carter (2005)
- Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
- Renaissance Man (1994)
To read reviews of these movies and others, check out The Internet Movie Database, the biggest, best, most award-winning movie and TV site on the planet: http://www.imdb.com/
Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies (FILM): http://www.youthfilmproject.org/programs.htm
This site features curriculum materials to support a curricula for youth that uses movies to promote literacy, learning and service.
If you have any favourite movies (or books) that help you get motivated, just e-mail me and I’ll include them in a future mailing.
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