This past week, a friend who is in the education world asked me if I could recommend a movie that shows some teacher:student engagement or student:student interaction. I came up with these titles first: Dead Poets Society, Freedom Writers, The Emperor’s Club, and Dangerous Minds.
I also came up with a few that are not as serious and not always as positive – but are funnier: Teachers, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Rushmore.
I taught for four decades and in that time saw plenty of depictions of teachers and classrooms on screens big and small that were unrealistic and often downright insulting.
I crowdsourced the request via email to a few fellow educators and was surprised at how quickly they responded and how many I had not thought of right away. Here’s the list we collected with a few comments and clips. What did we miss? Add a comment.
Dead Poets Society
The Emperor’s Club
The Paper Chase
Professor Kingsfield on the Socratic Method of teaching
Mona Lisa Smile
The Miracle Worker
Stand and deliver
The Wonder Years (TV Series)
Boston Public (TV)
To Sir With Love
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
School of Rock
Bad Teacher (hmmm…)
The Breakfast Club (more for student:student)
numerous Hogwarts scenes from the Harry Potter film series
The Karate Kid
Comedy is a good teaching tool.
Jerry Seinfeld plays a history teacher having problems teaching WWII
from Key and Peele – the substitute teacher