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Amy Erin Borovoy

Best Teacher Movie Moments

Hollywood teacher movies typically provoke strong emotions: you either love to hate them or hate to love them. For better or for worse, those silver screen teachers shape how the public thinks about teaching. And most educators I know can't help but watch teacher movies, even if only to criticize them resoundingly, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style. More at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-hollywood-teacher-movies
Hollywood teacher movies typically provoke strong emotions: you either love to hate them or hate to love them. For better or for worse, those silver screen teachers shape how the public thinks about teaching. And most educators I know can't he...
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  • Stand and Deliver - What's calculus?
    Edward James Olmos delivers an Academy-Award-winning standout performance in this biopic about Jaime Escalante, a high school math teacher who encourages his disenfranchised and disenchanted East LA students to learn calculus.
    Edward James Olmos delivers an Academy-Award-winning standout performance in this biopic about Jaime Escala...
    Nick Martellaro
    1:08
    Dangerous Minds
    This film is perhaps the prototypical white-savior-coming-to-rescue-poor-urban-kids movie, and it's admittedly heavy-handed in its message. Nonetheless there are some powerful teaching moments.
    This film is perhaps the prototypical white-savior-coming-to-rescue-poor-urban-kids movie, and it's adm...
    HOLLYWOODPIXONDEMAND
    1:38
    Chalk Trailer
    couldn't find any excerpted scenes from this hilarious teacher-produced 2006 mockumentary, so here's the giggle-worthy trailer. Watch this one when you've had enough of the inspirational sob-fests.
    couldn't find any excerpted scenes from this hilarious teacher-produced 2006 mockumentary, so here'...
    ChalktheFilm
    1:53
    The Blackboard Jungle - Trailer warnervod
    2:51
    Dead Poets' Society - Carpe Diem!
    An ebullient but thoughtful Mr. Keating (played with love by Robin Williams) takes his prep school boys just outside of the classroom walls to open up their minds and spur them to live up to their potential. This scene also brought the phrase "Carpe Diem" into the public lexicon.
    An ebullient but thoughtful Mr. Keating (played with love by Robin Williams) takes his prep school boys jus...
    josepharte
    5:29
    Freedom Writers (9/9) Movie CLIP - We Mattered (2007) HD
    Yet another true story where a dewy young teacher has to get tough when she's confronted by apathetic inner-city students. Of course, she manages to win their hearts with her unconventional teaching and inspire them to express themselves.
    Yet another true story where a dewy young teacher has to get tough when she's confronted by apathetic i...
    MOVIECLIPS
    2:36
    To Sir With Love: Clip
    Though the plot is familiar, there's a nice race-and-class role reversal in this 1967 film, as Sidney Poitier beautifully portrays an out-of-work engineer who becomes a teacher, and faces a class of mostly white working-class toughs in the slums of London.
    Though the plot is familiar, there's a nice race-and-class role reversal in this 1967 film, as Sidney P...
    Wayne Frank Smith
    9:17
    Clarinet Scene - Mr. Holland's Opus
    Lots of teachers take issue with this movie's hint of that tired refrain, "those who can't do, teach," and Richard Dreyfuss' title character's self-absorbed wallowing about having to be a teacher. But it's still a tearjerker w/a solid message that one person can make a difference
    Lots of teachers take issue with this movie's hint of that tired refrain, "those who can't do,...
    violinboy345
    7:29
    Lean on Me Meeting with Parents
    Watch Morgan Freeman shine in his first lead role in 1989, as a determined and hard-line administrator tasked with turning around the worst school in the state before the government takes it over. In this scene, angry parents take issue w/principal Joe Clark's radical policies.
    Watch Morgan Freeman shine in his first lead role in 1989, as a determined and hard-line administrator task...
    therealdirtydog
    3:35
    Goodbye Mr. Chips - Mr. Chips first day at brookfield
    Looks like classroom management was just as challenging in 1939 as it is now. Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a much-loved classic early teacher film about the long tenure of a teacher at a British boarding school for boys.
    Looks like classroom management was just as challenging in 1939 as it is now. Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a much-...
    MrMj1997
    4:00
    TEACHERS 1983 NICK NOLTE JOBETH WILLIAMS PART 1
    This dramatic farce is a classic of the burned-out teacher genre, with said burnout played with gusto by Nick Nolte. But there's no Nick Nolte in this clip: I couldn't resist including this just for the mimeograph machine brawl.
    This dramatic farce is a classic of the burned-out teacher genre, with said burnout played with gusto by Ni...
    tlangelo
    1:59
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