Worthwhile Movies for Teachers

Worthwhile Movies for Teachers

By Evangelidou Foteini, April 2014

Movies could be utilized as a great source of inspiration for teachers. They could reveal many sides of teaching and learning processes. As they come from many countries all over the world, they show many examples of teaching processes and they indicate the differences, which exist among the different schools. By watching movies, teachers could understand the way they behave in their classrooms or they could find some inspiring ideas, which they can use in their classrooms. Moreover, a movie, if it is appropriate, could be watched during the lesson by our students too and cause a nice constructive discussion. Generally, a good movie could be helpful for teachers in order to develop not only themselves but also their lessons.

I found a post in “Discussion Forum” of the course “Foundations of Teaching for Learning 2: Being a Teacher”, which war referred to inspiring movies for teachers. A peer of mine, whose name is Alex Alexandrou, made an extended personal research and suggests several movies. His list of movies contains the following suggestions:

  • Hurricane Season
  • Homeless to Harvard
  • Tin Soldier
  • The Chorus
  • Race to Nowhere (documentary)
  • Waiting for Superman (documentary)
  • Scent of a Woman
  • Detachment
  • Freedom Writer’s Diary
  • Educating Rita
  • My Class
  • To Sir with Love
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Goodbye Mr. Chips
  • The Blackboard Jungle
  • Les Diaboliques
  • Kes
  • The Class
  • Won’t Back Down
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Tough Young Teachers (documentary series on the BBC)
  • First Grader
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Monsieur Lazhar
  • We are the Best
  • The New Public (documentary film http://thenewpublicmovie.com)

Have you other ideas about this kind of  movies???


4 responses

  1. Thank you for the list… will def. check the, out.
    Joining Module 3 ?

    1. thank you very much! Yes, i am going to join FOT 3. What about you?

      1. I will be there. Thinking to do 3. & 6 together but I guess it will be too much. But def. Module 3 😉 are you on any social media….?

      2. I also believe that 3 & 6 would be too much, so I am going to join 3. No, I do not have any acoount on social media! I use only my blog page! So, I guesse thant we are going to share our ideas in Module 3!

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