Teacher, teacher!

May 7 begins Teacher Appreciation Week. If you've been out of school for a while, you might enjoy a movie about schools and teaching. Some are funny, some are moving, some might make you mad. See what you think:

Bad Teacher Elizabeth is a foul-mouthed, ruthless junior high teacher who can't wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she's dumped by her fiance, she begins to woo a rich, handsome substitute. Competing for his affections is overly energetic colleague, Amy. Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic gym teacher. The consequences of her outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers and herself an education like no other.
Dead Poets Society Robin Williams portrays English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming "Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!" The charismatic teacher's emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm--changing their lives forever.
Half Nelson A high school teacher with a drug habit finds a friendship in an unlikely source - one of his troubled students. Will their relationship help them or harm them?
Like Stars on Earth Eight-year-old Ishaan can't seem to get anything right in class and gets into more trouble than his parents can handle. They pack him off to boarding school to 'be disciplined,' and his art teacher, Nikumbh, realizes that something is wrong and sets out to discover what it is. With time, patience, and care, Nikumbh helps Ishann find himself.
The Miracle Worker Helen Keller was a young girl everyone believed was too deaf, dumb and blind to be helped. A child with the inability to speak or comprehend the world around her. She was saved by Annie Sullivan, a persistent and outspoken teacher who came into Helen's life. Together they accomplished the impossible and taught one another the values of patience, tolerance and compassion.
Mr. Holland's Opus The story of a serious musician who reluctantly enters the teaching profession to remain afloat financially and discovers that his true passion is teaching.
Mohabbatein Gurukul is a private boys' school whose principal demands strict adherence to rules and traditions from his faculty and students, with immediate expulsion for any non-compliance. Karan, Sameer and Vicki are room-mates and best buddies who question this inflexible authority. Their young, handsome and sympathetic music teacher Raj Aryan is on their side in a crusade to humanize the bootcamp spirit of Gurukul.
Pressure Cooker Documents an entire school year at Frankford High School in Philadelphia with culinary arts teacher Wilma Stephenson, a tough and passionate teacher who shows her students how to work hard toward their goals as she prepares them to compete in a one-day cook-off where top chefs judge the students' skills and talents.
Stand and Deliver / Lean on Me A double feature!
Lean on me: A bat-and-bullhorn wielding principal in New Jersey turns a failing school around with his tough love methods.
Stand and deliver: A teacher in a Los Angeles barrio inspires his students to excel at math and to pass the Calculus Advanced Placement Test.
Waiting for Superman This groundbreaking feature film provides an engaging and inspiring look at public education in the United States. Waiting For “Superman” has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students such as Emily, a Silicon Valley eighth-grader who is afraid of being labeled as unfit for college and Francisco, a Bronx first-grader whose mom will do anything to give him a shot at a better life. Waiting For “Superman” will leave a lasting and powerful impression that you will want to share with your friends and family.
The Wave During project week, a popular and unorthodox high school teacher, in an attempt to stir up his lethargic students, devises an experiment that will explain what totalitarianism is and how it works. What begins with harmless notions about discipline and community builds into a real movement: the Wave. The teacher decides to break off the experiment. But it may be too late; the Wave has taken on a life of its own and is out of control.

 

 

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