Curriculum Guide for the Teacher Cadet Course: Experiencing Education, Eleventh Edition
Chapter 6: Being a Teacher Hollywood Style
Standards: Dependent upon movie selected
II.1.4: Students will distinguish between effective and ineffective methodologies and teaching
strategies and traits in various educational settings.
II.1.5: Students will analyze ways in which a teacher’s personality impacts instructional style and
III.2.1: Students will compare and contrast the various types of schooling.
Students will be able to identify challenging teaching situations and creative teaching
strategies via drama.
What can be learned about teaching by viewing movies set in the classroom?
The response forms provide choices for either the teacher, the students, or both.
From time to time, the use of movies can enrich the curriculum by reinforcing classroom
activities and/or providing topics for discussion, if appropriate follow-up activities are utilized.
The following list is not intended to be complete, nor should teachers feel that they must show
any of these movies. Also, you may find it more useful (time wise, to reinforce a point) to show
only a scene or two from one of the movies. Some teachers may find it useful to offer one or
more titles as an optional assignment for interested students, or they can be viewed as
homework for contract points.
Akeelah and the Bee The Karate Kid (2010)
Blackboard Jungle Lean on Me
Breakfast Club Lessons of the Heart
Charly Like Stars on Earth (Taare Za-Meen Par)
Conrack Little Man Tate
The Corn is Green Man Without a Face
Dangerous Minds Miracle Worker
Dead Poet’s Society Mona Lisa Smile
The Emperor’s Club Mr. Holland’s Opus
Finding Forrester Music of the Heart
Freedom Writers Radio
Front of the Class Remember the Titans
Good Morning, Miss Dove Ruby Bridges (1998)
Good Morning, Ms. Tolliver The Renaissance Man
Good Will Hunting The Ron Clark Story
The History Club Stand and Deliver
I Am a Promise: The Children of To Sir with Love
Scranton Elementary School Up the Down Staircase
I Am Malala The Water is Wide