Teach with Movies

With the Oscars done and dusted for 2012 it would be fair to say that this year has been a bit of a disappointment for the film industry which could well be a reflection of the current economic climate.

Luckily there have been hundreds of amazing films made that are just as good a text for your students as any of the great written texts of all time. if you don't use film in the classroom to engage your students then you are missing out on a major cultural hook.

Teach with Movies is a paid site but at $11.99 per year for a school I am happy to give this the edgalaxy tick of value as it houses over 350 learning guides for some of the best films ever made. 

These guides cover a range of learning areas but all have excellent content for literature. 

Take a look at teach with movies and take a deeper look at some of their great films that will both inspire and educate your students to learn again.

Devices of Wonder: Cinema through the Ages

The Devices of Wonder Web site explores the ancestors of modern cinema, cyborgs, and other optical devices. The Web site was created in conjunction with an exhibition, which presented the parlor games, natural wonders, moving image devices, and scientific instruments that have entertained and educated humans for more than four centuries.

The Web site allows visitors to experience some of these inventions first hand, offering a unique opportunity to operate objects that are too rare and fragile to be handled.

The objects are fun to play with, and they also teach us about our social, scientific, and visual history. Below are some ideas for how you can explore the exhibition themes with children.

After you visit the Devices of Wonder Web site, you can return here for some teaching ideas.

Top 10 Inspirational movies for Teachers and Students

With the passing of Elizabeth Taylor today there has been clips from some of the biggest movies of all time across the media and this got me thinking about the greatest movies that are out there to inspire teachers and students.

The first list comes from the undisputed bible of all things film, TV and Cinema, IMDB


Stand and Deliver (1988)
A dedicated teacher inspires his dropout prone students to learn calculus to build up their self-esteem and do so well that they are accused of cheating. (103 mins.)
Director: Ramon Menendez
“ never believe that students are unable to learn. Instead of teaching to the lowest common denominator, Edward James Olmos in a true story as Jaime Escalante sets his sights much higher, getting them to pass the AP Calculus exam. Excellent, enjoyable choice. ” - ejazasi
Dangerous Minds (1995)
An ex-marine teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city schools. (99 mins.)
Director: John N. Smith
“ Michelle Pfeiffer is excellent as real-life former marine Louanne Johnson. ” - ejazasi
Lean on Me (1989)
The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve. (108 mins.)
“ I wish if more Principals stressed the importance of discipline and learning in their schools as he did. This film shows the importance of having strong leadership at the top. ” - ejazasi
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher. (143 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
“ This memorable movie gives all teachers hope that they truly have an impact on their students. Richard Dreyfuss is wonderful as a musician/composer who must take a teaching job to support his family. ” - ejazasi
Dead Poets Society (1989)
English professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ The central message of the movie, to live life to the fullest everyday, is not lost. Further, Williams' poetry recitations are awe-inspiring. ” - ejazasi
The Miracle Worker (1962)
The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. (106 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ Very few people can watch the famous 'water' scene without experiencing a feeling of triumph and relief. ” - ejazasi
Music of the Heart (1999)
Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids. (124 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ This film shows the influence that one person's drive and vision can have on others. ” - ejazasi




Here are a couple more  to take a look at

Top 10 Inspirational movies for teachers and students

Rama's Screen Top 10


Be sure to let us know what we missed on these lists.