Jaime Escalante proved to his administration and school board, that his students could handle the rigors of calculus. More importantly, he proved it to the kids who embarked on the journey with him. Escalante inspired his kids and believed in them when no one else did.
The future of five children depends entirely on the quality of their education, yet this documentary reveals some of the practices really going on in public education. You’ll recognize these situations, and you may want to cry or throw your curriculum guid at the television screen, but one thing is for sure. You come away with new resolve that these crimes wont happen in your classroom.
The Illinois Poet Laureate and teacher Gwendolyn Brooks speaks with simple candor about her work and lengthy career, She influenced countless students through her teaching and poetry; you probably know her poem, “We Real Cool,” because it’s in so many English anthologies.She’s also a Pulitzer Prize winner.
One novice teacher (Erin Gruwell) significantly changed the lives of her students when she made learning relevant and accessible thanks to teaching to their interests. In doing so, she made a significant impact on the lives of her students and modeled compassion and tolerance to her peers.
Good teachers know how to connect with their students, and that’s what the unconventional Michelle Pfeiffer does at this inner city school when she takes on teaching tough kids. When one of her students loses his life because of the system’s ridiculous rules, Pfeiffer commits completely to standing up for her students.
This 80s movie is ridiculously silly, completely unbelievable and makes for a great Saturday afternoon spent couch surfing. Required to teach summer school at the last moment (like that could ever happen, right?), PE teacher Mark Harmon finds himself teaching English to a bunch of kids who need to pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.
Taylor Mali, the poet laureate of New York, says what I wish I said all those times at parties and dinners, but he delivers this message better than I ever could. I find myself revisiting this video several times a year because it’s so on target.