Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week!
This week, the JT Journal is all about YOU! The Fantastic Teachers and Educators of the World!
In honor of your special week, we are giving away two $100 gift certificates to Massage Envy. To enter into our giveaway, we ask that you visit our new blog here and tell us your favorite movie about teachers or schools. Repeats are welcome and sharing your favorite movie along with a quote from the movie will double your chances! To kick off the giveaway, we have posted our favorite, Dead Poet’s Society, “No Matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Two lucky winners will be randomly selected on Friday May 7th and notified via email of their winnings.
We wish you all the best week and we can’t wait to see all your favorite movies!
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Dead Poets Society and Dangerous Minds are two of my favorites from a time when I used to have the time for movies.
Dead Poets’ Society………”Carpe Dium”
I love them all but Freedom Writers Miep Gies, holocuast survivor, comes to the class and says “But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room.”
Has to be Dead Poets Society. “Walk your own walk, avoid conformity” Gotta love it!!
Freedom Writers, for sure!
There’s always Grease. “Tell me about it, stud”.
Hoosiers. One of the greatest movies ever made.
Jimmy Chitwood “I’ll make it” in the huddle before the final play. Gives me chills.
Or Deads Poets. Every line said by Robin Williams works as the best line. Though the moment after they stand on the desks and he smile and says “Thank you, boys” is a perfect moment.
DANGEROUS MINDS, IT’S MY GO TO TO PREPARE FOR A NEW SCHOOL YEAR!!!!!
The Breakfast Club
“I’m not a winner because I want to be one. I’m a winner because I’ve got strength and speed… kinda like a racehorse. It’s about how involved I am in what’s happening to me.”
Freedom Writers (My class number is 203!)
Remember the Titans
Mean Girls – On Wednesdays we wear Pink
Students also get a lesson in bullying, friendship and self esteem
Lean On Me – “Discipline is not the enemy of enthusiasm!”
Dead Poets Society is also one of my favs! I show it every year to my students. Such a classic! RIP Robin Williams
Mr. Holland’s Opus is one as well as Dangerous Minds!
Steve Stronghold/The Commander: “Wait! Royal Pain is a girl?”
Mr. Holland’s Opus Not all of us consider teaching as young adults but find it was what we were meant to do. “We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.”
Dead poet’s society and Stand & Deliver..if you want to include coaching I love all football movies: Rudy, Invinicible, Greater, We are Marshal, Blind Side
School of Rock! “Stick it to the man” “Does anyone have any food?” Love that movie!!!
STAND AND DELIVER – “You’re only seeing the turn, not the road ahead.”
Breakfast Club – “We’re All Pretty Bizarre. Some Of Us Are Just Better At Hiding It; That’s All.”
Dangerous Minds:. “There are no victims in this classroom.”
Forest Gump – “Life is like a box of chocolates…”
And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen.
Mr. Holland’s Opus
“Mrs. Jacobs, you tell them that I am teaching music, and that I will use anything from Beethoven to Billie Holiday to rock and roll, if I think it’ll help me teach a student to love music.”
There are so many to choose from. I love so many: Mr. Holland’s Opus, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Akeelah and the Bee, Dead Poets Society, Mona Lisa’s Smile, Freedom Writers but I think my top favorite might have to be Stand and Deliver.
Hidden Figures – “Every time we get a chance to get ahead, they move the finish line.”
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) “A teacher has two jobs; fill young minds with knowledge, yes, but more important, give those minds a compass so that that knowledge doesn’t go to waste.” I like this quote because it reminds me of travel too:) These travel experiences we give our students enhance and enrich the lessons we teach them in the classroom!
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
“but chiefly I remember all your faces. I never forget them. I have thousands of faces in my mind… In my mind you never grow up at all.
Dead Poets Society for sure! I am sure this is s surprise for some as I am a music teacher and people would probably think Mr. Holland’s Opus but Robin Williams in DPS was fabulous. Plus I love poetry!!
My favorite movie about teachers/students is The Breakfast Club. This is one of my favorite quotes from the movie: “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”
Mine would have to be Breakfast Club or even School of Rock! I love both of these movies so much and of course the Broadway Musical version of School of Rock was totally amazing!!
That’s a hard choice. I choose “October Sky” – “Sometimes you really can’t listen to what anybody else says. You just gotta listen inside.”
My 2nd choice would be “Pay it Forward” – “There is no wrong way to perform an act of kindness.”
Dead Poet’s Society is my #1, but a close second is Stand and Deliver. Both movies had strong, caring teachers that worked to better their students lives, not just teach them content. Also, as a theatre educator, I appreciate the great storylines and strong acting in both movies!
Hi! Hands down my favorite movie is MEAN GIRLS. Although, I agree a close second would be THE BREAKFAST CLUB.
Good morning from Indiana!
My favorite movie with a teaching theme is…. Kindergarten Cop! I crack up every time I watch it.
My wife has two (she’s recovering from cancer surgery yesterday, so I’m sending it in for her)- Lean On Me and Dangerous Minds.
We miss you and hope to get back to NYC very soon- Brad and Amy Hoggatt
“A teacher has two jobs; fill young minds with knowledge, yes, but more important, give those minds a compass so that that knowledge doesn’t go to waste.”
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Mr. Holland’s Opus
“There is not a life in this room that you have not touched, and each of us is a better person because of you. We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus.”
Good morning from Kentucky. My favorite teacher involved movie is Dangerous Minds.
“Knowledge counts but common sense matters.”
These answers are both totally cheesy but…
High School Music because it’s so fun.
Sound of Music (stay with me here), because Maria is TEACHING them to sing and live.
Stand and Deliver. “You know what kills me… it’s that they lost the confidence in the system they’re now finally qualified to be a part of. I don’t know why I’m losing sleep over this. I don’t need it. I could be making more money, with less hours, and have people treat me with respect.”
I love the movie Easy A, and even though the content is somewhat adult, I love seeing the way that Mr. Grifffith was so supportive of Olive and pushed her to be the best version of herself! He uses language and jokes to relate to his students and doesn’t give up on them, no matter how fat they seem to stray.
“Sometimes it takes a lot of wrong answers to get a right.”
“We’re all bizarre, some of us are just better at hiding it.”
“Teachers” is my favorite movie because it pokes fun of all teacher stereotypes with great burst-out laughing humor! One needs a sense of humor to survive the teaching profession!
“Were your rushihng or were you dragging?”
Or I could choose “Soul” the nice new Disney movie…
My favorite “teacher movie,” hands down, is MR. HOLLAND’s OPUS! First of all, it’s far and away the most realistic. When Mr. Holland is new and sheepishly “looks to the text” when he runs out of things to say, that’s real! I have two favorite lines, one comedic, and the other profound. First, when he gets up and says “What kind of people go to work at 7 o’clock in the morning?!” The next one is when he’s teaching Miss Lang to play her clarinet, and he says, “Play the sunset.” The whole movie is great.
“Stand and Deliver” is my favorite teacher movie! Edward James Almos is phenomenal! I love how the kids overcame their circumstances to excel in their AP Calculus class. My favorite quote from the movie is “Students will rise to the level of expectation.”
Those are two good ones. I also like To Sir, WIth Love. So important now.
Kindergarten Cop is my favorite teacher-included movie because of the reality check Swartzenager gets working with normal kids.
MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS
One of the students tells Mr. Holland………… “We are your symphony, Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.”
The teacher, Erin Gruwell, says……. “I’m a teacher. It doesn’t matter what color I am.”
One of my favorite movies is Finding Forrester “You write the first draft with your heart.”
Louanne Johnson: Sometimes it takes a lot of wrong answers to get a right.
My favorite Teacher movie is Mr. Holland’s Opus. Any my favorite quotes are: “A teacher has 2 jobs. Fill young minds with knowledge, yes. But more important, give those minds a compass so that knowledge doesn’t go to waste.”
And because I still keep up with my students as they grow and become adults and parents themselves and I celebrate their highs and lows with them. And because they reach out to share their celebrations, I really resonate with the quote: “…and each of us is a better person because of you. We are your symphony (Mr. Holland). We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.”
I have to go with Freedom Writers- I feel like I actually WAS Hilary Swank when she walked in to her first teaching job in a rough school wearing pearls and a dress, then the school secretary said, “You’re gonna want to leave those pearls at home.” Thankfully, I have learned so much and grown as a teacher for these past 15 years! But that movie always inspires me to meet my students where they are 🙂
As funny as it is, I really love “School of Rock”. It shows that a person without any training can have more heart for teaching than a lot of people that go to school for years to be a teacher. And as an arts teacher, it’s really all about watching kids grow into something amazing!
My favorite part is the end where the parents all realize their kids are really talented and that they’ve been taking that for granted.
Breakfast Club also.
students have a character that they truly can relate to in this movie.
Dead Poets Society – love the quote “There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”
I’d love to be original, but my favorite is Dead Poet’s Society. I still start my classes by standing on my desk! Carpe Diem!
I’m also a big Mr. Holland’s Opus fan.
By a narrow margin, our office chose DEAD POET SOCIETY as our favorite movie about teachers/students. The close runner up was THE BREAKFAST CLUB !
What’s your favorite movie?
Remember the Titans! Such a relevant movie about race and social injustice, and I always feel inspired after watching it.