16 Flicks about Teachers

Top Teaching Documentaries
Number 7

It’s important for our students to see us there, and approachable, and in their community.”

180 Days: Harsville (2015)
Number 6

We want technology to help us create an environment where students are active and engaged.”

Future Learning (2012)
Number 5

It’s the teacher’s job to point young minds towards the right kind of question.”

The Future of Learning, Networked Society (2012)
Number 4

It’s not fair, but that’s often how it works in America.”

Stupid in America (2009)
Number 3

I was like what do you mean he's not real. And she thought I was crying because it's like Santa Claus is not real and I was crying because there was no one coming with enough power to save us."

Waiting for Superman (2010)
Number 2

And then my French teacher said something that I won't forget for a long time. 'Maybe if the students themselves spoke out against [standardized testing], it could all change.' So that’s what I did."

Listen: The Movie (2013)
Number 1

Football doesn't build character, it reveals it."

Undefeated (2012)
4 Biopics
Number 4

Mr. Grandey: This wouldn't happened to have been their reward for reading poetry would it?

Louanne: In my classroom, poetry is its own reward.

Dangerous Minds (1995)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 64%
Number 3

Students will rise to the level of expectation, Senior Molina.”

Stand and Deliver (1988)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 79%
Number 2

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you tell kids they're stupid, directly or indirectly, sooner or later they start to believe it.”

Freedom Writers (2007)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
Number 1

We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

Dead Poets Society (1989)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 92%
Fictional Flicks
Number 5

Shawn: LeBron is a better rebounder and passer.

Russell Gettis: LeBron will never beat Jordan. Call me when LeBron has six championships.

Shawn: That's your only argument?

Russell Gettis: It's the only argument I need Shawn!

Bad Teacher (2011)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 36%
Number 4

Power perceived is power achieved.”

The Substitute (1996)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 40%
Number 3

It’s gonna be a really tough project. You’re gonna have to use your head, your brain, and your mind too.”

School of Rock (2003)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 64%
Number 2

Not all who wander are aimless. Especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image.”

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 61%
Number 1

Pamela Dare: Sir, would you dance with me tonight?

Mark Thackeray: Of course, but nothing too fast. I'm getting much too old for that sort of thing Miss Dare.

Pamela Dare: We'll make it something special, promise?

Mark Thackeray: Promise.

Pamela Dare: Sir, would you call me Pamela tonight?

Mark Thackeray: Yes... Pamela.

To Sir, With Love (1967)
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
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