It’s John at Prestwick House Inc. and it’s that time of the year, the temperature goes up and your student’s attention span goes down. So in order to help keep the classroom riots to a bare minimum, here is a list of some films that you can show in the classroom.
Before we get started let me stress one very important thing. Please watch the movies before you show them, just as a precaution. In third grade we were watching Tarzan and the nuns forgot that Clayton, the bad guy, is hanged in end. That’s pretty grizzly for a group of nine year olds, so to avoid any and all mental/emotional scaring watch them first.
If you’re an English teacher…
- “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” , chock-full of puns, British dry humor, and a text book example of the literary quest and the heroes journey
- "Romeo and Juliet" , a pretty obvious choice, but I would suggest the 1996 version directed by Baz Luhrman. Juxtaposing the old English against the modern interpretation makes for an interesting comparison to say the least
- “Dead Poets Society” a must, in my opinion. Not only do they study great literary works in the film. It shows how to inspire students. Robin William puts on a breath taking performance.
If you’re a Math teacher…
- “21”, students from M.I.T. are trained to count cards. They go to Vegas and win big. Math is finally cool.
- “Good Will Hunting”, Matt Damon is janitor at M.I.T, but is gifted in advanced mathematics. Honestly, it is more about Damon’s journey to find a sense of purpose than math, but hey, math is hard.
- “Money Ball”, The Oakland Athletics’ GM uses math and statistics to build a new team, and it has Brad Pitt, which is never bad
If you’re a History teacher…
- “Hotel Rwanda”, focuses more on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, and less on the genocide, which makes it easier to show in the class room. A great movie with a talented cast.
- "Forest Gump”, this films gives a comprehensive view of what the world was like from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Showing pivotal moments sin American history such as the war in Vietnam, the creation of Macintosh Computers, The Watergate Scandal, and the 60’s Counterculture.
- “Schindler’s List” Oskar Schindler , played by the man Liam Neeson, helps save countless lives by employing Jewish workers during the holocaust. Ralph Finnes gives a terrifying performance as Amon Goeth , a Nazi general. Warning: it can get a little violent
If you’re a Science teacher…
· “Planet Earth”, I cannot talk up this mini-series enough. It takes you all over the world exploring different animal’s plants, and ecosystems. It is broken up into ten parts, each exploring a different part of the world. The deep ocean, the jungle, and caves just to name a few. A biologists best friend, and the American version is narrated by Sigourney Weaver!
· "Wall-E", despite that fact that it’s animated, it was from Disney-Pixar, so you know it’s good. Earth has been deemed uninhabitable, so humanity has left leaving behind only a small robot, sounds fun. It subtly hints at the negative aspects of human consumerism, and the importance of environmental conservation.
· "The Island", don’t let the fact that Michael Bay directed it deter you from this film. The two protagonists are clones who quickly realize they are going to have their organs harvested, by the wealthy. It delves into some of the bigger questions behind genetics, and cloning.
These are all ideas of movies that I have seen and enjoyed. Did you like or dislike any of my choices, feel free to comment below.