This list is pretty basic. All Hollywood versions of teaching. While many of these are entertaining, the often do more harm to the art of teaching, than showcase the realities of teaching and being a teacher.
Just off the top of my head, here are a few I highly recommend.
one of my favorite films about how teachers in public school can change the system by just doing what they know is right.
From August to June
Shares the stories of the students at an Open Public School and their teacher Amy Valens. Really beautiful film that shows the journey over the course of one year and the everyday learning that happens that can’t be measured by a test.
School of Rock.
This shows the power of project based learning and passion based education. Plus it rocks!
a highly informative and entertaining documentary, filled with engaging teachers, students and lessons will surely bring much needed attention to a long neglected and critical aspect of the debate around public education.
There are plenty more….. but here are some to start with!
Just watched The First Grader last night (Now available on Netflix instant) A true story about an 84 year old man’s journey to learn to read and reclaim some of what he lost during British colonial rule. A beautiful portrait of learning and the power of compassion.
A few years ago, while plodding through a revision of my novel (revisions require the writer’s equivalent of heavy-duty hiking boots), I got bored by my writing. It was too literal, too realistic, too earnest, and too flat.
Most writers are all too familiar with this feeling after a red-eyed reading of a draft. I needed a way to literally jar my narrative sensibility. I needed jazz, punk rock, Jackson Pollock, Merce Cunningham, something.
Around this time, I read a quote by Emily Dickinson that remains among my favorite writing advice: “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”
I started reading poetry avidly and discovered that by focusing on the exquisite “slant” poetry offers, the “truth” I was trying to capture became more piquant, surprising, nuanced, playful, and meaningful to me.
So, in honor of National Poetry Month and Poem In Your Pocket Day, here are my 10 reasons prose writers should read—and hopefully write—poetry.