Last lesson we gave some thought as to stories and narratives. We also thought about the way other people’s stories about us can impact our own life.
Today I would like to share with you a documentary about new teachers. Notice the questions I have provided at the end of the video. You might want to keep those questions in mind as you watch the documentary.
Also, please recall, if you don’t have access to the video here on this page, you can access it from the WOU Library’s Films on Demand. I gave you the instructions for accessing those in Lesson One.
If you do access the documentary via films on demand, when you find this image, click on the link that says: “From Title: TEACH”. That will take you to the full length documentary.
When you get to the video you will see “FULL PROGRAM” and “Full Video (01:28:13).
Now on with the show
We all have had a teacher who’s shaped us, inspired us, even scared us, and whom we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today. To look at education in America, Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim brings us his third documentary TEACH, which asks the question, What does it take to be a teacher? Offering a rare glimpse inside four public school classrooms, Guggenheim invites us to follow the struggles and triumphs of America’s education system through the eyes, minds, and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers. Intense and emotional, this year-in-the-life of four public school teachers illustrates how tenacity, innovation, and a passion drives these educators as they navigate the ups and downs of the 2013 school year.
Response Questions Continued From Last Lesson
Each of the teachers has a story, or a narrative. The stories they have of themselves helps them maintain a positive attitude and to persevere through the difficult times. The story each one possesses also helps them overcome challenges that others might find too difficult. And, the story they have helps them relate to the students they teach.
Answer each of the following questions in a couple of sentences each.
10. How do you think Shelby Harris would describe herself as a teacher? In other words what story does she have for herself as a teacher?
11. What is the story Shelby Harris has for her students? In other words, what does she believe about students?
12. How do you think Joel Lagorma would describe himself as a teacher? In other words what story does he have for himself as a teacher?
13. What is the story Joel Lagorma has for his students? In other words, what does he believe about students?
14. How do you think Matt Johnson would describe himself as a teacher? In other words what story does he have for himself as a teacher?
15. What is the story Matt Johnson has for his students? In other words, what does he believe about students?
16. How do you think Lindsey Chen would describe herself as a teacher? In other words what story does she have for herself as a teacher?
17. What is the story Lindsey Chen has for her students? In other words, what does she believe about students?