ED 200 Week Eight Part 2 (Spring 2022)

Hi everyone,

As we think of some of the great environments we can create as teachers, I would like to share with you some more powerful, and motivating environments that will continue to enhance your depth and breadth of understanding. I like all of these documentaries and I think you will too.

Please watch ONE of the following documentaries and answer the following questions.

Did you notice I said you answer these questions for just One of the documentaries? You don’t need to watch all four, even though they are good 🙂

As you watch the documentary of your choice, think about the way students are treated. Think about the way content is experienced. Think about how people are relating to each other. You won’t find ‘industrial’ schooling here.


Response Question 17: Please tell me the name of the documentary you watched: Brooklyn Castle, PS Dance, Life at 9, or Choosing Instructional Approaches.

Response Question 18: In a few sentences, please tell me what you feel are the most important things we learn from this video.

Response Question 19: Please tell me 3 things from the documentary you watched that reveal something about good ‘learning environments’ that contribute to student success?

**** Please note: Once you are finished these last third-set questions, please email your Third Response Set to me. Thanks!


Brooklyn Castle (1:42)


Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The I.S. 318 team’s victories go beyond a room full of trophies—through chess they learn patience and long-term planning, and the importance of analyzing the wrong or right decisions they make after the game. Chess provides skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives, regardless of what profession they choose. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard and demonstrates remarkable and improbable achievements of this dedicated team.





PS Dance! (52:00)

Step inside the halls of five NYC public schools and celebrate dance! Hosted by veteran TV journalist Paula Zahn, PS Dance! is a documentary that captures what happens when students have dance in their curriculum. The journey is one of imagination, curiosity, hard work and discipline. In these studios, dance is for every child.




Life at 9: Creativity (57:00)


Childhood creativity is an even greater predictor of success in later life than IQ. But why? What is creativity, and where does it come from? And how does creativity flourish? So in this episode we will test how creative our Life children are. Dr David Cropley, a leader in the field of innovation and creativity, takes our children through a series of creative exercises in the Life Lab and the results are astounding. For the first time we test our parents against their kids, in a race to see if today’s kids are more creative than their parents.




Choosing Instructional Approaches Full Video (58:26)


Arts teachers take on a variety of roles and use many different instructional techniques as they engage with their students. Teachers can be instructors, mentors, directors, coaches, artists, performers, collaborators, facilitators, critics, or audience members. In this session, participants follow a vocal music teacher as she takes on different roles in order to encourage students to find creative solutions to artistic challenges. Next, an acting teacher becomes a facilitator as his students report on research about theater history. Then a visual art teacher guides her students in a drawing assignment, varying her approach based on the students’ individual needs. Finally, two dance teachers engage students in critical analysis of a painting as a way to encourage expression with words as well as movement.





That’s all for today! I hope you feel as though you have some new insights and ideas for your future teaching.