6 Amazing Movies Every Teacher Should See
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When was the last time you watched a movie that truly inspired you? A film that made you relate or want to become that character to inspire others? Can’t remember? You’re in luck! We have compiled a shortlist of movies that need to be on your watch list asap. These films consist of teachers going above and beyond for their students and learning about themselves along the way. Here are movies every teacher needs to see!
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Winner of an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Dead Poets Society stars Academy Award winner Robin Williams in an extraordinary story of how one teacher can change lives. Welton Academy for boys is a prestigious school that breeds the future leaders of tomorrow. Attending such an institution holds a lot of pressure on these young men. Every teacher in this school applies the highest possible standards and conformity, except one – Mr John Keating.
People at Welton may say his teaching style is unorthodox, but that does not stop him from doing what he loves. Roommates Todd Anderson and Neil Perry are sent to Welton Academy by their strict parents and cannot seem to catch a break. In Mr Keating’s class, they learn many lessons such as you must constantly look at things differently, words and ideas can change the world, and more iconically, “Carpe Diem” – seize the day. Anderson, Perry, and some of their friends recreate the “Dead Poets Society” after being inspired by Mr Keating. Through love and loss, these boys are about to learn a lesson they will never forget.
Watch the trailer: Dead Poets Society
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
Golden Globe nominee for best screenplay and the best leading actor, Mr Holland’s Opus stars Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss in an outstanding performance of the fulfilment of a music teacher. Glen Holland only ever had two lifelong plans, to raise a family and write symphonies, maybe not in that order. Before he can fulfil his dreams of becoming a great composer, he needs to face the music and start working as a music teacher to gain funds. Holland has his mind made up that these children are unteachable. The only way to get through to these kids is to teach them what he knows. From Beethoven to rock and roll, these kids are finally feeling the beat. Through challenges and accomplishments, Holland is beginning to learn these students have a lot to teach him. Out of all the lives, he changed, the most that changed was his own.
Watch the trailer: Mr. Holland Opus
The Ron Clark Story (2006)
Based on real-life educator Ron Clark, this movie stars Golden Globe nominee and Friends star Matthew Perry as Ron Clark. Inside New York City’s worst classrooms, Clark is determined to make a difference. Specializing in raising test scores, Clark promises he can improve their test scores by Christmas break. Everyone said they could not be taught or controlled, and it was a failure from the start. Clark is about to learn how helpless these children truly are. It is not that they are incapable, but they have to grow up so fast that getting an education is one more thing they need to do. How can he make their lives better when everyone (even the ones they love) think they are worthless? Follow the story of setting the bar higher and having the passion to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Watch the trailer: The Ron Clark Story
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Freedom Writers (2007)
Based on a remarkable true story, one teacher is determined to make a difference for the students in Long Beach, California. The film stars Academy Award Hilary Swank, Golden Globe nominee Patrick Dempsey, and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton. Erin Gruwell (Swank) begins her first teaching job at Woodrow Wilson High School. The recent integration of the school has almost everyone on edge. Nothing could have prepared Gruwell for what her classroom would bring. Tension and hatred exist both in and out of the classroom, as the majority of the students are gang-affiliated.
The only thing they have in common is their dislike of Gruwell. To connect with her students on a personal level, Gruwell discusses a recent drive-by shooting. This hits hard for many students as many have lost people due to gang-related violence. This discussion allows her to know what she is fully up against and how she can help. She sets an assignment that involves the students writing in a daily journal. The journals are not graded and will be unread (unless said otherwise by the student), and truly allows the students to open up about their lives. Trying to teach at a low budget school is no joke, as Gruwell uses all the resources she can to give these students the best education. Will it be enough?
Watch the trailer: Freedom Writers
Finding Forrester (2000)
In the forgotten corner of the Bronx, something hidden is about to be discovered. Oscar-winner Sean Connery and Rob Brown star in the wonderful story of an unlikely friendship between a basketball prodigy and a hermit author. William Forrester (Connery) was a great 20th-century author that Jamal Wallace (Brown) is learning about at his private school. Forrester only wrote one book and has never been heard from since. Many believed Forrester died, but Jamal is about to uncover the truth after sneaking into an abandoned apartment. Their mentorship begins after Forrester agrees to review Jamal’s writings if no one knows his true identity. At Jamal’s prep school, his professor does not believe he wrote his pieces because he is a basketball player. Follow the journey of how Forrester and Jamal find the courage to be seen.
Watch the trailer: Finding Forrester
Summer School (1987)
Golden Globe nominee and NCIS star Mark Harmon is going to teach you summer school is no joke. Freddy Schoop loves cutting class, hates homework, and lives for summer vacation. The thing is, Freddy Schoop is not a student, he is the gym teacher at Ocean Front High and is about to do the one thing he hates most – teach summer school. The students he will teach are irresponsible, not too bright, and unmotivated. Fortunately, Freddy is not your typical English teacher and has a unique approach. Through summer school, Freddy begins to connect with his students and learn just how intelligent they are, if they put their minds to it.
Watch the trailer: Summer School
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Right to access personal information
- Under the law, any individual has a right to ask for a copy of the personal information held about them. This means that you can ask for the information that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD holds about you. This is known as the right of ‘subject access’.
- When making a request you will need to give us:
- a request in writing (by post or by email)
- We may need to ask you to provide:
- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.