Inspirational educator movies (because you deserve a break!)

The Maths Pathway team has put together a list of famous films, which are perfect to enjoy whilst waiting out isolation.

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The Maths Pathway team has put together a list of famous films, which are perfect to enjoy whilst waiting out isolation.

The world pandemic and remote learning has thrown educators into very fragile and unknown times — both as professionals and people. We’ve had to devise and innovate new ways of doing things to inspire students from afar. A few weeks in and it’s really no surprise we are feeling a little burnt out and overwhelmed

So, you deserve a break! While all eyes have been on you, it’s time to sit back and watch some other inspirational educators do great things. Watching one of these classics could be the perfect chance to spend time with your loved ones or, if there’s just still too much to do, have one playing in the background as the perfect white noise to plan to.

Freedom Writers

2007 ‧ Drama/Teen ‧ 2h 3m

Like Erin Gruwell, thinking about our students and classroom is not contained within school hours. We often buy resources with our own money and spend so much of our personal time planning and considering how to engage our students. Nothing truer than the age ol’ “teaching: the only profession where you steal from home and bring to work”. 

Dead Poets Society

1989 ‧ Drama/Teen ‧ 2h 20m

Like John Keating, we encourage students to be unique, grow and to learn to trust themselves. Additionally, we know stifling opportunities for creativity and seeking a deeper context can be detrimental for the emotional growth of our younger people.

School of Rock

2003 ‧ Comedy/Music ‧ 1h 49m

Like Dewey Finn would say, “you’re not hardcore unless you live hardcore”. Cmon, it’s teaching! There are frequently obstacles that dare test our passion for education, but we know what, and who, is at stake! We push through!  

Additionally, like Principal Rosalie “Roz” Mullins, being in leadership and administration isn’t always fun, easy or, sometimes, worth the fancy title. But we care about our school community and always try to do our best by them. 

Remember the Titans

2000 ‧ Sport/Drama ‧ 2 hours

Like Coach Herman Boone, we know change can be hard and that some need a little more guidance through it than others. We help our students to adapt, see different perspectives and accept that change is inevitable.  

Good Will Hunting

1997 ‧ Drama/Indie film ‧ 2h 6m

Like Will, sometimes our students teach us more than we hope to teach them. They can test our understanding of what “achievement” is and show us all new ways of looking at things that matter. It may challenge us but, deep down, we want them to have that autonomy and ownership of their educational pathways.

Mona Lisa Smiles

2003 ‧ Drama/Romance ‧ 1h 59m

Like Katherine Ann Watson, we sometimes have to weigh between our pedagogy and the expectations of society. We also don’t want our students to simply agree with us; we want them to reflect and think independently to form their own conclusions.

Dangerous Minds

1995 ‧ Drama/Thriller ‧ 1h 39m

Like Louanne Johnson, we always consider trying things a little more different as we innovate and reinvent ways to connect – logically and emotionally. (Yes, this is your cue to go listen to ‘Gangster’s Paradise’ if you haven’t recently!)

Coach Carter

2005 ‧ Sport/Drama ‧ 2h 16m

Like Coach Carter, mutual respect is such a powerful notion and thing to behold. It might take some tough lessons on both behalfs, but there’s just so much to learn in life together.


1996 ‧ Family/Comedy ‧ 1h 42m

Like Miss Honey, we provide a safe place for our students to let the magic happen. We also encourage students to see that times of hardship aren’t forever and that better times are ahead of us!

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