2e Tuesday: Teaching with Movies

As most everyone else runs around in the hustle and bustle of ‘back to school’ week, the kids and I are chilling out in the same general routine that we have all summer long. It’s nice! I’m glad we have the chance to wring every last bit of sunshine and warmth from the summer season.

However, something we do all year round is watch movies. Being very visual kids, they are drawn to very visual mediums…movies, TV, art history, graphic novels, etc. And, not really discriminating between high-brow learning or low-brow learning, I find it completely valid to use movies as a curriculum. I wrote a post about a dad that did just that, but I’m a little too distracted to find and link it right now–it’s not that many 2e tuesday posts back from this one, lol.

Anyway, here’s a website that also finds movies to be a valuable part of learning: Teach With Movies: Lights, Camera, Learn! You rent the movie, they provide detailed and really well planned out lesson plans. But I don’t mean boring, fill in the blank type plans. I mean, they provide thoughful questions about the movie to spark very interesting discussions. They also give information about the movie and what the different themes are.

Love it!

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4 Responses

  1. Cool idea. We have a few movies lined up for out first unit, too. We are also chilling this week- no real school shopping needed- no clothes, no supply lists, blah blah blah!

  2. Awesome resource, thanks!

    And I just love that I don’t have to worry about “school” shopping…we just work with what we have until the sales start and then stock up.

  3. Thanks for the tip on the website. We do a LOT of learning through movies in our house too!

  4. Thanks for this idea! I’m finishing reading David Gilmour’s The Film Club right now, and although we’re not at the teen years yet, I think the idea of learning through movies is a great one.

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