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A Tale of Two Teachers

Mr. Keating and Mr. Humbert are both exemplary teachers within their respective fictional films.
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Jake Reynolds

on 14 November 2012

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Transcript of A Tale of Two Teachers

Mr. Keating Dead Poet's Society Background on Mr. Keating Played by Robin Williams
He is an English Teacher at Welton Academy, an aristocratic Prep School for boys.
His Class focuses predominantly on Poetry.
He is a former student of the School he teaches at.
Is somewhat of a rebel against the uptight and narrow minded approach to teaching at Welton. Demonstrates Leadership Commands the Attention of the Class without demeaning, patronizing or overpowering his students opinions. Encourages his students to pursue their hopes and dreams.
Examples:
Neil's Desire to Act
Encourages Neil to Speak to his father Respect For Students Is understanding of Todd Anderson's Fear of Public Speaking but still pushes him to overcome it.
Ex:
Gives him a personal exercise in self-reflection and creativity.
Respects Charlie Dalton's opinions and actions despite his attention seeking antics as the class clown.
Ex:
Allows Charlie to not participate in an exercise designed to teach students to go against societal norms.
Is adamant about the kids expressing their individuality and not conforming to the system they are expected to participate in.
Ex:
Discusses at length with another teacher about how all students should be taught to be free thinking individuals. A Tale of Two Teachers By: Jake Reynolds What Makes a Good Teacher? The 5 Standards of An Educator
Leadership
Respect for all Students
Knowledge of the Content
Facilitates Learning
Reflect upon their Practice
The Use of Multiple Teaching Strategies
The Ability to Impart information Knowledge of the Content Mr. Keating Displays a deep Knowledge and understanding of the content in which he teaches.
Mr. Keating has such a fine grasp upon poetry that he teaches almost the entire semester without the help of a textbook.
Furthermore there are numerous instances in throughout the film when simply recites from memory the poem being discussed or one that is simply applicable to the situation Facilitates Learning Mr. Keating Facilitates Learning in a Variety of Ways during the movie.
At one point he has all of the students write their own poems that they will present in class.
In order to give the students a different perspective he has them all stand on their desks during a lesson.
In a lesson on individuality and creativity he takes the students outside and has them walk, jump or run around in ways that are not typically accepted socially.
There is also a class in which the students go outside and play soccer but before they can pass or shoot they must recite the next line of a poem. Reflection of Practice Mr. Keating only teaches at Welton Academy for about a semester in the movie so there is little time for reflection upon his teaching methods. However he does reflect upon the advice he gave to his students to rebel against society and the restrictions that are put on him when one of his students commits suicide because his father refuses to let him be an actor. Teaching Strategies & Student Learning Auditory Teaching:
Lectures in the Front of the Room to the Class
Kinesthetic Teaching:
Has the students move about during class
Has the students play games or sports with the material
Relevance:
Provides relevance to the material by allowing the students to write their own poetry about whatever topic they like.
Ex: Overstreet's Love Poem Mr. Hundert The Emperor's Club Background on Mr. Hundert Played by Kevin Klein
Teaches Classical Greco-Roman History at St. Benedict's School for Boys.
Very Traditional Teacher
Gives and expects to receive respect from his students
More of a lecture based course
Is very passionate about his subject
Mediates an annual tournament to test the knowledge of the students on Roman History. Leadership Mr. Hundert exemplifies leadership in his classroom. He set a tone of high expectations and achievement on the first day of class, forcing his students to rise to the occasion.
Examples of Leadership:
Does not make his students do anything that he himself would not or could not do.
Wearing togas during class
Encourages all of his students to succeed, taking an active role in helping students who are struggling to succeed and stay motivated.
Takes time to assist and encourage Sedgewick Bell, a problem child who spends most of his time trying to disrupt class. Respects For Students Mr. Hundert demonstrates respect for his students in a variety of ways.
He takes the time and effort to learn the students names on the first day of class.
He encourages students of different backgrounds and interests to pursue their interests.
He encourages one of his students, Deepak in his interest in Hannibal and the Carthaginians despite the fact that it is not a part of their curriculum.
He treats Sedgewick with respect despite his constant misbehavior. He even goes so far as to not embarrass him in front during the tournament when he catches him cheating.
Shows a great deal of Respect for his students when he admits his mistakes. Knowledge of Content Mr. Hundert displays a vast knowledge of the material that he teaches. He is considered by many to be an expert in his field and is capable of reciting facts, dates, events and key figures in great deal from memory. Facilitates Learning Mr. Hundert facilitated learning within his class by attempting to make the information fun and interesting and by providing an incentive for learning the material.
Class was made more interesting by having students dress in togas and debate as if they were in the Roman Senate.
Instead of simply memorizing facts about key figures and major events the students also would read plays and stories aloud in class, with each student having a part to read.
Ex: Julius Ceasar
Encouraged students to create study groups in order to better learn the material before the tests and quizzes.
He also used a variety of methods to assess student learning.
Quizzes
Random Questions in Class
The Julius Caesar Tournament Reflection of Practice Mr. Hundert does a great deal of reflection on his teaching during the second half of this movie. This reflection is due largely to Sedgewick Bell Cheating during the Julius Caesar contest. For over 25 years Mr. Hundert sees Sedgewick as his greatest failure and blames himself for not being able to reshape his character. The movie ends with Mr. Hundert realizing that while it is his job to shape young minds he cannot dwell on the students who refuse to change despite his best efforts. Instead the movie ends with him taking pride in the success and accomplishments of his other former students. Teaching Strategies and Understanding Auditory:
Mr. Hundert's primary teaching strategy is through spoken lecture
Class discussions in which the students argue a point or take on the role of a historical figure are also used
Visual:
Mr. Hundert Provided detailed notes, diagrams and drawings on the board during his lectures for students to read, copy and use as supplementary information.
Mr. Hundert had a variety of paintings, sculptures and decorations that set the classroom in a classical roman theme and provided interesting information for the students.
Kinesthetic:
Mr. Hundert would have students stand up to read a plaque on the wall or answer a question on the board.
Understanding:
At a reunion 25 years later his students still remember much of the information that he taught them. http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/the-emperors-club/how-will-history-remember-you Video Clip Outcomes Mr. Keating:
Mr. Keating is blamed for the Death of his student Neil and is subsequently fired.
However the movie ends with the students standing up for Mr. Keating and demonstrating one his many lessons as he leaves the school for good.
Mr. Hundert:
Continues Teaching at St. Benedict's for many years.
Is denied the position of headmaster at the school but quickly discovers that he is more than content with remaining in the classroom.
From the events in the movie he learns to not take the failures of his students personally and appears to be a better teacher for it.
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