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TEACH DISCUSSION GUIDE

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Directed by Academy Award® winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim and narrated by Queen Latifah, TEACH is a feature length film that follows four teachers throughout their year educating students and doing the extraoridnary work they do in educating our youth.  TEACH.  It's not a job, it's a mission. 

The Teach Discussion Guide is intended for students, parents, educators, administrators, and general audiences interested in organizing or facilitating a screening of the documentary TEACH. The guide can be implemented in community screenings, workshops, or house parties, and can easily be adapted for use at home, in the classroom, or for a professional development workshop. Each suggested activity has been created to facilitate dialogue surrounding the issues explored in this 90-minute documentary special.

Every member of the community has a role to play in supporting our teachers, and in turn, keeping public education strong, vibrant, and innovative for every American child. There is a substantial amount of information in this guide, so it is up to the host or facilitator to decide which activities are most useful and relevant for his or her event. Facilitators should consider audience, timeframe, and venue as they read through this guide.

The "Viewing Guidelines" section offers activities for groups, families, or individuals before, during, and after watching the film. These activities are opportunities for viewers to make connections between the documentary and their own experiences, as well as to encourage a robust conversation. For screenings that are accompanied by a panel discussion, material from the "Questions for Further Discussion" can be used to prompt thoughtful dialogue. Because one of the primary objectives of the film is to inspire real-life change, there is a comprehensive section that can help each of us make a difference, by giving back to our teachers and helping students - both individually and through established organizations. By engaging with this guide, audiences will deepen their understanding of the film’s content, and will be provided with the tools to help turn inspiration into action. Participants can also access the official website, www.takepart. org/teach, to learn more about inspiring the next generation of great teachers – and even find out how you can become a teacher yourself!

 

About The Film

We all have had a teacher who's shaped us, inspired us, even scared us, and whom we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today. To look at education in America, Davis Guggenheim brings us his third documentary "TEACH," which asks the question, What does it take to be a teacher? Offering a rare glimpse inside four public school classrooms, Guggenheim invites us to follow the struggles and triumphs of America's education system through the eyes, minds, and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers. Intense and emotional, this year-in-the-life of four public school teachers illustrates how tenacity, innovation, and a passion drives these educators as they navigate the ups and downs of the 2013 school year.

Courtesy: Participant Media LLC.

 

 

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