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using films to teach

Discussion in 'Personal' started by neep, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. does anyone use any films to teach - am thinking prejudice/ social issues etc
    what issues does your favourite film raise?
  2. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    It's called 'Media Studies'. You might get a better response in the Subjects > Media Studies forum, where most contributors could teach this sort of stuff in their sleep (and sometimes do).
  3. That's not a very helpful reply. I assume that the op wants to use film clips to teach topics like morality, youth crime, religion etc. Quite a few teachers at my school do this very effectively - the kids like it and it gets the message across in a way that can be used as a basis for further study/discussion. The actual film used will vary acording to the topic being covered.

  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I see. So the next time someone asks about teaching with film I shouldn't point them in the direction of experienced subject specialists for whom it's their daily bread and butter, and who have encountered most of the pitfalls. Or don't mere Media Studies teachers count?

    No sh*t Sherlock.
  5. You obviously don't know what Media Studies involves. You seem to have a bit of a chip on your shoulder.
  6. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I suppose all that time I spent leading Media in a Media specialist school counts for nothing then. Just think - all those poor children who suffered from my ineptitude. Good call highschooler - I've seen the light. I didn't want to teach Media anyway, I always wanted to be..

  7. I somehow knew you were going to say you taught/teach Media Studies! My point is that the op seems to want to USE film (clips) to aid his/her teaching, not teach ABOUT film (or other media).
    And your sarcasm is pathetic - literally.
  8. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I think even a Media Studies teacher would be able to work that one out - I certainly did. One of my subject leader roles was to encourage other subjects to use film in their teaching, and most of them seemed to benefit from my advice, hence my referring the OP to other Media specialists. Quite a few of the other subjects came up with their own ideas which was fine, but all of them were grateful for pointers from someone who'd been dealing with it on a daily basis. If you want to teach using cross-curricular ICT it's worth your while at some point to chat with an ICT teacher. Surely the same applies if you want to incorporate the textual analysis of moving image into your subject.

    Ah highschooler, without my negativity I'm nothing ;-)
  9. >> I think even a Media Studies teacher would be able to work that one out
    Your chip is showing again!
    Maybe you should use your expertise and experience to advise the op.

  10. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I already have, in the second post on this thread.

    Anyway, time for me to stop - the other children will be tiring of our little Punch and Judy show, and the OP wants answers. Feel free to get the last word in if you wish.
  11. So your advice is to look elsewhere? A bit of a cop-out, given your expertise.
  12. Nice of you two experts to help out the OP like that. I think it depends largely on the issues and on the ages of the pupils. I think soaps are quite a good source for this kind of subject matter but you'd have to watch them a lot to get the right episodes. South park is surprisingly good ( but be careful! ) on prejudice, peer pressure, immigration and other stuff.
  13. I don't claim to be an expert.
  14. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    None that TES will allow me to mention on here ...
  15. In answer to the OP, for spiritual and moral clips/lessons etc try www.damaris.org. There are lots of ideas and I find the assembly ideas also work well for lesson starters.
  16. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    I don't use films to teach (other than ad clips etc) however my favourite film is the Green Mile and I think that could show a range of issues that might be of use for what you mentioned. x
  17. There are lots of ideas out there on the Internet for using clips. The Damaris website has some excellent spiritual and moral lesson plans with films. Also the BBC schools Pshe/ citizenship section.
  18. I use films quite a bit actually. I enjoy it and the kids do too!
    A good link for prejudice and discrimination is the BBC Panorama "Hate on the Doorstep". Google it and you will be able to find a (dodgy!) link.
    Also good for prejudice, discrimination, conformity etc is the film "Mean Girls". Its good for highlighting social aggression as well and a whole load of other issues - if you want a list of topics covered in this film I'll be more than happy to email stuff to you. Just let me know your address.
    Another good one is The Experiment which is based on the Stanford Prison Experiment in the 1970s. Shows how people take on roles which are given to them and how prejudice and discrimination result from these roles.
    Finally, Green Street or The Football Factory - good for looking at deindividuation but probably only suitable for Yr 12 & 13.
    If I think of any others I'll let you know.

    Just thought of another - Lord of the Flies - shows realistic conflict theory which results in prejudice. Loads of pop songs have been influenced by this film as well - just do a quick wiki search!
  19. I will always remember watching "A Time To Kill" in my GCSE RE class in a lesson about racial prejudice and discrimination. It stuck with me and made me almost cry. It had the same effect watching it in an aeroplane on the way back from LA 6 years later but I do think it's a marvellous film. Sorry-that's probably a bit off topic!
  20. We use films as part of the media section of our GCSE RE course there are some great clips organised into themes on wingclips.


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