By Kathryn Oberg and Jake Scott
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Teacher Features is the podcast that explores what Hollywood gets right and wrong about education. In each episode we watch a movie that features a teacher. We then discuss what the teacher does well, what they do poorly, and what they could do to improve their teaching. Teacher Features is hosted by Kathryn Oberg and Jake Scott, two elementary school teachers in Minnesota.
||CleanBad Teacher | Teacher Features: Episode 12||Regrettably, this week we watched the movie Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz. This movie was terrible. We both hated it. Even Jason Segel could not elevate this dumpster fire of a movie. But maybe we can learn something from this, right?||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOctober Sky | Teacher Features: Episode 11||October Sky is the story of a rocket-loving boy named Homer and the teacher who inspired him. The teacher is Ms. Riley, played by Laura Dern. We watched October Sky and did an evaluation on Ms. Riley.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatilda (part 2) | Teacher Features: Episode 10||This week we continued our discussion of Matilda and did a teacher evaluation of Agatha Trunchbull, aka The Trunchbull, the principal at Matilda’s school. Ms. Trunchbull, a former Olympian, rules her school with an iron fist.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatilda | Teacher Features: Episode 9||For this episode we evaluated Ms. Honey, the loving primary school teacher from Matilda. Directed by Danny Devito, this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic middle grade novel tells the story of a gifted young girl named Matilda.||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Christmas Story | Teacher Features: Episode 8||In this special holiday episode we evaluate Ms. Shields from A Christmas Story. Shields is definitely old school – this movie takes place in the 30’s – but we can still apply some of her strategies in our modern classrooms. Ms.||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Wars: The Empire Strikes Back | Teacher Features: Episode 7||In this episode we watched Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and did an evaluation of Yoda’s teaching. Yoda isn’t a typical teacher like we’ve seen in the other movies we’ve reviewed. He’s doing a 1:1 Jedi training with Luke Skywalker.||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDead Poets Society | Teacher Features Podcast: Episode 6||Oh Captain, My Captain! We evaluate Robin Williams' teaching in Dead Poets Society||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMean Girls | Teacher Features: Episode 5||Exploring what Hollywood gets right and wrong about education||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMona Lisa Smile | Teacher Features: Episode 4||Looking at what Hollywood gets rights and wrong about education||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSchool of Rock | Teacher Features: Episode 3||The Podcast about what Hollywood gets right and wrong about education.||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFreedom Writers | Teacher Features: Episode 2||This week we watched Freedom Writers. In this 2007 movie, Hilary Swank plays Erin Gruwell, a young teacher who inspires students in an inner city high school. In our discussion of this movie, we touch on White Savior movies and how they are problematic||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKindergarten Cop | Teacher Features: Episode 1||Was Arnold Schwarzenegger a good teacher? This week we watched Kindergarten Cop and did an evaluation.||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Everything I've ever wanted in a teacher podcast! So funny and full of great insights... actually laughed out loud in a grocery store. Can't wait for more!
Great new podcast
This is both a great teacher podcast (of which there are few) and a great movie podcast (of which there are many). Anyone interested in teaching or film generally will enjoy this podcast. The hosts are lovable and knowledgeable teachers. Excited for them to get deep into the catalog of films about school.
Great concept. Funny and very well done movie podcast with some educational insight. Kathyrn and Jake had me laughing and loved the use of movie clips. Can't wait for more episodes (plese do dangerous minds!)