I remember way back in school when the teacher would roll out that lovely tv on a cart. I
rarely knew exactly which video was on the roster that day, but it was often better than regular
classwork. It’s always fun for kids to have variety so with the advent of streaming options (like
Amazon and Hulu) and DVD rental services (like Redbox and Netflix), there are plenty of options
for media use in schools and homeschools alike.
Any topic can be taught using movies. Documentaries are available for topics from poverty to
living in counties outside of the US to how to make things. On top of that, there are TV shows
about history, physics, and Earth.
If you find that a topic has not yet been covered, consider it a challenge and ask your
students to research and produce their own documentary. Consider creating a YouTube or
SchoolTube channel. Or, if you prefer, create a website where you can instantly post the movie
your students create.
To extend learning, ask students to consider what happens next, how they can help if a
topic requires action, or to retell the information. Allow for individualized or group projects.
Give options for presentations which are flexible such as songs, art, acting it out, etc.
Don’t be afraid to learn with your students. Nobody knows everything. Learning together is a
great way to show that you are human. Plus, learning with kids helps them understand that you
are a life-long learner, which shows them the pros of being a learner for life.
So, what are you waiting for? Teaching through movies is only a click or two away. ?
About Melissa, The Reading Coach
I earned my master’s degree in reading and literacy as well as an ESE graduate certificate. I hold a current teaching certificate and am working on my PHD in general psychology. As a consultant and reading coach, I focus on early childhood education, elementary education, reading and literacy, study skills, thematic units, and social skills. Additional services include public speaking, transcript preparation, and more. I look forward to putting my teaching experience and degrees to work for you.
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