About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Mona Lisa Smile | Teacher Features: Episode 4
4 days ago
For this episode we watched Mona Lisa Smile (2003) to evaluate Julia Roberts’ character, Katherine Watson. Ms. Watson is an art history professor at a prestigious women’s college, but her progressive beliefs rub a lot of students, parents, and faculty the wrong way. Katherine has to navigate through her first year teaching in a place where her views make her an outsider.
In this show we talk about what it’s like to hold different beliefs than the community in which you teach, and whether or not those beliefs have a place in the classroom. We also talk about how to deal with disrespectful students – is it better to smack them down in a public confrontation or find a diplomatic, private approach? What if that student is Kirsten Dunst?
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