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
Matilda | 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. Matilda is a genius and when she goes to school her teacher immediately recognizes her gifts. However, the wicked principal, Ms. Trunchbull, is not supportive and runs her school like a weird children’s prison. To make things worse, Matilda’s parents are negligent and cruel. Matilda’s father makes a living cheating people at his car dealership, while her airhead mother fritters her days away at the Bingo Hall.
Ms. Honey is a loving, supportive teacher. It’s hard to say exactly how effective her methods are, as they’re not depicted, but we were able to draw conclusions based on what is shown.
Katherine had a particular affinity for this movie when she was a students because she sort of resembled Matilda. She had the same haircut when she was a kid.
If anyone wants to go see the musical version of Matilda, Jake and Katherine would really love to go with you. It combines so many of the things we love: teaching, kids books, musicals. It’s coming to Minneapolis soon. Maybe we’ll see you there.
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