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Courtney Langton

Courtney is an aspiring high school teacher. Her teachables are History and English, but she's happy to teach anything that doesn't involve numbers or formulas. Her particular interest is in promoting gender equity and anti-oppression both in and outside the classroom. She writes a detailed To-Do list every morning, and enjoys nothing more than a good book and a plate of bacon on a rainy Saturday.

Jonathan Wong

Jonathan's primary interest is moral education. His teachable subjects are English and Music. He encourages critical thinking and hopes to teach his students to recognize, and strive for, what is truly important to them without forgetting to be compassionate, tolerant, and open-minded along the way. He likes making analogies and his favourite is one that compares life to jumping on a trampoline.

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Teachers on TV
Saturday, July 18, 2009

Let's preface this post by admitting that I'm a giant nerd. Who isn't, right?


My sister recommended a new TV show called "Glee." I thought it was a High School Musical rip-off and scoffed at it, but upon seeing a preview for it this morning, I decided to give the pilot a try.


Little did I know that Glee is actually funny, well-written, relatable, and-- best of all-- it's about teachers.


Well, it's about one specific teacher and the Glee Club he runs, but he and his fellow teachers are main characters and treated like human beings and everything!


Check out this sneak peek and you'll see what I mean:






This will be a show I follow closely when it premieres this fall. We've already written about teachers who go above and beyond for their students, and Will could be the poster boy for that kind of commitment. He pays their $60/month club fee out of his own pocket and does unpaid detention duty to reserve the auditorium, for heaven's sake!


There aren't many shows out there that teachers can watch and think, "Ha, that is SO my life." As someone who really enjoys the medium of television and uses it as a jumping-off point to an analysis and appreciation of my own life (yes, I already mentioned that I was a nerd...), it's exciting to find a show I can really relate to.


How about you, dear reader? What TV shows have you enjoyed from a teaching perspective? Can real value be culled from these diversions, or do shows like Glee, Boston Public, and Sit Down and Shut Up just remind you of work? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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