World Teacher's Day: Five iconic teaching movie moments

World Teacher's Day: Five iconic teaching movie moments

"It's the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom." - Michael Morpurgo.

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You probably don't need us to tell you this, but teachers are an essential part of life.

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And if there is one thing all parents learnt during this lockdown, it's that teachers really do the most, every single day.

Even if you thought you knew that teaching was a hard, and sometimes a thankless job, this last year might have given you some much-needed perspective.

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There is no doubt that teachers have an incredible influence on children, teens, and even adults, and have the ability to make a difference in so many lives with the tiniest of actions. 

We all remember that one teacher that maybe went out of their way a little bit more than the others to help you or maybe there was just one that had a special place in your heart for no specific reason.

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This reminds us of all the inspirational movies where they emphasise the important role of the teacher.

And who can say no to a moving, tear-jerking moment where the teacher has a breakthrough with their students?

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Here are a few of the best movie teachers who will once again make you appreciate the very necessary role teachers have to play in society. 

1. 'Remember The Titans'

This movie follows the story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as an integrated team. As if the plot wasn't enough to get you emotional already, it's based on a true story:

2. 'Dead Poets Society'

Where do we even begin? This has to be one of Robin Williams' most iconic movies and if you watch this entire film without shedding one tear, then you need to make a doctor's appointment because there is clearly something wrong with your heart:

3. 'School Of Rock' 

Sure, Jack Black might not be the most conventional portrayal of a teacher in this movie, but that's what makes it so great! And that's also the point of the plot. While it might not be as dramatic as the other selections, the lessons learnt while watching this hit just as hard:

4. 'Freedom Writers'

Another based-on-a-true-story situation that will have you on the edge of your seat while you wipe away tears. The story follows a young teacher who has to overcome many obstacles in order to teach her class of at-risk teens. From violence to gang activity, this once again proves that being a teacher is anything but easy:

5. 'Matilda'

No list would be complete without the iconic Miss Honey, who could not have been more perfect even if she tried. Every little kid who just finished watching this movie was dreaming about having a teacher like Miss Honey... for obvious reasons.

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Now that we've established that there are some really special teachers out there, it is important to acknowledge that teachers have to deal with many types of personalities and uniquely different kids every single day.

They also have to deal with the parents, but that's a story for another day.

If you think back to school, you'll agree that there are very clear differences in the types of students that fill the hallways.

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There are the preppy, goody-two-shoes kids, the rebels, the artistic kids, the jocks, you get the idea.

And while we all might want to pretend like none of us were in cliques or we didn't act like some student stereotype, let's not lie.

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Whether you wanted to or not, there was definitely one category that you probably leaned towards a little more than the others.

Stacey and J Sbu decided to ask KZN: What classroom character were you?

Here's what they had to say: 

And as if we haven't attacked enough just yet, this video perfectly portrays every student ever:

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