Sunday, August 17, 2014

1st Day of Class: Mr. Holland's Opus [VID] Fa14

The following are a few scenes from "Mr. Holland's Opus." I edited the scenes together and posted them on YouTube.  This video captures well part of my teaching philosophy.  I usually show and discuss this video the first week of class.

Quotes to Discuss on the First Day of Class: 

"A teacher has two jobs. Fill young minds with knowledge, yes. But more importantly give those minds a compass so that knowledge does not go to waste." - Principal Jordan

"There is a lot more to music than notes on a page... Playing music is suppose to be fun. It's about heart. It's about feelings and moving people and something in beautiful in being alive. It is not about notes on a page. I could teach you notes on a page. I can't teach you that other stuff." -- Mr. Holland

"You already know it. It's already in your head and your fingers and your heart. You just don't trust yourself to know that." -- Mr. Holland

Note 1: This collection of clips begins with the first day of class and then on to subsequent student-teacher interactions throughout a semester.

Note 2: These clips are edited together in such a way to highlight questions about pedagogy, but not spoil the film, if you have not seen it. I'd strongly encourage you to watch the full film. There is much more in the film.

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