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NPT 305/NPT 307 Prinicples & Methods of Teaching - Learning Assignment No.2
Principles and Methods of Teaching-Learning
Writing Assignment
A. INSTRUCTION. One of the requirements of this course is to complete 1 writing assignment per semester. Attached in this packet are the guidelines, instructions, and due dates for the assignments.  Please keep the following expectations in mind:

  1. Each assignment is worth 100 points.
  2. Read instructions carefully and be sure to complete all aspects of the assignments.  
  3. Be thorough and complete in your work.  Simple “yes/no” answers or “I agree” comments are not sufficient.
  4. The assignment was developed to correspond to chapters/topics we will be studying throughout the term.  You will get the most out of the assignments if they are done while – or shortly after – we study a particular topic/chapter.  Therefore, you will need to turn in your work by the deadlines designated in your syllabus and on the assignment sheet.  No late assignments will be accepted.
  5. All written assignments must be typed and double-spaced.
  6. Please use APA rules of citation.
  7. The deadline of submission is on  8 May 2019.
  8. Only hard copy of the assignment will be accepted.
NOTE: You can download the assignment pack here.
Each of your assignments is worth 100 points and will generally be graded by the following criteria:
  1. Demonstration of critical thinking, scholarship, and ability to connect and apply the material
  2. Comprehensiveness  and completeness of your responses
  3. Adherence to the written instructions
  4.  Spelling and grammar
C. ASSIGNMENT No. 2  (Movie Analysis and preparation of personal teaching philosophy)

PURPOSE: This assignment is related to lectures 2-5 of the Principles & Methods of Teaching - Learning. It is intended to understand and address the qualities of teachers that are portrayed in the movie selected (I provided a number of movies in the website). Before you begin, you need to read any book pertaining teachers, education, psychology of teaching and learning.

Type/Length of activity: Movie Analysis and preparation of personal teaching philosophy

Watch any one video provided for the assignment and address the following:

  1. What audience is targeted by the piece?
  2. What is the main point(s) or the main plot of the piece?
  3. How does the piece capture the essence of teaching and learning and address or analyze what the teacher/professor did with the students to address his concern(s) and discuss how you could have dealt with the students/situations if you are the teacher or the professor.
  4. What are the lessons and learning you got from watching the movie.
  5. Prepare your own personal teaching philosophy.

Write Your Report:
  1. Introduce the topic on the Principles of Teaching and Learning.
  2. Summarize the main points or the plot of the piece.
  3. Evaluate the situation of the teacher/professor and the students then justify your actions if you take the role of the teacher/professor in the movie.
  4. Conclude with a consideration on the action of the teacher/professor, the school authorities and the students.
  5. Prepare your own personal teaching philosophy.

  1. A paper about 4 pages long
  2. The paper must contain the following sections:
    • Introduction
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Statement of personal teaching philosophy.
3. Typed, double spaced, with 1 inch margins
4. Proofread for spelling and grammatical errors – and indent paragraphs
5. Provide in-text citations and reference any sources using APA format

Assignment Checklist

Before you turn in any written work, be sure you ask yourself the following:
 When is it due? ______________________________
 Is it typed and double-spaced?
 Did I answer all of the questions?
 Are my answers complete and thorough?
 Did I explain answers in my own words and avoid copying text from my textbook or other sources?
 If I needed to take information directly from another source, did I use quotation marks and cite my source (including the textbook), by indicating the author, publication date, and page number?
 When I provide my opinion, belief, or idea about something, did I also explain why and support my answer?
 Is my work proofread and free from grammatical errors?
 Do I understand what I wrote?
 If someone who did not know much about the topic I am writing about, understand it better after reading my paper?
 Do I have a backup copy saved?

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These are allowable movies for consideration (Choose any)

1. Dead Poets Society (1989)
Robin Williams gives a shockingly understated, touching portrayal of a teacher who brings inspiration to the lives of his straight-laced prep school students. A little saccharine but mostly sincere, Dead Poets Society is guaranteed to infuse poetry into the most prosaic days.

2. Teachers (1984)
Teachers taps into the realities of teaching with over-the-top satire, including disappearing desks, a brawl over the copy machine and a star substitute who is actually an escaped mental patient. Nick Nolte stars as the slacker hero who brings heart to this spoof.

3. Half Nelson (2006)
In this intense, indie drama, a friendship forms between a well-intentioned, drug-addicted teacher and his 13-year-old student who is trying to escape her convict brother’s fate. After she catches him smoking crack, the two alternately try to save the other while their own lives spiral out of control. Unlike most feel-good teacher movies, Half Nelson is about real people with real problems, but also maintains a tangible sense of hope.

4. Stand and Deliver (1988)
Based on a true story, Stand and Deliver depicts a rebellious math teacher who transforms his seemingly hopeless, apathetic students into the top-scorers in the state. Their achievement is so remarkable that the school board accused the Latino students of cheating. Just imagine this story in our test-obsessed age of NCLB.

5. Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
Classical musician Glenn Holland assumes that teaching will leave him plenty free time to compose his classical masterpiece. Instead, he finds his life’s passion in musical education. Mr. Holland’s Opus reminds us that, even when it seems frustrating and futile, teaching will can change lives – both your students and your own.

6. Remember the Titans (2000)
As two single-race Virginia high schools are forced to integrate in 1971, football coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) must transform his divided black and white players into a united team. Boone’s team faces prejudice and resistance at every turn, but they manage to find a common ground while tearing up the turf. Just as teachers shape students beyond the classroom, coaches shape who players become on and off the field.

7. Lean on Me (1989)
Morgan Freeman has played a limo driver, a U.S. president, a prison inmate and even God, but he takes on his most challenging role in Lean on Me. Freeman’s radical principal wanders the halls with a baseball bat, locks troublemakers out of school and refuses to accept any excuses. His extreme approach shocked teachers, students and the school board, but ultimately changes the lives and learning of his students. (Trivia: Freeman also had a small role in 1984’s Teachers)

8. October Sky (1999)
When everyone else in a kid’s life is pointing them in one direction, a teacher may be the only one who helps them blaze their own path. That’s the case in October Sky. A young Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an outcast teen with a passion for rocket launching in a 1950’s close-minded, coal-mining town. With the support of his teacher, he follows his passion to the state science fair, to college and eventually to NASA.

9. Dangerous Minds (1995)
Despite the Coolio connection (or maybe because of it), Dangerous Minds has become an iconic movie for the fish-out-of-water teacher. Ex-marine Louanne Johnson wins over her rebellious students with candy bars, karate and Bob Dylan. It may be trite, Hollywood and a cliché of “the great white hope,” but it is also shows compelling connections between a teacher and her students. Either way, no list of teacher movies would be complete without it.

10. Other Movies:  Detachment, Monalisa Smile, Pay It Forward, Finding Forrester, The Emperor’s Club, Akeelah and the Bees

Dead Poet's Society
The English Teacher
Pay It Forward
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