Do Movies Belong in the Classroom?

As both a parent and a teacher, I often struggle with two conflicting voices in my head.

As a parent, I question the value of movies in the classroom. I want more reading, writing and arithmetic. I wonder what value a film has, especially when my children can read the book and use their vivid imaginations so well.

As a teacher, I’ve used movies in the classroom and recognize the value of media. Films can help students visualize concepts and strengthen knowledge. Movies can present material in a way that enables conveying information in a short period of time. I must also admit that movies can be far more entertaining and interesting than listening to me lecture!

Here’s some food for thought:

  • In what areas in education do you feel conflicted as a parent and teacher?
  • What movies do you use in the classroom and why?

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Ellen Paxton is the Chief Learning Officer of Professional Learning Board. As a two time National Board Certified Teacher, Ellen has successfully designed and delivered research-based and standards-aligned curriculum to help teachers meet their continuing education requirements. Through,, and, Ellen has established and maintained partnerships with several accredited universities, higher education institutions, teachers’ unions and state Departments of Education while overseeing curriculum development, alignment, implementation at the classroom level and strategic direction.