Mr. Holland’s Opus: Lou Finds the Beat Assignment
February 18th, 2020
After you have watched the video clip, look carefully at the Large-Group Participation and the Key Observations in your text. It is interesting to note that the fact the coach’s challenge to be a better teacher was instrumental in Mr. Holland’s trying to teach more effectively. Our goal is to create school communities where peers can push each other in this way. It doesn’t work nearly as well as coming from the principal!
- How do you respond to the last statement?
- Is it really true that teachers respond better to each other in the challenge to become better at what they do rather than when it comes from the principal? If so, what does that say to how you will handle those situations when you become a school principal?
- How could the coach get away with saying, “Then you’re a lousy teacher?” (It is probably logical that you would not use those kinds of words to your teachers, or would you)?
Mr. Holland did not succeed with his first few attempts, but he kept trying. These are tough times for teachers.
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