The First Year Reflection
This documentary shows how remarkable teachers can be and the effort they put towards there classrooms. For the 5 teachers shown in the movie I hope that they are still the same and care for there students as they did in the film. The film did not just show the love and compassion they had for students but it showed daily struggles of these public school teachers with administration, parents, and the students. What really inspired me was how far and what the teachers were willing to sacrifice to make sure that their students were to succeed. This film put it in the perspective of how the teachers really feel and the challenges they need to face when wanting to teach in there first year. Some of the teachers like Joy Kraft was not even able to get her own classroom. Some teachers even had parents that would not show up to meetings even when they know there child was not doing well in school. Genevieve who was a middle school social studies and language arts teacher had many struggles during her first year teaching. There were personal issues and issues with students from her classroom. One of her best scenes was the conference she has with Marvin and his father. This scene showed the disappointment and love of the father, how embarrassed and shameful Marvin felt, and despite the disappointment Genevieve still cared for her student. There were many other great moments in the film where the teachers did not just interact with students, but also in their own personal lives. For example I remember the scene when Maurice went back to his hometown and sees a school playground where kids are playing and enjoying. He cries and watches the kids and says to himself that those are his kids even though they are not; I believe it shows how much he does care about his kids. Joy Kraft was also influential to her students while showing a video about homosexuality but then the way her teaching was may be...
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