We all have had a teacher who’s shaped us, inspired us, even scared us, and whom we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today. In his third documentary to look at education in America, Davis Guggenheim brings us “TEACH,” which asks the question: what does it take to be a teacher? Offering a rare glimpse inside four public school classrooms, Guggenheim invites us to follow the struggles and triumphs of America’s education system through the eyes, minds and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers.
Intense and emotional, this year-in-the-life of four public school teachers illustrates how tenacity, innovation and a passion drives these educators as they navigate the ups and downs of the 2013 school year. Throughout "TEACH," viewers are taken into the public district school classrooms of: Matt Johnson, a 4th grade teacher at McGlone Elementary, Denver, Colorado; Shelby Harris, 7th grade math teacher at Kuna Middle School, Kuna, Idaho; Joel Laguna, a 10th grade AP World History teacher at Garﬁeld High, Los Angeles, California; and Lindsay Chinn, a 9th grade Algebra teacher at MLK Early College, Denver, Colorado.
These educators mentor their students to overcome obstacles and strive for success. While they all aspire to be the best at their jobs, Guggenheim’s subjects are diverse in every way, implementing unconventional and collaborative methods, teaching different subjects and age groups in a range of communities. Yet, they all have one common denominator—the grit and resolve to hang in and make a difference to their students. A two-hour special television event presented by Participant Media, “TEACH” can be viewed on pivot or downloaded on iTunes.
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