Movie Question: Can teachers show Front of the Class in their classrooms?

Jimmy Wolk in the Classroom

Jimmy Wolk in the Classroom

It is my hope that teachers will use Front of the Class to share my story with their students. Between the bullying that takes place to Brad saying “I just want to be treated like everyone else” their are many lessons to look at with Brad Cohen’s story. So many Character Education words come to mind that were a central theme in this story.

1) Positive Attitude
2) Perseverance
3) Passion
4) Honesty
5) Acceptance
6) Self Control
7) Respect for Others
8 ) Kindness
9) Accountability
10) Courage
11) Courtesy
12) Tolerance
13) Acceptance
14) Persistence
15) Self-respect
16) Motivation
17) Patience
18) Determination
19) Self-reliance
20) Self-confidence

ATTENTION TEACHERS and EDUCATORS and PARENTS: What lessons would you teach in the classroom after you show Front of the Class to your students? What conversations took place after parents and children watched the movie together?

I’d love to collect your thoughts so I can create a “Teacher Guide” to distribute to go along with the movie for when classrooms and families watch the movie. PLEASE SHARE!

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7 Responses to “Movie Question: Can teachers show Front of the Class in their classrooms?”

  1. Tricia Says:

    My daughter is almost fifteen, and on the outside she seems to be one of those kids that doesn’t have many problems. She’s thin, smart,pretty and kind and LOVES children. But like most teens, she struggles with where she fits in . She gets teased alot because she has not matured physically yet and gets called flat and a prude. We watched this movie together and it had a fabulous effect on her!! The next day she asked for it for Christmas. It helped her see that being different is ok, that you can wait for the right person to come along, that you CAN make a difference in a childs’ life(she wants to be a teacher, and so much more! Your story has changed how she feels about herself!!!

  2. eugene tava Says:

    great for her
    i,m a recreation / activities therapist where can i buy this film/movie
    please let me know
    thank u

  3. admin Says:

    It will be on DVD in Hallmark stores towards the end of Jan. Sign up on my wensite mailing list and I’ll keep you posted when it is ready! Cheers

  4. Ian MacDonald Says:

    I am 39 and 18 year veteran school teacher in Toronto, Canada, teaching high school Math. I have taught two boys that I know of that have/had TS. I watched your movie on CBS and was very moved by your story from both aspects. I always love teaching movies that confirm that I am a good teacher, and that also give me ideas of how to still improve my teaching. Also, it is very inspiring to see a male teacher of younger students, there are so few these days. We have to get more men into the younger grades. Congratulations on the movie and on being a great inspiration to lots of kids and adults.

  5. Maria Lewis Says:

    I stumbled on this movie and absolutely loved it. Just watching it makes me feel good and motivates me to be a better teacher. I teach 8th grade Health and this is a perfect example for my Goal Setting and Self-Esteem units. Thank you for giving my kids a positive role model for success. When does this come out on DVD? I saw one post saying January and another April.

  6. admin Says:

    Look for it at the end of March….that is the latest news I’ve heard. cheers

  7. Chase Trenholm Says:

    Superb post! Don’t forget to pass along the Wisconsin State School of Character Award Program 2011. Deadline for application is December 1, 2010. Application info here:

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"Brad Cohen is a walking billboard for the idea of living positively. He is like a cold drink on a hot day--refreshing, energizing, and likely to put a smile on your face."
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