Monday, September 14, 2015

TTT Freebie: Favorite Teachers

Monday, September 14, 2015 11:08 PM with 11 comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme/original feature hosted byThe Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list for today plus links to a whole slew of other blogs. After you read mine, of course.

Today's topic is: Favorite Teachers
As I start my second year as an English teacher, I've been thinking about some of my favorite teachers in pop culture (movies, books, TV shows). I was working on this post on its own, so when I saw this weeks TTT was a freebie, it was like the stars had aligned...


Mr. Kinney in Golden by Jessi Kirby
Mr. Kinney is an English teacher that starts every year by having his seniors write a journal based on the Mary Oliver quote:  "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" He then keeps the journals for ten years and then mails them out to their owner. I love this idea...and I love that this book positively portrays an English teacher. Teachers in YA are rarely positive characters, which makes me sad.


Bill Anderson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I love how Mr. Anderson is there, but doesn't push. I also love that he is happy to give his own copies of books to Charlie to read because he's obviously ahead of his classmates...and loves to read.


Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls
Tina Fey can pretty much do no wrong in my book. She is brilliant here as a teacher who cares, but is also just kind of dry and fed-up with teenage shit. LOVE her.

Mr. Katimski from My So-Called Life
"No one should...hate who they are." Mr. Katimski that reaches out to poor Ricky. I could watch this show over and over and it would still never get old. I HAVE watched this show over and over and it truly never gets old.


John Keating in Dead Poets Society
I'm not going to lie: I STILL dream of teaching at a private school with ivy walls because of this movie. Oh Captain, My Captain.


Mr. Hall in Clueless
Like Ms. Norbury, Mr. Hall cares about his students, but he just doesn't understand their...cluelessness (I'm sorry, I had to).


Katherine Ann Watson in Mona Lisa Smiles
A feminist before her time, Professor Watson just wants her female students at an all-girls college to realize that they don't HAVE to just be housewives. I don't love this movie, but I do love her character.


Professor X in The X Men
Brilliant, compassionate, and telepathic. Oh to be able to speak into my students' heads. Lol.

Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter
Professor McGonagall is the WOMAN! There is really nothing else to say about it.


Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter
No favorite teacher list could possibly be complete without Professor Dumbledore. My love for him really knows no bounds. Brilliant, real, funny, brave, I don't have enough adjectives. Although this makes me giggle EVERY time I see it:

Imagine how awesome we would all be if we would have had teachers like this. I try to remind myself of this daily. It's so hard when the students won't stop talking and don't do their homework and ask me what they are supposed to be doing mere seconds after I just explained it...for the UMPTENTH time, but I can't forget why I'm there. I strive to be the teacher that will impact their lives in a positive way. I'll never be Professor Dumbledore...but I can sure try to be their Dumbledore.

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  1. Ohhh Professor X and Hogwarts professors. Love it!
    For my Top Ten Tuesday FREEBIE I decided to da: Authors I Have Discovered Through Goodreads (

  2. It would've been fantastic to have some of these teachers when I was in school! But actually I did have one teacher in high school who was so amazing that she changed my life and the lives of so many of her students, so she would fit right in on this list! That thing about Dumbledore cracks me up every time, too, though lol. Here's my TTT :-)

  3. There are some great teachers on this list! I also love Remus Lupin from HP and Mr. Feeney from Boy Meets World. I also read a pretty good teacher character recently in The Last Time We Say Goodybe by Cynthia Hand, but she was a pretty minor character.

  4. Ahhh! I love so many of these teachers. I think my favorites are Mr. Keating, Mr. Katimski, Dumbledore and Mr. Kinney. Love all of them! Great picks!

  5. What a wonderful list. And I love seeing Robin Williams anywhere - I miss him so. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This topic is awesome. Teachers are great (most of the time). I have to say, McGonagall is my absolute favourite. Maggie Smith is a godsend.

    My list

  7. Nice theme for this week's TTT post!!

    I chose to focus on banned books as Banned Books Week is coming up later this month!! Here's a link to my TTT post for the week:

  8. oh yes! I adored John Keating (oh Captain, my Captain!) and Katherine Watson and of course Dumbledore!! I also loved Mr. Holland from the appropriately-named Mr. Holland's Opus. My TTT

  9. Great list!
    My TTT:

  10. Professor X!!!! Awesome! I love it! And Mr. Kinney is a great person to add. I really love the project that he started. I wished I had a teacher that had done that.

  11. I don't know all of these, but from the ones I know you made good choices! I have so much respect for good teachers. Kids are so exhausting to me, and I imagine it doesn't often feel like you're making a difference at the time you're teaching someone (though maybe it does??), but good teachers are SO important.

    I LOVE McGonagall. She's the BEST. One of my very favorite Harry Potter characters for sure. She just cares so much, but she's also fair and doesn't take shit. And I really like what you said about TIna Fey's character in Mean Girls; it describes her perfectly. Definitely a very good choice as well!


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