As the recent surge of superhero films is showing no signs of stopping, I felt that now was probably a good time to share lessons that I have gleaned from the current batch of superhero movies and apply them to the teaching realm.
The Dark Knight Trilogy
1. Always have tools in your utility belt. You never know when you may need to switch tracks quickly or scale a wall*.
2. You will have obstacles. Sometimes, lessons simply do not go as planned. You will occasionally fail. But as Thomas Wayne said (which Alfred would later repeat), “Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”**
The Amazing Spider-Man
3. Sometimes, even great lessons get rebooted for the next generation.
4. Just because a lesson is flashy and has lots of technology (or CGI effects) does not make it compelling.
Superman Returns/Hulk/Incredible Hulk
5. Not every lesson is going to work out. It is okay to start over from square one.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog***
6. Stories are more compelling when you flesh out the characters/ideas involved.
7. Embrace Web 2.0 tools (and music!) in your practice.
X-Men 3: The Last Stand/Spider-Man 3
8. It is important to develop the central focus of your lesson. If a lesson lacks focus, your students will follow suit.