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.
From the Dark Knight Rises: Sometimes the hero forgets just how important he is and needs to be reminded with more than a friendly reminder. It might take a swift kick in the pants.
It is out of the toughest challenges that we can rise to our greatest moments; never give up. Especially on that troubled student they may turn out to be your biggest ally when you need them most.
Ghost Rider: sometimes you have an idea that no matter how good you think it is, just shouldn’t be. Some lessons just aren’t good and should never be attempted
Love this, could be great creative writing exercise.
Clever post! Gosh… this might be a bit lame, but I guess from seeing the quirky and funny Robert Downey Jr. in Ironman, I guess I can say that teachers need to remember that having a sense of humor helps!
Good post sir!
Thanks Adam! I would also add, particularly for you, that it is important not to have a mentor who is evil. This, of course, is a reference to Ra’s al Ghul and not a reference to you ;).
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