Pop Culture Essay

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Lou Anne Johnson is a pop culture teacher played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the movie Dangerous Minds. Dangerous Minds was definitely a Hollywood movie, but still had some important character ideas serving relevance to what 21st century educators should still resemble today. The premise of the movie depicts that inner city schools often have students who are behind, (not exclusively, but primarily minorities), but with true passion, understanding, compassionate effort, these students can rise to astonishing levels of success. “Passion and motivation is the fuel that propels the human spirit and this is at the core of student achievement” (Balls, Eury, & King, 2011). Witnessed throughout the movie are several instructional strategies for…show more content…
Johnson decides to challenge the curriculum when teaching a unit on poetry by motivating students with a reward of going a field trip at no cost to students. She continually handed out prizes to students as incentives for completing assignments, including a free dinner to the winners of a poetry contest. Over time, Johnson not only engages all of her students in the learning process, but also earns their respect. Such respect allows Johnson to respond differently to the following question after assigning students a new project, “What prize do we get this time?” She smiles and responds confidently, “You get the prize of learning… you get to think… exercise the mind” (Dangerous Minds, 1995). Lou Anne Johnson is a pop culture teacher who should earn the rating of a high quality teacher. High quality teachers are those who have content knowledge, the ability to engage students, and dedicated to the improvement of the organization (Balls, et al., 2011). Teaching qualities that the film highlighted were her patience, her willingness to take risks, and her compassion. Considering diverse groups as bad, many teachers have already caused the students to fail before ever setting foot in the classroom. It was because of the

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