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The First Year
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- Bonus film: Teach
- Teacher commentary tracks
- Teacher profiles
- Epilogue with teacher commentary
- "How to Get Involved" booklet
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I now own this DVD and have been teaching for almost five years and can say that this film does a great job of depicting the frustrations of rookie teachers and the obstacles teachers have to overcome just to do their jobs. If you're considering becoming a teacher, I would definitely recommend buying this movie to get a realistic idea of what you're getting into.
The film moves along at just about the right pace; I was never bored. These poignant, human stories grabbed my attention and never let it go until the end of the film. I agree with other reviewers who write that this film would be an excellent resource for people learning how to be teachers and not just an exposé of how we need to provide better education to all of our youth.
The DVD comes with a few extra features. I like the epilogue with tis information about what happened to the teachers and some of the children alike; and there is a very well done short entitled "Teach." There are optional teacher running commentaries as well.
I highly recommend "The First Year" for people learning how to be teachers so they will know what they may well be up against should they decide to teach in a low income area with a paucity of resources; and those of us interested in the subject of quality education in general would do well to add this to their collections.
Two teachers, the male teachers, stood out to me the most. One of them, Mr. Rabb, a kindergarten teacher, was particularly dedicated to Tyquan, a student who needed speech therapy. Mr. Rabb did everything he could to get Tyquan the help he needed. He constantly tried connecting with the school speech therapist (which never turned into a regular thing). He called different hospitals to figure out where Tyquan could go for therapy that was covered by Medicaid. In the end, since the parents were uninvolved, Mr. Rabb began tutoring Tyquan after school himself.
Like Mr. Rabb, I found it inspiring how willing the teachers were to do home visits if necessary. Many parents were not interested in showing up for appointments or coming to conferences, so these teachers went to their students’ homes when it was necessary to get the parents in the loop.
This movie was lacking in a main focus though. I felt like the struggles demonstrated in the film, could’ve been struggles of any teacher with experience. The struggles were not unique to a first-year.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The First Year follows five teachers in their first year of teaching. There are two elementary school teachers, one middle school teacher, and two high school teachers--all... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tyler C.
This documentary takes place in a school district of South Central Los Angeles, a part of the city with high diversity; it addresses the early stages of 5 recently graduated... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kevin Leor
The First Year (2001) directed by Davis Guggenheim is a very realistic documentary. It can be hard to watch for some people because of the content. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Patrice Taft
“The First Year” is an award winning film directed by Davis Guggenheim following five teachers during their first year of teaching. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Josie
This documentary showed some troubles that a few teachers encountered in their first years teaching. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stacey
The First Year is about a group of teachers who are teaching for the first time. These specific teachers are teaching in inner city schools that don't have a lot of money and the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Aly
This was an EXCELLENT video because it showed the real world events of a teacher's first year. A new teacher could learn a lot from the video and it would be interesting to watch.Published on February 5, 2012 by MentorT
Material is dated! Teachers do experience the same
frustrations. I guess when I purcahsed the product
I didn't realize that it was already ten years + old.