This show explores the way teachers, students, and education are portrayed in movies, television, and pop culture in general.
Chalk (with Hal Bowman)
Today, we welcome Hal Bowman, veteran teacher who now runs Teach Like a Rockstar, a program that brings him to individual schools and sold-out crowds where he energizes teachers and administrators around his mantra, "Every school can be a phenomenal school."
Hal chose the mockumentary, Chalk, for our discussion, and listening to this episode will find you hearing all three of us cringe in horror as we realize how awful the profession of teaching looks to those on the outside.
Saved By the Bell, Part 2 (with Christopher Bronke)
Ok, people. This is the best episode of From Bell to Bell yet. Chris Bronke is back by popular demand, dazzling audiences with his uncanny recall of the day-to-day details of the Bayside crew. Sara brings a wry sense of superiority in regards to Andy, and Andy destroys everyone by staying quiet and then whipping out a quiz for the ages out of nowhere at the end.
Clueless (with James Pascucci and Shannon Johnston)
In this episode we talk with two of Sara's former students about one of the quintessential teen movies of our lifetimes. The layers of Clueless are so fun to unravel because of its smart, funny writing, and its memorable characters, but also because it tethers us to a unique time in teen cultural history - the 1990s. Join us as we dissect everything about this movie that makes us love Beverly Hills high school, and some things that make us loathe it.
Dangerous Minds, Part 2 (with Jamie Turnbull)
Today brings you Part 2 of our two-part episode on Dangerous Minds - as we have middle school English teacher Jamie Turnbull on the show to talk about the implications this film had on her view of the teaching profession when she was just a teenager herself, and we finish our discussion on everything from the soundtrack of the film to Bob Dylan to the probable expenses of the teachers in the film. Listen today wherever podcasts are found!
Dangerous Minds, Part 1 (with Jamie Turnbull)
Today we bring a discussion about Michelle Pfeiffer pretending to be an alternative school teacher in the 1995 film, Dangerous Minds. This depiction of a class of teenagers who take a bus each day to a school outside of their own poverty-stricken neighborhood was met with plenty of criticism at the time of its release and in the 25 years since.
Saved By the Bell (with Chris Bronke)
This week, Sara and Andy sit down with English teacher Chris Bronke to geek out about everyone's favorite school, Bayside High! This episode hits all the right spots as we recall our impressions of the characters that we had in our youth, the ridiculous plot lines that become labeled as "so Saved By the Bell," and also the thematic waves that actually work and serve up core values like a cheeseburger at The Max. Yea, that was bad. But Saved By the Bell is rad, we decide, and so is this conversation.