In Defense of Using Film to Teach Literature (Repost from

This week’s repost from discusses the merit of using films as practical replacements for novels when teaching elements of literature to struggling readers. Visit for more.

In Defense of Using Film to Teach Literature (Repost from

2 thoughts on “In Defense of Using Film to Teach Literature (Repost from

  1. D.Tran says:

    Hello Jeffrey,
    I have been a special ed teacher for the past 10 years and am so frustrated with the system. I resonates with everything you write in the few blogs (failing sped students, setting realistic goals, etc,) I have read–very insightful. I want to leave the profession due the the mass amount of paper work and feeling unjust that most of my time is now devoted to appease the parents and lawyers. I am spending more and more time to the one or few students whose parents are considered “high profile”. When I looked into options for career change, I feel so discouraged and stuck. Any advise?


    1. Hello.

      First, thank you for your kind words regarding my posts. Second, and more importantly, I absolutely feel for you regarding your desire to abandon the profession. I relate too strongly with each issue you mentioned in your comment. Unfortunately, I’ve tried to escape the field twice without much success. For example, last summer I used my M. Ed. to apply for 126 positions (not a typo) outside of K-12 education and still failed to get hired. I managed 6 interviews and 0 offers. The degree just doesn’t have much currency in other sectors.

      I suppose my first piece of advice is to get out if you’re truly unhappy. Special education isn’t likely to change, but you can change by walking away before it eats a hole in you. I know nothing about your financial situation or how feasible taking a break would be, so this advice might not be worth much. However, if you can at least take a break, it might provide some perspective.

      Beyond getting away from it all, I’m not certain what to say about what to do instead, because I’ve struggled with that myself. Advocacy is a possibility, either through an agency or by going into business for on your own. No licensure is needed in most places to become a special needs advocate. With your experience, you’d have much to offer. That’s a big risk though, which might not be what you have in mind. Depending on where you are in life, chasing another degree might be worth the time, effort, and money. A totally different field might not be necessary. You might wish to investigate sharing what you’ve learned by teaching at the college level. This might not require a doctorate because of the popularity of adjuncts, but the doctorate would help. With it, you’d have many other options on the periphery of the field. I’d advise against pursing administration within the field. I suspect you’d hate that.

      I wish I could offer better suggestions, but I’m really not in a position to do so. Take some solace in knowing you’re not alone (that line hasn’t never really made me feel better). I wish you the best in searching out something that works for you. If you think I can be of any other help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Maybe we can bounce ideas off one another.


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