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Chalk (I) (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 April 2007 (USA)
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An improvisational take on the high school experience, told from the educators' point-of-view.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Troy Schremmer ...
Mr. Lowrey
Janelle Schremmer ...
Coach Webb
Shannon Haragan ...
Mrs. Reddell
Chris Mass ...
Mr. Stroope
Jeff Guerrero ...
Mr. Guerrero
Jerry Jarmon ...
Mr. Jarmon
Kaytea Brock ...
Miss Brock (as Katie Brock)
Dan Eggleston ...
Mr. Eggleston
Glen Lewis ...
Coach Lewis
Wendy Campbell ...
Mrs. Campbell
Jacqueline Seaborn ...
Mrs. Townsend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlye Bonner ...
Teacher
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Math Teacher
Greg Wise ...
Carlos Hernandez
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Life in the trenches of that most honorable and frustrating profession...teaching. It's the start of a memorable new year at Harrison High. The self-conscious Mr. Stroope is convinced that his time has come - this year he will be furnished with the golden title of "Teacher of the Year," if only his smarter students would stop using words that he can't understand. Peek into Mr. Lowrey's History class and you'll see that he's struggling to even call himself a teacher. Woefully inept due to a complete lack of experience and social skills, he earnestly stutters his way through class. The only interaction his students offer him is when they steal his chalk. Men aren't much interested in the spunky and officious Coach Webb, but "not all P.E. teachers are gay" and she pines for some romantic company. Her once best friend, the newly appointed assistant principal, Mrs. Reddell, doesn't seem to have time for her either, as her new power post is all-consuming; battling egos, enduring teacher ... Written by Anonymous

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$10,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,289 (USA) (22 June 2007)

Gross:

$300,633 (USA) (28 September 2007)
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This film may make one squirm
16 January 2010 | by (Eugene,Oregon,United States) – See all my reviews

Why do we assume that people can walk in off of the street and take charge of a group of young people? Part of the answer is a public perception that teaching is easy and doesn't require much special training; part of it may be that teachers spend years actually believing those things. The best learning environments in schools evolve to a meeting place for ideas and strategies to enhance interests in those ideas. If teachers lack ideas (concepts, facts, interpretations, etc.) and, additionally, a panoply of methods or strategies to encourage students and their various learning styles it should not come as a surprise that the Mr. Lowreys of the teaching profession as in deep water. Imagine yourself or your children in his classroom. Solutions: Begin with what you don't know and work hard to expand; visit other classroom and look for things that may work; and begin each new grading period with new ideas, filling in at the end with lessons that had worked well in the past. One can always tell if a teacher is stuck in the concrete of old lessons and ideas when an unannounced assembly or program breaks up the usual routine: "We can't do that; my third period students will be one day behind the other students." Did CHALK do a good job of communicating education's shortfalls? No. Why? Because there were too few students in the classes. Think in terms of more than thirty students to get an accurate picture, not twelve to fifteen. Yes. Why? Because the film captured the petty interruptions and bickering disagreements outside of the classroom that detract from the basic mission.


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class size (even Lowrey's) too small? clark_kent_10
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