WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT
We Have to Do Something Different: Teachers in the Journey to Create More Equitable Schools is a new documentary film produced by MIT’s Teaching Systems Lab.
Across the U.S., our schools are struggling to serve all students, and to help all students succeed. On the journey to create more equitable schools, teachers make thousands of choices each day that impact the lives of their students. From Oakland, CA to Boston, MA, we follow teachers into the space where real change happens: the classroom. As educators grapple to find out what every student needs, they’re working to make school a place where all students can thrive.
We Have to Do Something Different is designed to help educators make change in their own schools. The film provokes important conversations about the big challenges facing schools by taking a detailed look at the small steps teachers around the country are taking every day to help their students succeed. These dedicated teachers provide hope that, while the systemic inequities in our schools won’t disappear overnight, educators can make a positive impact, starting now.
SCREEN THE FILM
We Have To Do Something Different is a tool to spark discussions about equity in your own school or community. You can screen the film as part of professional development for educators, with parent or community groups, with a small group of colleagues, or on your own.
Join educators and school leaders from around the country and host up a free screening of “We Have to Do Something Different” in your school or community today.
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We Have to Do Something Different is designed to help educators make change in their own schools. To aid this mission, we have created a variety of materials to help educators reflect on and lead discussions about the film. Read more about the different materials and find links to each below.
This guide outlines everything you need to know to organize a screening and lead a discussion about the film. Designed for those planning and moderating a session using the film, it contains sample agendas, discussion questions, and helpful tips.
Designed to be shared at public screenings and discussions, this slide deck can be both projected on a screen and printed out for taking notes during discussion.
This organizer helps viewers record their thoughts as they watch the film. It’s useful as a reflection tool and a discussion aid.
This slideshow version of the Discussion Guide is designed to be shared at public screenings and discussions. Please make a copy and then feel free to modify for your audience.
WHAT VIEWERS ARE SAYING
“We Have to Do Something Different affirms that the core values of teaching are rooted in empathy and respect. I wish all students could be told what is so beautifully expressed in the movie–that they do amazing things and have real value in the world; that they aren’t broken and in need of fixing, but instead are full of wonderful qualities for teachers to recognize and support.“
WHAT VIEWERS ARE SAYING
“Watching these teachers and students so deeply engaged in learning reinforces the idea of trusting students to do big thinking. The throughlines of empowerment and equity are present in each featured classroom. It’s remarkable to see how this perspective informs each interaction and project, so that students see their value and invest in their learning. “