I have been wondering about the effects of Hollywood teaching movies on actual teachers. Do movies like Stand and Deliver and the Freedom Writers Club give teachers unrealistic expectations about teaching and how they should be as teachers? It seems as though teachers plod along day after day and although we make a difference, it is not usually the huge blockbuster difference depicted in the movies. Does this discourage new teachers to the point of not coming back to the profession? Not being able to reach kids in the ways you see in the movies? Not being able to accept the wonderful small advances of your students in search of "the big one" (for lack of a better term). Also, these movies seem to say that if your personal life does not suffer, then you are not a great teacher. What do you think?