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Great Teaching

June 7, 2013

Tags: Fifth grade, filmmakers, Elk Grove, Jim Bentley

Great teachers are national treasures; they change lives. They arenít paid what they should be, but there are rewards. They and those they impact (children, parents, and often the greater community) usually appreciate what they do. And their students will remember them for the rest of their lives. Christopher Naze and Jim Bentley are two teachers who rank among the greats. Both teach in elementary schools.
Bentley, at Elk Grove Unified School District in California, has turned his classroom into a film academy where fifth graders investigate social issues, write scripts, and produce films using sophisticated equipment that Jim has gotten, mostly through grants. Hereís a link to some examples of the student work:


  1. March 31, 2015 5:29 PM EDT
    June 9, 2013 10:08 AM EDT

    Thank you, Joy for the kind words! It's an honor to teach. It's a pleasure when working with administration that rewards innovative teaching. And it's a "joy" to teach using quality materials such as the books you produce! Keep them coming!
    - - Jim Bentley

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