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Breaking Bad

Heather is a Primary Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education. Heather usually write about Youtube videos she has come across, but in her latest blog she talks about Breaking Bad, the questions it raises and how we can discuss them in the classroom.

Walter White’s career might be over, but it doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on all he’s taught us. Much like students who can re-live and recall which teacher brought them to view education a certain way, or the initial understanding of math problems and strategies that just seemed too puzzling to overcome until that ‘ah-ha’ moment.

One Breaking Bad fan’s facebook status went viral over the last year with a caption that read “What if it turns out in the end of Breaking Bad, Walter didn’t have cancer or care that much about money, but instead it was just an elaborate ploy to get Jessie to learn Chemistry?”

For those of you who haven’t seen the incredibly dark comedy turned into the spiralling wormhole of the drug-dealers’ world, the main character Walter White; Chemistry turned methamphetamine producer, becomes intrigued with his investigations of drugs turning over large quantities of cash and then partners up with a former student to become the best chemist in the business. Along the way of course, his skills are picked up by Jessie, and it becomes an entirely different passion based on science for the duo.

Certainly, we are not barrelling down the path of illegal substances or activity like the main characters, but we aren’t that different in terms of the roles and lengths we seem to go for our students.

Certainly, we are not barrelling down the path of illegal substances or activity like the main characters, but we aren’t that different in terms of the roles and lengths we seem to go for our students. Some of us have lost families, friends, or aspects of our social lives in order to dedicate more time to students who don’t have the option of feeling apart of their own. Particularly in areas that are more famished and impoverished, do we see teachers reaching out in more extreme ways to trigger those common interests of the pupils in our classrooms - struggling to keep up with the curriculum thrown at them for the sake of reviews.

Walter White reaches to Jessie, already in an un-easy situation, and makes references to his sloppy behaviour towards his work and emphasizing the importance of chemistry with a passion eventually transferred to his partner in crime. If you continue to talk to people who express a passion for certain subject areas – which are easily apparent – students begin to ‘wake’ out of their mind numbing routine, and question their own efforts and seek to become more accurate and understanding in that subject area.

Often I write articles about youtube videos, which I cannot get enough of. These little segments promote the thoughts and questions we come across ourselves asking everyday but failing to follow through in finding the answers. In a school based setting, we can discuss these questions and make them more pervasive so that our students follow through with their passions and seek out the answers!

In a school based setting, we can discuss these questions and make them more pervasive so that our students follow through with their passions and seek out the answers!

These lessons, and moreso the passion transferred by Walter to Jessie, will remain with Jessie throughout his life – shaping who he is, and who he decides to be. While some of us will carry through with our passions, others will find another or move on from this career for whatever reason. Still, our passions transferred, will be a light for others as they continue to recall what in particular struck them, about our presence in their lives.

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Tags: Heather, Canada, Protocol Education, Teaching, Breaking Bad, Questions, Classroom, Learning

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