The only movie that I ever show in my math classroom is October Sky. It is a fantastic movie not only because of the inspiring story of Homer Hickam, but also because of the messages it presents to students to work hard and to never give up. Oh yes, the importance of MATH is also highlighted in the movie in several scenes.
In this post I will give an overview of the movie, highlight some of the teachable moments, and explain how I have used October Sky as a source of inspiration and enjoyment in my classroom. I also include a link to a printable October Sky worksheet that you can use with your students.
The Inspiring Life of Homer Hickam
Based on a true story, October Sky is the story of Homer Hickam’s determined journey to escape his fate as a coal miner in Coalwood, West Virginia. [Read more…]