Election is a movie starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. In brief, he's a bored-with-life teacher, and she is an over achieving high school student. It is definitely a dark comedy...and Witherspoon ends up screwing up Matthew Broderick's life. It's funny...not HA-HA funny...but it is definitely worth seeing.
Anyway, I have been thinking about this movie a lot recently. There is this one poignant scene where Matthew Broderick is shown teaching...at first at a younger age...and he is very enthusiastic about what he is doing...then they flash forward a bit and he is older and teaching the same thing and he is a little less enthused...and finally they show him middle-aged, teaching the same thing STILL...and he looks terrible: haggard...tired...worn out.
I have striven for years to get to the point where I dont need to create materials every day for my classes...and I have finally gotten there. This semester, I rarely had to create new activities...mostly just tweaking or simply copying what I have done in the past. Then I started getting this feeling...this I'm not doing enough feeling...not enough innovation sensation. I'm a hack...a hasbeen...a never will be.
Or maybe I'm just pissed none of my students look like Reese Witherspoon?