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3rd Jul '16 7:12:24 PM StarSword
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* Main protagonist Lee Summerston in ''Literature/TheMakoSaga'' is a college history professor and avid gamer, so much so that when he catches one of his students reading a magazine article on ''Mako Assault'' instead of paying attention to first-day orientation, he utterly schools the kid in his knowledge of the game, including advising him that he based his strategy to beat an early scenario on a historical battle... which is on such-and-such page of the textbook. The kid then realizes from Lee's mention that he's on the final level that he's "Daredevil", the leader of the current top-ranked team.
26th Jun '16 3:21:08 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Dr. Charles Xavier adopts this role when he trains the young mutants; he is always friendly, supportive and caring.

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''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Dr. Charles Xavier adopts this role when he trains the young mutants; he is always friendly, supportive and caring.caring.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Professor Xavier is well-liked by his students because of his warm and pleasant disposition. He even dresses cool by [[TheEighties '80s]] standards (his clothing is more casual than what he wore in the original trilogy and in ''First Class''), which makes it a little easier for the youngsters to relate to him because he puts in some effort in following current trends.
23rd Jun '16 5:44:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* Miss Finch on ''{{Birdz}}'' is generally supportive of Eddie. In one episode, she allows him to shoot a video essay instead of writing one, to support his love of filmmaking.
* The science teacher in Frankenweenie sort of counts, though it can be a little unclear due to the gloomy tone of the film. But he is clearly very excited about his subject, illustrates his points with theatrical story telling, gestures and chalk drawings and chides the adults of the town for being small-minded and preventing him from expanding their children's minds, even if he has an (on the surface) fairly threatening way of saying it. He also listens and gives advice to Victor when he asks him a question outside of the classroom and tells him its important to love his project. Note that most of the class is very excited about the Science Fair, and that the children don't seem very happy with their substitute when he is fired.

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* Miss Finch on ''{{Birdz}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'' is generally supportive of Eddie. In one episode, she allows him to shoot a video essay instead of writing one, to support his love of filmmaking.
* The science teacher in Frankenweenie WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}} sort of counts, though it can be a little unclear due to the gloomy tone of the film. But he is clearly very excited about his subject, illustrates his points with theatrical story telling, gestures and chalk drawings and chides the adults of the town for being small-minded and preventing him from expanding their children's minds, even if he has an (on the surface) fairly threatening way of saying it. He also listens and gives advice to Victor when he asks him a question outside of the classroom and tells him its important to love his project. Note that most of the class is very excited about the Science Fair, and that the children don't seem very happy with their substitute when he is fired.
1st Jun '16 12:50:13 PM mcgrew
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* Glen Holland of ''Film/Film/MrHollandsOpus''. Could be considered a reconstruction because he initially sees teaching as a "fallback"--a way to earn money to finance his composing. He quickly learns to care for the kids and love his job.

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* Glen Holland of ''Film/Film/MrHollandsOpus''.''Film/MrHollandsOpus''. Could be considered a reconstruction because he initially sees teaching as a "fallback"--a way to earn money to finance his composing. He quickly learns to care for the kids and love his job.
23rd Apr '16 8:02:19 AM ironballs16
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** In ''Boy Meets World'' there was an episode when they were in college where they had a "cool" young professor, played by Fred Savage (Ben's [[RealLifeRelative real-life older brother]]). This episode kind of questions the trope because the professor doesn't respect boundaries--he tries to sleep with Topanga.

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** In ''Boy Meets World'' there was an episode when they were in college where they had a "cool" young professor, played by Fred Savage (Ben's [[RealLifeRelative real-life older brother]]). This episode kind of questions the trope because the professor doesn't respect boundaries--he boundaries -- [[HotForStudent he tries to sleep with Topanga.Topanga]].
22nd Apr '16 7:46:19 AM BulletproofLlama
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** Miss Grotke's a pretty cool teacher herself as well.

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** Miss Grotke's a pretty cool teacher herself as well. She has a relaxed approach to life, meditates on a regular basis and was revealed in one episode to [[spoiler: perform magic shows for the elderly.]] Also in [[RecessSchoolsOut the movie]], she's also not afraid to [[spoiler: unleash her [[BewareTheNiceOnes martial arts skills on anyone]] who [[MamaBear threatens her students]].]]
20th Apr '16 7:14:17 AM Hanz
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with Mr. Cartmanez.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with Mr. Cartmanez.Cartmanez, in which Cartman acts like Mr. Escalante from Stand and Deliver to try to teach inner-city kids how to cheat in tests.
3rd Apr '16 4:59:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Rod Belding from ''{{Saved by the Bell}}''. Later subverted when it turns out how much of a flake Rod is, willing to ditch his students on a field trip to have a date with a stewardess. Mr Belding tried to be the cool teacher, but was generally the ReasonableAuthorityFigure. It was only when a third party entered the scene that Belding would team up with his students and let his CoolTeacher flag fly.
* A repeated sketch in ArmstrongAndMiller (the {{Channel 4}} version) spoofed this. The skits starred a really CoolTeacher who would use his unorthodox teaching method and passion to teach life lessons and make sure his students get the most out of their education... until the bell would ring, at which point he would become the ultimate ApatheticTeacher, immediately pulling out a newspaper, sitting down and telling his students to "fuck off", in the process completely abandoning or even directly ''contradicting'' whatever message he'd been trying to teach mere seconds ago.

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* Rod Belding from ''{{Saved ''Series/{{Saved by the Bell}}''. Later subverted when it turns out how much of a flake Rod is, willing to ditch his students on a field trip to have a date with a stewardess. Mr Belding tried to be the cool teacher, but was generally the ReasonableAuthorityFigure. It was only when a third party entered the scene that Belding would team up with his students and let his CoolTeacher flag fly.
* A repeated sketch in ArmstrongAndMiller ''Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow'' (the {{Channel 4}} version) spoofed this. The skits starred a really CoolTeacher who would use his unorthodox teaching method and passion to teach life lessons and make sure his students get the most out of their education... until the bell would ring, at which point he would become the ultimate ApatheticTeacher, immediately pulling out a newspaper, sitting down and telling his students to "fuck off", in the process completely abandoning or even directly ''contradicting'' whatever message he'd been trying to teach mere seconds ago.



* Dr. Dupree in ''TheFamousJettJackson'' has elements of this. He seems to be your typical English teacher, but he does, on occasion, do something fun. In one episode, Jett screws up royally with his family, at school (by reading Poe's ''Raven'' to a rap beat, causing Dupree to shut him down and claim he's disrespecting the author), and friends. He then appears to end up in a GroundhogDayLoop. On his third iteration, he manages to get everything right. Then it turns out to have been AllJustADream, except the first iteration, naturally. Except that things actually get better. His friend is no longer pissed at him, realizing he was right. His great-grandmother and his father admit they overreacted. At school, Dr. Dupree also admits that Jett's "performance" wasn't as bad as he initially thought. In his mind, Jett tried to mix Poe's poetry with the "urban poetry of rap", which was very popular with the students.
* Inverted with the Mr. Goodman character of ''SoRandom''. His attempts at being cool usually result in bodily harm, and his students awkwardly asking for him to teach them normally.

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* Dr. Dupree in ''TheFamousJettJackson'' ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson'' has elements of this. He seems to be your typical English teacher, but he does, on occasion, do something fun. In one episode, Jett screws up royally with his family, at school (by reading Poe's ''Raven'' to a rap beat, causing Dupree to shut him down and claim he's disrespecting the author), and friends. He then appears to end up in a GroundhogDayLoop. On his third iteration, he manages to get everything right. Then it turns out to have been AllJustADream, except the first iteration, naturally. Except that things actually get better. His friend is no longer pissed at him, realizing he was right. His great-grandmother and his father admit they overreacted. At school, Dr. Dupree also admits that Jett's "performance" wasn't as bad as he initially thought. In his mind, Jett tried to mix Poe's poetry with the "urban poetry of rap", which was very popular with the students.
* Inverted with the Mr. Goodman character of ''SoRandom''.''Series/SoRandom''. His attempts at being cool usually result in bodily harm, and his students awkwardly asking for him to teach them normally.
3rd Mar '16 4:25:25 PM mcgrew
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* Mr. Freddy Shoop in ''Summer School''. Maybe a little too cool at times, but enforced in that he's just the gym teacher who was forced to teach remedial English or lose his job.
* Jaime Escalante, from ''StandAndDeliver'', which is based on an awesome true story (see Real Life, below).

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* Mr. Freddy Shoop in ''Summer School''.''Film/SummerSchool''. Maybe a little too cool at times, but enforced in that he's just the gym teacher who was forced to teach remedial English or lose his job.
* Jaime Escalante, from ''StandAndDeliver'', ''Film/StandAndDeliver'', which is based on an awesome true story (see Real Life, below).
3rd Mar '16 4:23:20 PM mcgrew
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* Glen Holland of ''Film/Mr. Holland's Opus.'' Could be considered a reconstruction because he initially sees teaching as a "fallback"--a way to earn money to finance his composing. He quickly learns to care for the kids and love his job.
* Deloris Van Cartier becomes this in ''Film/Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.'' She's asked to go undercover as the music teacher at an inner-city Catholic school [[SaveOurStudents on the verge of closure]], discovers the students can sing, and [[spoiler: turns them into a competition-winning choir, simultaneously convincing the local diocese to keep the school open.]]
* In ''Temple Grandin,'' Temple has one of these, a science teacher named Mr. Carloch. He is the first teacher to see Temple as "different, not less," and encourage her gifts. He also sticks up for her when other teachers ridicule her and want to fail her because of the problems she has in some subjects due to autism/Asperger's. Temple stays in touch with Carloch after high school and even [[spoiler: comes to his funeral.]]

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* Glen Holland of ''Film/Mr. Holland's Opus.'' ''Film/Film/MrHollandsOpus''. Could be considered a reconstruction because he initially sees teaching as a "fallback"--a way to earn money to finance his composing. He quickly learns to care for the kids and love his job.
* Deloris Van Cartier becomes this in ''Film/Sister ''[[Film/SisterAct Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.Habit]].'' She's asked to go undercover as the music teacher at an inner-city Catholic school [[SaveOurStudents on the verge of closure]], discovers the students can sing, and [[spoiler: turns them into a competition-winning choir, simultaneously convincing the local diocese to keep the school open.]]
* In ''Temple Grandin,'' ''Film/TempleGrandin'', Temple has one of these, a science teacher named Mr. Carloch. He is the first teacher to see Temple as "different, not less," and encourage her gifts. He also sticks up for her when other teachers ridicule her and want to fail her because of the problems she has in some subjects due to autism/Asperger's. Temple stays in touch with Carloch after high school and even [[spoiler: comes to his funeral.]]
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