Saturday, October 26, 2013

Reel Teachers: Miss Hardbroom from "The Worst Witch"

Miss Constance Hardbroom (Diana Rigg) is the strict potions teacher at Miss Cackle's International Academy for Witches in the 1986 movie The Worst Witch. The movie is based on a series of children's books about a young witch in training, Mildred Hubble, who can't seem to do anything right.

Miss Constance Hardbroom - Teacher Evaluation

Content Knowledge:
Miss HB (as the girls sometimes call her) is the Potions teacher at Cackle's Academy and demonstrates skill in casting spells as well as disappearing and reappearing from thin air. She also choreographs the doomed Broomstrick Formation Team for the Halloween Display for her class. Grade... A
Classroom Management:
Although Miss Hardbroom's class is generally compliant and focused on their task, her primary management strategy is looming over her students and screaming commands such as "Stop Talking!" and "Come On, Come On, Come On!" She is also prone to creeping around while invisible and eavesdropping on her charges to gather information. Miss Hardbroom could clearly use some positive behavior intervention training.  Perhaps a marble jar or ClassDojo? Grade... C+

Instructional Strategies:
In the observed Potions lesson, Miss Hardbroom used Experimental Learning.  She takes a rather hands-off approach when the class attempts a laughing potion - fiddling with her flasks and such while the girls concoct the potion. If this was a summative assessment, some observations would be recommended. However, all but one group successfully meet their objective. Later, when hapless Mildred Hubble botches a spell and turns her nemesis into a pig, Miss Hardbroom simply directs her to the library to look up a counter spell. Grade... B

Classroom Environment:
Shabby-gothic with pointed windows, wooden lab benches, and impressive bubbling flasks of red liquid, Miss Hardbroom's classroom is very orderly. The walls display posters of minerals, diagrams of cauldron currents, and a pretty awesome pentagram chalkboard. However, the plastic blow-up skeleton makes me feel like Miss HB needs to learn a money-conjuring spell to supplement her stingy budget. Grade... B-

Personality:
Strict, uptight, and imposing, Miss Constance Hardbroom is a power to be reckoned with at Miss Cackle's Academy. (How could you NOT be with a name like HARDbroom?!)  She dresses in head to toe black with a bun perched on the top of her head and dangling bat earrings. However, she does reveal hints at a softer side - she lets her hair down for their Halloween Celebration and wears a glittery star decal on her cheek. Also - she has an enormous crush on the Grand Wizard (Tim Curry!!). And really, who wouldn't love a man who can put together an incredible music video like this?  Grade... C-
                                      
We could all use a little Curry in our life, right?  ;-)
Who are your favorite (or most hated!) movie teachers? Maybe I'll feature them next!
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2 comments:

  1. I've never seen this movie, but I think it's going on my To Do List! I love your assessment of movie teachers! What a fun idea!

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  2. Thank you!! I have to say...although I know it's a really bad movie - I still love watching it every year!

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