The First Year

The First Year

Director: Davis Guggenheim Cast: Genevieve Debose, Georgene Acosta, Joy Kraft-Watts

DVD (Wide Screen)


Davis Guggenheim directs The First Year, a documentary about five rookie teachers in the Los Angeles public school system. George Acosta teaches English as a second language, Genevieve DeBose teaches middle school language arts and social studies, Joy Kraft-Watts teaches high school history, Nate Monley teaches fifth-grade bilingual education, Maurice Rabb teaches kindergarten, and Andrew Glass teaches elementary special education. Guggenheim investigates how and why the subjects became teachers as well as the struggles they encountered during their first year of teaching. The First Year was broadcast on PBS in 2004.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
UPC: 0767685957530
Original Release: 2001
Rating: NR
Source: New Video Group
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:20:00

Special Features

Bonus film Teach; Teacher commentary tracks; Teacher profiles; Epilogue with teacher commentary; "How to Get Involved" booklet; Production notes

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. "I Have a Problem With a Particular Student" [14:48]
3. "Who's Gonna Give Up First?" [9:24]
4. "Learning as I Go" [6:32]
5. "What Does It Mean to Be Tough?" [10:48]
6. "The Kids Look Like My Kids" [8:55]
7. "We Have a Lot to Do" [10:11]
8. "My Stomach Hurts" [7:13]
9. "Laters" [7:38]

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