How each mentor in To Sir, With Love and Dead Poet's Society reached his students.

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In the movie Dead Poets Society, Keating is teaching the basic idea of expression. Keating is a unique instructor who uses many different methods of teaching to get the students involved, but he also shows them ways to have fun with the class. That in itself is unique. Keating is trying to release the emotions these students have within themselves. He is teaching them to make their lives extraordinary, think for themselves, and be individuals instead of followers. In one lesson with these students, he expressed this to the fullest, by having them rip out the introduction of their textbooks because of what the book told them to do with poetry. By ripping that out, they realize that they have a mind of their own and others should not think for them or tell them what they should think.

The most important lesson Keating teaches is Carpe Diem, which means seize the day.

Even though this method of instruction is phenomenal and has many benefits, there are few critiques on Keating's method of teaching. The benefits of Keating's instruction are of self-expression. Keating tries to relate what he is teaching to something they already know, for example, reciting poetry to music while kicking a soccer ball. This taught them that there are various ways you can recite poetry, which are the tones or mood the poem is in. Another benefit is that you look at the world differently, which Keating taught by one simple action, standing on a desk. This showed the students, again, the importance of free thinking because when you stand on a desk, things look much different from when you do not stand on anything, which puts their minds in a completely different perspective. The greatest benefit they were taught was to look at...