Sunday, March 1, 2020
10 TED Talks to inspire teachers
10 TED Talks to inspire teachers Summer is on the way out, and the school year is underway. Everything is shiny and new. But if youÃ¢â¬â¢ve taught before, you know itÃ¢â¬â¢s not long until the gleam wears off and the grind of the school year sets in. These 10 Ted Talks from teachers who are changing the world around them will inspire you long after September has passed. Watch when youÃ¢â¬â¢re feeling burned out, and know that you, too, have a personal hand in molding the lives of the kids you see every day.1. Rita F. Pierson: Ã¢â¬Å"Every Kid Needs a ChampionÃ¢â¬ Pierson has been a teacher for the past 40 years. Her bottom line: you have to connect with your students on a human, personal level. Her response to a colleague who said he wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t paid to like the kids? The kids can tell.2. Linda Cliatt-Wayman: Ã¢â¬Å"How to Fix a Broken SchoolÃ¢â¬ Her answer to this question? Ã¢â¬Å"Lead fearlessly, love hard.Ã¢â¬ This principal of a once-failing North Philadelphia school has a lot to say about the com plexities of running Ã¢â¬Å"low performing and persistently dangerousÃ¢â¬ schools and how a true love of the students is the only foundation for any change.3. Sakena Yacoobi: Ã¢â¬Å"How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my schoolÃ¢â¬ The Taliban shut down every girlsÃ¢â¬â¢ school in Afghanistan. Yacoobi set up new ones- secret schools to educate thousands of girls and boys. This inspirational talk shows just what a teacher is capable of in the face of terrifying obstacles.4. Nadia Lopez: Ã¢â¬Å"Why open a school? To close a prison.Ã¢â¬ Lopez is the founder of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn- one of the most violent and underserved neighborhoods of New York City. Here, she talks about finding out what each child is capable of and how they can plan for a bright future.5. Christopher Emdin: Ã¢â¬Å"Teach teachers how to create magicÃ¢â¬ EmdinÃ¢â¬â¢s focus is making learning come alive. Whatever gets a kid interested and engaged allows you to teach- anything from rap songs to barbershop banter to church sermons. HeÃ¢â¬â¢s also the founder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.6. Ramsey Musallam: Ã¢â¬Å"3 rules to spark learningÃ¢â¬ Musallam was jarred awake after 10 years of what he calls Ã¢â¬Å"pseudo teachingÃ¢â¬ by surgery and the surgeon who saved his life. Here, he talks about the three principles he used to turn his classroom around.7. Fawn Qiu: Ã¢â¬Å"Easy DIY projects for kid engineersÃ¢â¬ Trying to figure out how to get kids into STEM? QiuÃ¢â¬â¢s practical advice gives great ideas to teachers hoping to find low-cost, innovative ideas for projects for students of all levels to get them excited by STEM fields.8. Reshma Saujani: Ã¢â¬Å"Teach girls bravery, not perfectionÃ¢â¬ Girls are often socialized to be perfect- and not just that, but to meet impossible standards of perfection. If they feel they canÃ¢â¬â¢t live up to these impossible ideals, theyÃ¢â¬â¢ll often give up. Saujani wants to teach girls to respond to challenges with bravery and confidence.9. Eduardo BriceÃ ±o: Ã¢â¬Å"How to get better at the things you care aboutÃ¢â¬ No matter how much you want to be good at something, there will always come a time when your work will stagnate, no matter how persistently youÃ¢â¬â¢re working. These times require a bit of extra determination. BriceÃ ±o also offers up a strategy- alternating between learning and performance modes- to keep things fresh and forward moving.10. Stephen Ritz: Ã¢â¬Å"A teacher growing green in the South BronxÃ¢â¬ A tree grows in the Bronx? Ritz focuses on urban landscaping and agricultural projects that help his students learn new skills effortlessly while improving an underserved communityÃ¢â¬â¢s access to nutritious food. HeÃ¢â¬â¢ll help you learn how to think outside the box. Prepare to be inspired.