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10 Must-See Ted Talks for Teachers

June 22, 2018

Ted Talks are a source of inspiration, knowledge and motivation for countless educators. Here are ten presentations teachers may find most useful and informative.

 

 

 

Re imagining Classrooms: Teachers as Learners and Students as Learners 

 

North Dakota teacher Kayla Delzer seeks to change how technology is viewed in the classroom. Instead of a force for distraction, she believes students and teachers can learn more by utilizing common apps and technology in the classroom.

 

 

 

Teaching Teachers How to Create Magic

 

Dr. Christopher Emdin of the Teachers College at Columbia University argues that we need to transform how teachers are trained if our schools are going to reach and engage all students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forget the Pecking Order at Work

Management expert Margaret Heffernan argues that working together, asking questions, and helping others is the key to the most successful and productive workplace. These are lessons educators of varying experience can bring into their workplace to help create the best learning experience for their students.

 

 

 

 

Prepare Our Kids for Life, Not Standardized

Tests

 

Standardized testing isn’t preparing our kids for their futures and is driving the joy and real learning from our classrooms, says innovation expert Ted Dintersmith. It’s time to empower those who own the consequences of what happens in the classroom — our teachers and students.

 

 

 

Why Do We Sleep?

 

The mental and physical wellness of educators is integral to the success of our schools. In this TED Talk, neuroscientist Russell Foster urges everyone to check your health by prioritizing sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make Stress Your Friend

 

Stress and burnout are pitfalls many if not most educators face in their careers. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist, doesn’t want your stress to hold you back, but says it can, believe it or not, be a positive force.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get Better at Things You Care About

 

Every job is important and has room for improvement and change. Whether it’s your professional or personal life, your box only exists because you let it, according to Eduardo Briceño.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Economic Case for Pre-School

 

Author of “Investing in Kids,” Timothy Bartik, offers a unique perspective on why preschool and education are important. There are economic benefits along with bettering the lives of young children.

 

 

 

 

 

What Adults Can Learn from Kids

 

Educators have the unique and powerful opportunity to empower youth. This TED Talk by child prodigy Adora Svitak is a fun look at how working with and uplifting children can change your perspective on life and education. 

 

 

 

 

 

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

 

 

In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson delivered what would become the most popular TED Talk of all time – a plea to reverse the standardization and rigid compliance that has drained creativity out of our schools. Unfortunately, more than a decade later, Robinson’s diagnosis remains relevant today. 

 

 

 

 

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