TED Talks have become an integral part of what we do as teachers. These videos have been around for years now, and are a major source of inspiration to us.
Not only do they help us with our craft, but also help us become better at engaging our students.
The best part is that even though they are aimed at educators like us, they are focused on various aspects of education, making them a great source of inspiration for teachers and non-teachers alike.
If you’re a teacher, you need to watch these TED Talks. Not only are these speakers great public speakers, but they are also all teachers as well.
These speakers are incredibly inspiring and their powerful messages are sure to make you want to get into the classroom.
The TED Talks featured in this blog are 5 of the most inspiring TED Talks from teachers for teachers that we think you should watch.
Why Watch Ted Talk?
Teachers are some of the most inspiring people out there. This is what makes TED talks from teachers a powerhouse of inspiration. From the history of education to the future of learning, these TED talks will change the way you look at teaching
The use of TED Talks in the classroom has been shown to be an effective way of teaching students. This is because they are able to relate to the speaker and the topics being discussed.
In addition, TED Talks also challenge all of us educators to think differently about our students and how we can encourage them to be creative.
As teachers have to be some of the most inspiring people on the planet. They have the ability to mold young minds and influence the next generation of leaders.
This blog post features five TED talks that every teacher and educator needs to watch. These talks will give you ideas, motivation, and tools to use with your students.
The most important lesson teachers can teach is that “You can change the world.” We hope this blog post inspires you and gives you new ideas.
Here are the 5 of the most inspiring TED Talks from teachers for teachers that you need to watch.
#1 Why every student deserves a champion | Rita Pierson
Capture the greatest strength and passion of a remarkable teacher, Rita Pierson who had spent her entire life as a committed and dedicated classroom teacher.
She has been a professional educator since 1972, teaching elementary, junior high, and special education. She has worked as a counselor, testing coordinator, and assistant principal.
She’s brought a distinct enthusiasm to each of these responsibilities. With her desire to support her learners, she extended her best teaching prowess to help them achieve their potential development.
Pierson’s speech is stimulating as she always believed that we teachers can influence the quality education of a child and give him or her the best support.
As a champion, we should believe in the child and extend our care for his or her future by establishing human connections and relationships.
#2 The One Thing All Great Teachers Do | Nick Fuhrman | TEDxUGA
Dr. Fuhrman encourages us to capitalize on our teachable moments and make an incredible impact on our students.
“Great teachers celebrate mistakes” Great teachers appreciate differences” Great teachers relay feedback” Great teachers evaluate themselves!
Motivate children by giving immediate constructive feedback. Tell your students how you feel about their work. It has a positive impact on the learning process making it more interesting and engaging for your students.
Furthermore, as teachers, we should acknowledge diversity in the classroom and that each child in the classroom is different and unique. Differentiation is key. It’s a great way of nurturing student learning as they are provided with options to learn best the material.
At times we are frustrated into thinking that there is something wrong with the student when the student doesn’t learn the same way other students learn. This frustration may be caused by the assumption that there is only one way to learn and if the student doesn’t learn the same way then there is something wrong with the student. This isn’t just right.
As a teacher, you would want to provide different types of instructions for your students. The reason is simple. Different students learn differently. You would not give the same instructions to a student who is good at social studies as you would to a student who is good at math. This is one thing all great teachers do.
#3 The Teachers we Remember | Julie Hasson | TEDxEustis
With this talk, Dr. Julie Hasson encourages all of us teachers to make an impact and extend compassion to help children change and grow.
This is a compelling talk about making a lasting impact on the lives of students and becoming memorable teachers.
Simply put, it tells us the perfect way to make a significant impact so our students make the most of their lives by engaging in positive changes in their lives to become better individuals.
As she puts emphasis that teachers who are remembered for consistently leaving an impact and facilitating the transformation, we are reminded of how impactful we can be as teachers.
This impact doesn’t happen by chance. It’s by design. It’s intentional.
Appreciating and loving our learners just as can help them realize their full potential.
By cultivating a sense of belonging in the classroom, we can change students’ hearts, minds, and lives. And when students know that someone loves them it increases their confidence and self-worth.
“We can advocate for policies that enable teachers to make decisions in their classrooms. We can advocate policies that empower teachers to respond to the needs they see in their students.” – Dr. Julie Hasson
#4 Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth
How important are perseverance and grit in education, especially when it comes to succeeding in life? Here is a remarkable speech from an author, educator, and psychologist, Angela Lee Duckworth.
In this talk, Angela Lee Duckworth introduced one of the most powerful motivational aspects in every child – known as GRIT.
She enthusiastically explained the importance of grit in success and how it affects a person’s capacity to overcome challenges.
“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working
really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” – Angela Lee Duckworth
Grit is a person’s ability to pursue an activity with energy and passion despite obstacles and challenges. It is very important in education and it is one of the most powerful predictors of academic success.
And building grit in our students is nurturing the idea of a growth mindset.