Last year I posted five TED Talks that have changed my classroom. This year I’m giving the gift of TED again with another batch of talks that have made a positive impact on my classroom.
Tyler DeWitt: Hey Science Teachers – Make It Fun
Tyler DeWitt explains what makes science textbooks so terrible and makes a case for teachers to move away from the cult of seriousness found in science textbooks: “Bacteriophage replication is initiated through the introduction of viral nucleic acid into a bacterium.” – That’s great, perfect for 13-year-olds… to saying the same thing in way that is comprehensible: “These viruses make copies of themselves by slipping their DNA into a bacterium.”
Kevin Brookhouser: Don’t Call it a Classroom
Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation
Answering Kevin Brookhouser’s question above requires an understanding of what really motivates students. Dan Pink explains why traditional reward and punishment systems are great for increasing compliance — but ineffective and detrimental — to increasing engagement. This should also be required viewing for anyone who still believes in (or at least promotes) the idea of pay for performance in education.
Stephen Ritz: A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx
Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn from Kids
This talk is guaranteed to impress your students. From TED: “Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.”
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