10 TED Talks for Teachers
The distinction between teacher and learner is actually not distinct at all. Teachers have to be constantly learning.
One of the greatest learning resources for teachers is other teachers. Here are 10 TED Talks from inspiring and passionate teachers:
Stephen Ritz teaches at-risk students in the South Bronx. He and his students grow urban gardens for food and greenery. They’ve even managed to create jobs through this project.
Can fourth grade students solve the world’s problems? They certainly try to in John Hunter’s World Peace Game, which engages students in global issues and teaches complex lessons.
Designer Emily Pilloton teaches a class called Studio H, which gets high school students in Bertie County, North Carolina, to use a design approach to make changes and bring opportunities to the poorest county in the state.
What kind of math problems get students truly excited about math? The ones they formulate themselves. Dan Meyer explains how to create classroom activities that teach math reasoning and patient problem-solving.
Sugata Mitra has shown that children provided with basic tools can teach themselves computer literacy. Now he wants to build a learning lab in India where children can learn from each other using resources and mentoring from the cloud.
In the digital age, math is undoubtedly important. Arthur Benjamin argues that students should learn statistics before they learn calculus – it’s a branch of mathematics that we actually use every day!
High school teacher Tyler DeWitt found that the reason why his students weren't interested in the class is that the textbook was almost impossible to understand. He argues that science texts need to be injected with storytelling and excitement, even at the expense of technical accuracy.
Students are strongly encouraged to specialise, but Liz Coleman argues that education should cross-disciplinary if we are to address the complex problems that face our world today.
No-one seems to be happy with math education - not teachers, students, or anyone else. Conrad Wolfram believes that we need to stop teaching students to do calculations by hand and start leaving the calculations to computers and focus instead of the conceptualisations and applications of math.
In a highly energetic talk, Clifford Stoll recounts anecdotes and observations on a wild variety of topics. Don't skip out before the end - his last two sentences are profound.