Week 11: TED Talks You Need to Share With Students


After watching the TED videos I found plenty of reasons to use these videos in my future classroom. For starters they are videos, and videos grasp attention. It would be a great way to get students to want to know more. I could use them to start a lesson to get the students engaged and eager to learn. 

A few of my favorite videos were; Learning from Sherman the Shark, What adults can learn from kids, Muses on Humanity, and Math needs a Makeover. 

I think that all of these videos could be used in the classroom, not all for the same purposes, but used none the less. A good idea for the, Learning from Sherman the Shark would be to allow kids to see someone that did succeed at being good at art. A lot of parents and teachers discourage kids from wanting to be an artist. They will tell children, you can’t make a living doing that, so kids try other things that they may not be good at or enjoy. 

What adults can learn from kids, would be a great motivational clip for students. It would show them that they really can make an impact and give them a feeling of value and worth. It would allow them to see that dreaming is okay. 

The clip on humanity gave examples of different cultures and government styles this clip could be used to introduce a social studies lesson. Kids love technology and using it during a lesson gets them ready to learn. 

The math video was interesting in that it is so true. Students will be able to see that they aren’t the only ones struggling with math and that it is difficult. It may be a source of encouragement for the students. 

I really enjoyed the video of Ken Robinson. I strongly agree with his ideas on ADHD medication. It is hard for any child to sit still in a classroom regardless if they have a learning disorder or not. Some of the smartest people I know, like my little brother, cannot sit still to save their life. Teach in a different way that doesn’t restrict movement. Instead of sedating the students to sit and listen to a teacher lecture. Get the student involved in learning and it will decrease the level of fidgeting. 

Videos are a wonderful tool to use in the classroom. The TED videos are a great resource for future teachers. 

Check out my top 5!

1. Jim Toomey: Learning from Sherman the shark: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang///id939
2. Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang///id/815
3. Chris Abani muses on humanity: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang///id/294
4. Dan Meyer: Math Class needs a makeover: http://blog.mrmeyer.com/
5. Anna Deavere Smith: Four American Characters: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang///id/60

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