TED Talks and all their TED-Ex spin-offs have been a source of inspiration for me for many years. I've used them for professional learning, sharing with colleagues and many times with my students. I love that there's now a TED-Ed site too. This is a fantastic resource for supporting you to 'flip your classroom.' There's always something interesting an inspirational and it's not just the education-focused talks that inspire. The science, arts, personal experiences and many from the business world also inspire on a daily basis.
I've included links to previous posts as well as including some of my latest favourites.
Sir Ken Robinson - Out of Our Minds - Learning to be Creative - posted 2011
Zoe Weil - Our Students Need to be Solutionaries - fantastic and inspirational from 2011 post.
Simon Sinek - Love Your Work.
This is a very powerful TED Talk to share - all about the 'Why' of what we do.
Adora Svitak - What Adults Can Learn From Kids
I've used this so many times over the years - particularly with students as an exmaple of a powerful speech. This young lady continues to inspire me today.
Rita Pierson - "Kids Don't Learn From People They Don't Like."
And one more for now - possibly the one that really hit home for me. From a passionate educator who sadly is no longer with us - Rita Pierson. I really hope that this continues to be shared as widely as possible. Great for the start of the year but also as a reminder when things get tough that ultimately, we are there for our students - always.
I've shared this with students too. Highly recommend doing this as you will be surprised at the insights the students will provide based on this. "Every kid needs a champion." I will always hold on to this statement, particularly when getting snowed under by all things admin.
Keep our students at the heart of what we do. Always.