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[Teacher Tips] 4 Motivating TED Talks for Educators

[Teacher Tips] 4 Motivating TED Talks for Educators

Sometimes, educators need a bit of motivation and inspiration to get through another day (especially on Mondays). TED Talks are an easy way to take in a fresh perspective while you drive to work, walk on the treadmill, or take a short lunch break during the day. Lucky for teachers, there are hundreds of TED Talks dedicated to teaching and education. We’ve compiled a list of great TED Talks to inspire and motivate you to get through the day (as a bonus—they’re all under 15 minutes long!)

Eric Berridge: Why tech needs the humanities

If you want to build a team of innovative problem-solvers, you should value the humanities just as much as the sciences,” says entrepreneur Eric Berridge. He shares why tech companies should look beyond STEM graduates for new hires—and how people with backgrounds in the arts and humanities can bring creativity and insight to technical workplaces.

Anindya Kundu: The boost students need to overcome obstacles

How can disadvantaged students succeed in school? For sociologist Anindya Kundu, grit and stick-to-itiveness aren't enough; students also need to develop their agency, or their capacity to overcome obstacles and navigate the system. He shares hopeful stories of students who have defied expectations in the face of personal, social, and institutional challenges.

Nadia Lopez: Why open a school? To close a prison

Our kids are our future, and it's crucial they believe it themselves. That's why Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighborhoods in New York—because she believes in every child's brilliance and capabilities. In this short, energizing talk, the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy (and a star of Humans of New York) shares how she helps her scholars envision a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback

Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: "satisfactory." And with no feedback, no coaching, there's just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback—and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.

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Brita Hammer

Brita started with Edmentum in March 2018 and currently serves as a Marketing Associate. She is passionate about providing teachers resources to help their students achieve in and out of the classroom. Brita earned a B.S. in Marketing from North Dakota State University.