I'm sure I am way behind the 8-ball, but I found TED: Ideas Worth Spreading today at www.ted.com. Where in the world have I been? Anyway, I watched a number of brief videos today and these two "Stuck With Me!"
Sir Ken Robinson speaks about childhood creativity and rethinking our educational system. In response to the amount of ADHD testing occurring, he stated: "If you sit kids down, hour after hour, doing low grade clerical work, don't be surprised if they start to fidget." He continued, "Children are not, for the most part, suffering from a psychological condition, they are suffering from childhood!"
Watch this TED Talks: How To Escape Education's Death Valley video and be inspired too!
In this next TED Talks video titled, Rita Pierson: Every Child Needs A Champion, I was struck with her realness about building quality relationships with kids! She speaks from the heart, recognizes the challenges we all face, and knows that every child deserves and needs an adult champion. She states, "Kids don't learn from people they don't like." I loved her examples of how her students reacted when she apologized for teaching an entire lesson incorrectly, how she embraced the reality of having academically challenged classes with a positive attitude, how she handled a student who struggled with a 20 question quiz, and how she learned from her mom the message of what it means to create a legacy for yourself - a legacy as an educator!
Watch Rita Pierson: Every Child Deserves a Champion in this Ted Talks video below!