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Why I Am a School Teacher (Instead of a Classroom Teacher)

Abra Sussman | Posted 07.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Abra Sussman

I didn't know that I was ultimately hurting her chances of forming real, lasting, and positive habits. Why do we, teachers or otherwise, cling so closely to the image of the teacher as a lonely savior?

Empowering Relationships Are the Point!

Willow Dea | Posted 05.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Willow Dea

When you reflect on the quality of the relationship between yourself and your teacher, isn't it fundamentally because you were trusted? Because you felt safe? Because you sensed that they believed in you?

In Praise of Non-traditional Teachers

Fahad Hassan | Posted 07.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Fahad Hassan

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI want to bring special attention to the "non-traditional" teachers we've all had that are often the unsung heroes of our lives. I'm talking about our coaches, mentors, friends, and even our first few bosses who hired us for all those summer internships.

Secure Students' Hearts, Or You Don't Have A Shot At Their Brains

Angela Maiers | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Angela Maiers

My engagement usually has an official sounding title. I conduct "walk-throughs" and "technology audits," and advise on "best practices for technology integration." So what is the first piece of advice I offer to every group of educators I advise?

Reflecting On Teacher Relationships

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.04.2013 | TED Weekends
C. M. Rubin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDuring the course of my son's elementary and secondary school education, he has been able to forge warm and in some cases life-changing relationships with remarkable teachers.

My First Teacher-Coach: High Expectations That Changed My World

Carol J. Carter | Posted 07.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Carol J. Carter

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen we think back on the most influential teacher-student relationships, it might very well be with the charismatic, welcoming, and dedicated teacher that Rita Pierson is. However, my biggest academic influence was less traditional.

Teaching And Learning In Darkness And Light

Larry Strauss | Posted 07.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Larry Strauss

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHe was the only openly gay student I'd ever taught, and I admired him for having the courage to stand up to a pretty homophobic culture in South L.A., but otherwise he made no impression on me. He seemed, not surprisingly, content to be invisible -- and I'm ashamed to say that I was content to let him be.

Why We Need To Reform Education Now

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Sir Ken Robinson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn the ten years since the launch of No Child Left Behind, these efforts have intensified. The results have been unimpressive. Graduation rates continue to falter and students and teachers alike are becoming more disaffected. So what's the real problem here?

WATCH: How A Teacher Encouraged Her Students With An 'F'

Rita F. Pierson | Posted 07.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Rita F. Pierson

2013-05-02-piersonpullIn the spring of my career, I found myself questioning the choice of my life's work. The students did not appear to be motivated, the paperwork was overwhelming and the constant change of educational direction was discouraging. But, I just could not seem bring myself to do anything else.