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4 Inspiring TED Talks for Teachers

4 Inspiring TED Talks for Teachers

August 17, 2018

Teachers can change the trajectory of a students life; inspire hope, ignite imagination, and instill a love of learning. As teachers prepare for the new school year, they too need to be inspired and challenged, and TED Talks are a great source of inspiration! TED is a non-profit that shares ideas and insights through short, engaging talks with experts from any topic and field imaginable. Because time is a luxury to teachers, here are just four inspiring TED Talks from teachers you’ll wish you had!

1) Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

A teacher of 40 years, Rita Pierson believes that every child deserves a champion. In this compelling and inspirational talk, Pierson rallies educators to truly believe in their students, and cultivate authentic and meaningful relationships while urging them to leave a legacy of relationships.

2) Christopher Emdin: Teach Teachers How to Create Magic

Looking to spark lives and create magic in your classroom? Christopher Emdin, creator of #HipHopEd, declares that magic can be taught and can transform education. Emdin demystifies the secret of storytelling, and reveals how everyday examples such as rap shows, barber shops, and Sunday services can teach teachers the art of transformative magic.

3) Ramsey Musallam: 3 Rules to Spark Learning

After a life-threatening condition, Ramsey Musallam woke up from 10 years of “pseudo-teaching” to discover the true role of an educator. Inspired by the surgeon that saved his life, Musallam shares 3 tips to cultivate curiosity and inquiry in students.

4) Diana Laufenberg: How to Learn? From Mistakes

You know the saying, “failure is the best teacher”? Well Diana Laufenberg truly believes it. Laufenberg shares the key ingredient for experiential and authentic learning—failure, and urges educators to be comfortable with kids learning to fail as part of the learning process.


Looking for more TED Talk inspirations? Check out their Education Playlist for more talks from educators changing their communities and classrooms. While you’re there, browse TED-ED Original videos where teachers can customize each video to their lessons and share with their class.

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