It is summer holidays and hopefully all teachers are taking some well earned time to rest and recuperate. Enjoy that time. I am not sure about you but it takes me about 3 weeks to really relax and enjoy the holidays. For the first week I still think about the kids and my class. The second week I think about everything I should have done, or could have done with my lessons and students. Finally by week 3 I start enjoying my holidays.
And then I do what all teachers do – start thinking about next year.
This year I am doing something a little different. My own little professional development project. I am going to watch and learn from TED
Have you heard of Ted?
“TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences – the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobalTEDx program and the annual TED Prize conference in Oxford UK each summer – TED includes the award winning video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TEDx program and the annual TED Prize.”
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For me, TED is the Open University for the world. I wish I could claim the time I watch the videos on line as credit for Professional Development. When you watch the talks you are infected by the passion for learning. The speakers are entertaining, thought-provoking and serious about teaching the audience.
There are over a 1000 videos on the website. So far I have watched the following 10 videos. I am not going to give you a blurb about each video because the message I have received from these videos may be different to yours. But I will say that each TED talk has given me the knowledge and motivation to do better and be better next year.
Jamie Oliver: Teach Every Child About Food
When your head comes out of those restful clouds, and you are looking for some inspiration, take a look at the Ted Talks. And let me know some other great clips to watch. I am looking for some more information.
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