Inspirational talks about education

These are talks I enjoyed watching, not necessarily that I agree with 100% but made some sense, were engaging and got me thinking. Please add any of your suggestions in the comments.

I hope you find something interesting in the selection below.


Dr. Michael Hannon: New Reflections on a Timeless Role: Fathering Children with Special Needs

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Do not be put off by the aspect ratio, and if you just watch one video make it this excerpt (6 minutes) “Who gets your best?”

Dave Eggers: My wish: Once Upon a School

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Dave Eggers talks about setting up his own education provision. Brings it back to the learners all the time which is good. im not sure how many practical ideas you can take away but food for thought.

Engaging Kids Today – It’s about Pedagogy, not just Technology by Dan Haesler

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I enjoy Dan’s straight to point style and he talks a lot of sense, quite upset I missed him at Bett.

This is a longer presentation

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

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Rita Pierson Quote. “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like”

The voice of experience  Such a passionate talk, I dont agree with every sentance but you can’t argue with  “It’s the connections. It’s the Relationships” – Repeat to fade.

Orson Scott Card: Creative education: How to keep the spark alive in children and adults

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Mainly including for the fact he uses note cards. Also, now I’m going to be controversial here Don’t give kids homework! Yes quiet right! Watch the TED talk here

Jane Evans: Taming And Tending Your Meerkat Brain

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Jane is a great speaker and one of only a few Ted talks that I’ve found – please point me in the right direction – that discusses issues that really affect student’s with SEN



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