I am an eleven-year veteran teacher at a Title I school in an older part of the town that I live in. My students are hardworking and driven. However, we often times lack up-to-date resources that are thought-provoking and intriguing. Most of these students will be the first in their families to go to college or into the military. Several actually want to move away from home in order to see what else is out there for them.
The school is ninety-nine percent Hispanic and they come from low socioeconomic households.
We are in a military-rich town and community, and my students get to experience some of their family members join one of the armed forces as opposed to going to college. My students and I work together to see the world through different lenses and not just within a few square miles of where our school is located. I prepare my students for college, technical jobs, the military, and, overall, the real world.
My students and I thoroughly enjoy watching TED Talks to help us understand perspective, challenges, and what inspires others. With these books that are inspired by the individual author's own TED Talks, my students will be able to review and analyze the messages behind the speaker in both the presentation of the talk on stage and in written text.
John Locke said, "the improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
My students will use these books and the TED Talks to track a particular subject and then create their own TED Talk to share with their peers. It will be exciting to see my students spread their wings and inspire others through their words, their life experiences and their own perspectives.
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