A message from Kid President to rejuvenate your educational energy.
It’s such a simple word: garden. But put a garden in a school, and it becomes so much more. Every year, more schools are discovering the educational potential of gardens. This is astoundingly true in the case of Stephen Ritz, a South Bronx educator who has developed a school-based gardening program you have to see to believe. I can’t possibly describe it as well as he does, so here: Get yourself a cup of coffee, set aside fifteen minutes, and watch his TED Talk.
That’s why some of the most influential teachers come into kids lives after school, during sports practice, band or robotics club. Sometimes it’s in these less formal situations when the lessons of a great teacher can really take hold.
In honor of National Teddy Bear Day on September 9th, here are 5 warm and fuzzy inspirational tales from classrooms like yours.
This is an installment of the Stories Teachers Share podcast. Listen below or on iTunes to hear how the story unfolds.
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September 8th, 2017
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How One Teacher Started an Urban Gardening Revolution
Classroom teachers feel a lot of top down pressure to help their students achieve academically. Most understand that in order to do that they must have strong relationships with students, but the realities of some schools and schedules can make it very difficult for teachers to get to know students as much as they would like.
Paul Miller Loved Teaching Math So Much That He Did It For Nearly 80 Years
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Most teachers these days last no more than five to 10 years in the classroom, but Paul Miller taught math for nearly 80. At one point, he was considered the "oldest active accredited teacher" in the U.S.
Miller didn't know English very well himself when he started grammar school. But he went on to do well and enrolled in the only college he could afford, a teachers school. It turned out to be a good decision because teaching was one of the few jobs available during the Great Depression. (Continue story here...)
How I Teach Kids to Love Science
At the Harbour School in Hong Kong, TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada teaches citizen science and invention to the next generation of environmentalists. He's moved his classroom into an industrial mega-space where imaginative kids work with wood, metal, chemistry, biology, optics and, occasionally, power tools to create solutions to the threats facing the world's oceans. There, he instills a universal lesson that his own parents taught him at a young age: "You can make a mess, but you have to clean up after yourself."