Five top TED talks

TED talks provide insight, inspiration and some very thought-provoking content.   Here are five talks that we think you might be interested in.

Your body language shapes who you are
Amy Cuddy points up that how you carry yourself provides unspoken messages to others.  This is particularly true of the classroom and of interviews.  This talk provides simple advice on giving the right messages.


Five ways to listen better
Listening properly to pupils is essential for understanding their understanding.   Listening is something we may take for granted.  Julian Treasure encourages us to consider how we approach this skill.


The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain

Ever wondered what is going on inside the adolescent brain, and why teenagers act as they do?   An illuminating talk by cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore provides some fascinating insight, and suggests that it provides real opportunities for learning.


Let’s teach for mastery – not for test scores

Salman “Sal” Khan, founder of Khan Academy, an organisation dedicated to providing a free, world-class education for anyone, considers the concepts of mastery and mindset.  His talk challenges conventional practice in schools.


Teach girls bravery not perfection

Reshma Saujani gives a talk challenging us to recognise how girls are socialised to be perfect, a trait which leads to students who are afraid to get it wrong. We should be teaching girls, as well as boys, to take risks.




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