Posts Categorized: TED

How reliable is Memory?

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How reliable is working memory?  We deal with memory everyday in the classroom, in the grocery store, on the road, and arriving home after work.  If our entire class witnesses an event like a car crash, how many students would get the details correct? How reliable is your memory?  Listen to this Ted Talk in […]

Silence the Craziness

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Many college students feel the same way I do right now: overworked, overwhelmed and anxious about tomorrow. We let all of our responsibilities overwhelm us, impeding the completion of any. What we need is some down time, away from it all, a chance for our brain to re energize and refocus. Take a peek at […]

The power of passion – Richard St. John | TED-Ed

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This video would be a great way to engage students in conversations about the broader topics of passion, success, love, and wealth, and the importance of each in their lives. These conversations could then be used as a springboard for a writing activity in which students reflect on what passion means to them- how its […]

The Cute and Useful Comma

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I teach English as a Second Language.  It is not always easy to convince students that punctuation is their friend, not something meant to torture them.  This is not just an issue for those for whom English is a Second Language.  I tell my students that this plagues native speakers as well.  This video is […]

What Aristotle and Joshua Bell can teach us about persuasion – Conor Neill | TED-Ed

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What Aristotle and Joshua Bell can teach us about persuasion – Conor Neill | TED-Ed. In this Ted Ed lesson, the author uses elements of an experiment conducted by a famous violinist to examine Aristotle’s rhetorical means of Persuasion (Ethos, Logos, Pathos) and to illustrate the importance of all three reveals why all three are essential to audience […]

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend – YouTube

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We’ve been taught for years that stress kills!!! This thought-provoking TED Talk offers an inside look at the positive side of stress. And guess what, every time we meet with our Circles comrades, we’re practicing many of these principles and staying healthier all at the same time. via Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your […]

My Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte-Taylor

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A fascinating account of a neuroscientist’s personal experience of a ruptured blood vessel in her own brain, this TED talk captures attention and helps students to understand the differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and how they communicate. ted.com/lessons/jill–bolte–taylor­b>-s-stroke-of-insight    

The Science of Stage Fright Video Ted Ed

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This ted ed video captures, for the scientists among our students, the physical changes our body experiences during speech anxiety and ways to deal with the common feelings of speech anxiety. (or those that enjoy cartoons!)       www. ed.ted.com/lessons/the-science-of-stage-fright-and-how-to-overcome-it-mikael-cho  

Slowing down for life

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In the 21st century, the fast paced lifestyle most people lead can have a negative effect of their life: from health issues to performance issues at work to personal relationship problems, taking time to “smell the roses” is an important part of life.  Carl Honore’s lecture demonstrates the advantages of taking time to do some […]

A different perspective on introverts

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Since introverts are approximately 1/3 of our population and are often misrepresented as shy, reclusive, non-social, solitary, and withdrawn, there value in society that praises the outgoing extrovert has always been reduced.  This video shows the unseen strengths of introverts and that they can fit in quite well if placed in a job that value […]

The Anti-hero

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  This video explains what an anti-hero is and compares it to a hero.  The anti-hero is not the villain, but also is radically different from a hero and an idea we are more familiar with today.  It does a good job of separating the classical, mythical hero from the hero of today.  I will […]

The Heroes Journey

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This video condenses Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces into to 5 minute video.  I will use this as part of an introduction to my Supervillains course offered in the Fall. What Makes a Hero from TEDEd

Our Buggy Moral Code

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I want to use this talk to spark a discussion about whether our pre-reflective moral beliefs (the fancy term is “moral intuitions”) are always adequate or require additional training. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/our-buggy-moral-code-dan-ariely