This week our assignment was to find a Ted Talk and discuss it. Ted Talks are a concept that I have been introduced to just within these last couple years, and I have always been pleasantly surprised every time I happen to watch one. As I went on my quest for a Ted Talk that I wanted to share with the class, I found that there were so many categories to choose from, and so many that I could share! However, the one that I did choose, was one that pertains to teaching and developing lasting impressions with your students. The speaker was an amazing lady by the name of Rita Pierson. She has been in the education world for over 40 years, and has some great insightful words and experiences to share with the world. The video can be viewed below:
How the video impacted me:
First off, I want to mention how great of a presenter and speaker Rita is. I always have to commend people on their presentation skills, and hers were awesome. She gives off a persona of knowing her stuff and also just being a downright genuine individual. As I listened to this talk it re-instilled that passion for what my profession is and will be all about. The kids.
Rita talks about relationships–developing relationships with the kids, and making a difference. She talks about how difficult this job will be–a teacher will have classes that are academically challenged, kids will come from poverty, some kids won’t get to eat at home, and some kids come to school smelly. The list could go on and on. However, she describes that regardless of where these kids come from–it is highly important to be their champion. Be their advocate and make them feel like they are a part of the bigger picture. Be that person that is there for them when no one else is, and be that person that is there to pick them up when they have fallen to the ground.
She discusses that teaching can be a profession that makes you cry, but when that child comes up to you and says thank you for being for there for me, and thank you for making me feel like someone–that it makes the whole profession well worth the time, sweat, and tears that you put into it.
What I take away from this talk is that teaching will not be about the money or the extra time spent grading papers, organizing parties, or going to meetings–it will simply be about how I impact my student’s lives. That above all will be far more important than any other aspect that I am required to meet in my teaching career.