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Jason Wolfe

Speaker Curator / Teacher, TEDxTokyo

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What is the best way to use a TEDx event to motivate teachers to be more creative, entertaining, innovative, enthralling, etc.?

I am starting to think about the next TEDxTokyoTeachers and I would love to hear what the TED community has to say about motivating teachers TED style. I know there are a lot of workshops and education seminars that focus on making better teachers, but what can I do with a few hours, a few drinks, and a TEDx format to make better teachers?

If you are in the Tokyo area in March I would be more than willing to get your idea on stage.

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  • Oct 7 2012: Get some motivated students to deliver talks where they have been inspired to greatness by something a teacher did or said. It may be hard to find one of these students that has not at least been partially inspired by a great teacher. Might also be neat to fly the teacher to the presentation to hear the talk, and perhaps introduce them at the end.
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      Oct 7 2012: Hi Robert, I love this idea.

      I think at the last event there was talk of this but because of a few reasons, including that this was a later evening event with alcohol served, it was shelved.

      But having a student identify a truly inspirational teacher and then have that teacher come out and do a talk would be a great way to kick off the event. I also help out with TEDxYouth@Tokyo so I know some youth who are familiar with the TEDx format.

      Thanks for this inspiration!

      When I get this happening I will contact you and you can watch the live stream. Cheers!
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      Oct 9 2012: I was thinking also about putting the students on the podium. However, I would interview even younger students and ask them what THEY think school should be. Very open ended question. I'd be interested to see what they have to say.

      I may have stated this before in another education post, but I think it's worth offering up again: I would propose to let students choose from a list of mini-courses...early in their education. After completeing a balanced portfolio of these courses, the students might have an idea of which specialties the wish to go further in. At this point let them aquire all the skills necessary to acheive "chosen specialization". Now the student has a reasonable interest in improving his/her education. Learning for learning's sake can be quite bland and over-reaching. Let the student s direct their own curricula.....why wait till college?

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