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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 8 2012: Presentations that follow the old chinese proverb: tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand. It won't be neat and orderly, but it would be so much fun! Get their hands dirty with resources, break into quick discussion groups immediately after presentations, give them activities to do in their seats related to the presenter's topics. Best of luck, Jason!
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      Oct 22 2012: Hi Cara

      I really like this idea! I have been thinking about getting the audience to do something in their seats with the people around them...but what to get them to do is the question. Any ideas? What kind of activities?

      I was thinking to get them to talk and see who in the group has a great idea worth sharing and somehow getting a round robin where the 'winner' could have the chance to speak stage during the second session.

      How to organize this is the question...I will keep thinking.
      • Oct 23 2012: How about presenting your suggested opportunity to the audience before lunch? You could designate some nearby eating establishments based on areas of interest/expertise so attendees with ideas regarding science could meet at Banzi Sushi (for example) share their insights and vote for a member of their group to mini present at the end of the day? Still a lot of logistics to work out, but something to consider.

        One of the best teacher trainings I have ever attended was a full day of presenters walking their talk. The training on collaborative teaching was collaboratively presented, the "keep kids engaged" idea involved us folding and tearing paper into "notebooks" and taking lecture notes as directed by our presenter, a variety of graphic organisers were in our hands for our use as yet another presenter shared with us his experiences in using them. We emerged with presentations, resources and first hand use in trying them from the learners perspective. That was awesome. Maybe some of your presenters would be able to do this as well?

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