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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 22 2012: ...continued...
    This is because outside stimuli activates the internal processes needed for learning. The brain must be “in the mood” to learn. We must focus on enhancing the positive “moods” in our child’s emotional circuit. In a positive “state” a child will be more apt to absorb, respect, and analyze information being presented.

    Another great tool is one on one conversations. Don’t just ask a question and wait for the first few to raise their hands. Get involved. Pick a student you know understands the material first when asking questions. This will ensure nobody feels stupid for analyzing the data incorrectly.

    Teachers need to be aware of how sensitive children are to information flow. If you project information you better be sure it is “encoded” correctly. If you fail to do this…one confrontation with a child can close him off to you forever. Ensure you have positive relationships with students that aren’t superficial forms of “hello and goodbye” . Understand they want your approval and need your attention as they may not be getting it elsewhere.

    Target the children who love learning and facilitate more difficult tasks to challenge them. Motivate other children to join these groups that do more difficult work…inspire them to understand the benefits of “difficult work” and “critical thinking”. Don’t allow them to use social procedure outside of the classroom…inside of the classroom. Take control….do your thing!

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