About Paoli

Languages

Chinese, English

Areas of Expertise

English teaching

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Paoli Lee
Posted over 3 years ago
What about TED-based clubs in schools? TED-based classes?
What we did last year was having those who signed up for the TEDxTaipei event in January as a volunteer gather together on campus and watched a talk that the student organizers all loved, then we had a student speaker who had serveral volunteering experiences share her experiences and how she had changed. It was a 2 hour session that we also had students discuss the questions we raised at that time. We all enjoyed. The great thing about it was that it made us all connect to each other, so the TED society in our school has become bigger. I guess this is something you may start with.
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Paoli Lee
Posted over 3 years ago
Has a TED Talk ever influenced you? How?
Sometime around this time last year, I got a chance to watch the talk Kiran Sethi gave in India at TEDx. It had a great impact on me which made me decide to work with others in Taiwan to start our own Design for Change in Taiwan. After a few months of working together, I had to drop out of the event due to some reasons. However, it didn't stop me from loving the idea that Kiran is trying to promote. I soon brought this idea to the classes I was teaching at the university in that semester. I have to say that it didn't just change my life, but also broadened some of my students' perspective about the life in other places. Because of this, I later became a volunteer at the latest TEDxTaipei event and brought many of my students along too. TED has given me much on what's actually going on in the whole world. As an educator myself, I believe this is something that we should try to deliver, for the better world we will live in. Ever since then, I use TED talks in my lessons from time to time. Last semester, I asked my students to work on the I CAN project. They all did a great job, but there's one particularly awesome. We Chinese don't usually say "I love you" to our family or friends. But this group, they chose this topic to ask those around them to call their loved ones and say "I love you". The video after their editing was fantastic. It brought tears to us. The participants were their classmates and teachers. They all hesitated to say the sentence, but they all did in the end. This is the impact that TED has given me, and the influence around me is still growing. My students and I are now hoping we will have our own TEDxSoochow University soon.