Hi INFO 250, I came across Rita Pierson’s TED talk titled “Every Kid Needs a Champion, which has been seen over 11 million times during my research for topic 1: Ed Theory. I have seen it countless times as a teacher since the TED talk came on the scene in 2013. Usually it is shown at the beginning of the school year when the administration wants to motivate us teachers, or again halfway through the year, when we have hit a wall and need a little inspiration. But this time it felt different. Going through distance learning for the last 12 weeks of school was beyond difficult on so many levels. Ms. Pierson talks about connection and relationships and this time it hit the heart a little differently. She so poignantly says, “kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” The power of building relationships with not only our students but also the teachers we are serving. She says it’s important for us to remember to, “seek first to understand as opposed to being understood.” And she is so right. So much of what I learned in my first year as a teacher librarian was in listening and observing. This TED talk is simply a great listen to ground us in the work.
Pierson, R. (2013, May). Every Kid Needs A Champion. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion#t-2178.