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Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Veteran teacher Rita Pierson believes that relationships are crucial to education. She talks about how classrooms lack the kind of human connections kids need to feel inspired and to learn.

Rita Pierson "Kids don't learn from people they don't like."

Rita Pierson "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

Linda Cliatt-Wayman (principal at a North Philadelphia public school) - How to fix a broken school?

How to graduate college with a job you love & less debt: Jullien Gordon at TEDxMidwest

Jullien Gordon helps this new generation realize their full potential by identifying four types of capital that blend work in harmony. Also check out his book, 101 Things To Do Before You Graduate.

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups and makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable.

When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.

TED Talk 2010 Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

This timeline is a stunner. Fabulous organization of historical events to put them in perspective.

wait but why: Putting Time In Perspective. Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them.

Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Angela Lee Duckworth quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful from those who struggled. She explains GRIT as a predictor of success.

Es un educador, escritor y conferenciante británico, experto en asuntos relacionados con la creatividad, la calidad de la enseñanza, la inno...

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

10 TED Talks All Millennials Should Watch For A Source Of Inspiration

10 TED Talks All Millennials Should Watch For A Source Of Inspiration

Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback via TED. Gates' words are interesting; what is more interesting is the use of video for self reflection modeled by a teacher in the middle of the presentation. I'm game to go get a Flip camera.

Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic | Talk Video | TED.com

Educator Christopher Emdin talks to Education Week Commentary about what white teachers who engage with students "in the hood" need to know.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit | Talk Video | TED.com

Angela Lee Duckworth - 'grit' = passion and perseverance for very long term goals - having stamina, sticking with your future - day in day out for years - solid work ethic - motivational learning Growth mindset - carol dwek

TED Talks Education Playlist. As a country, how can we better inspire our students -- and support our educators? To explore ideas, TED, WNET, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have teamed up for a brand-new one-hour special, funded by CPB's "American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen."

Who's the teacher who most inspired you? As the TED staff gets excited for TED Talks Education — airing Tuesday, May 7 at on PBS — we share the names of the teachers who shaped our lives.

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