3 TED Talks That Inspire Curiosity and Learning

19/09/2019
19/09/2019 Nick

Teachers are not just in the classroom. The teachers that you may most admire are your coaches, mentors and leaders. Many leaders and teachers have spoken on TED Talks. Similarly, TED has a variety of other initiatives including TED Prize, TED Fellows, TED Ed, etc. In addition to 3100+ talks, TED has plenty of inspiration to stir your curiosity. Here are 3 TED Talks inspire curiosity and learning.

#1. How to Inspire Curiosity and Learning

Amjad Ali is a teacher and senior leader who has trained educators both nationally and internationally. He is ambitious and committed . Amjad is aiming to make a real difference in the education system. For instance, he co-organized BAMEed. BAME educators are inspired by BAMEed. In addition, he teaches, tweets and tweaks his practice to help others improve their practice. Amjad seeks to motivate himself and his students to learn. For Amjad, education is about ensuring his students success. Above all, Amjad is influencing his students to avoid letting where they came from or what their parents do or don’t do influence their decisions.


Amjad covered several great points for teachers and speakers alike. In addition, Amjad’s great tips will engage and inspire you to have a heart for learning:

  • Teachers are a lot like public speakers.
  • Intelligent teachers are better than passionate teachers.
  • Reflective teachers are always looking to improve their skills.
  • Confident teachers increase engagement and confidence in their students.
  • Engaging teachers provoke learning.
  • Entertaining teachers know their students and know how to engage them.
  • Inspiring teachers leave a legacy in their students.
  • Be yourself inside the classroom.

#2. The Psychology of Self-Motivation

Scott Geller is a Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. In addition, some of his written works include When No One’s Watching: Living and Leading Self-motivation. Above all, Scott examines how one can become self-motivated in “The Psychology of Self-Motivation.”

Give the perception of competence

First, a teacher does meaningful work with confidence. Second, a teacher’s confidence inspires their students to do more than they may realize. Third, a teacher’s confidence on a specific topic will lead others to remember the topic. Fourth, leaders and teachers inspire those they teach.

Teach about consequences

Consequences influence others outlook on their learning. In addition, an alarm clock in the morning, afternoon class or sibling argument may seem agonizingly painful. Upon careful reflection, one may come across a positive view.

Engage in community

Community keeps us accountable to our vision, goals and motivations.

#3. Teaching Methods Inspiring Students of the Future

Joe Ruhl received his bachelors and masters degrees at Purdue University, and he has been sharing the joys of biology with kids for 37 years. He currently teaches Biology, Genetics, and Science Research courses at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana. Joe and his wife, Gail, have two children and two grandchildren. The National Association of Biology Teachers named Joe Ruhl the Outstanding Biology Teacher of Indiana in 1987. In addition, in 1988 he was awarded a Golden Apple Teaching Award by the Lafayette, Indiana Chamber of Commerce. In 1989, he was honored at the White House as Indiana’s recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Above all, Joe values being a high school teacher.


Joe gives six big ideas. However, his key concepts are not to be taken lightly. Joe has seen real results in the classroom though using these six concepts.

    1. Student Choice – Giving students several options to suit their learning style
    2. Collaboration – Actively working together toward a common goal
    3. Communication – Interpersonal and group conversations that effectively transfer a message
    4. Critical Thinking – Coming at an idea from all directions, tearing it apart, and rebuilding the idea.
    5. Creativity – Letting your student think outside of the box
    6. Caring – Having a passion for your subject and a true love for your audience

In addition, Joe always puts his students first. He believes that a teacher-centered classroom does not work. A teacher who coaches and mentors their students can inspire them to be legendary.

TEDxKotor is Coming!

Now that you are inspired by these TED Talks, find a TEDx event near you and register to attend. It might just change your life! Don’t miss out on the wonderful talks that will be held this year on October 5, 2019 at TEDxKotor. The theme is REACHING FOR THE STARS. I am proud to announce that I am an official blogger for TEDxKotor and look forward to sharing what inspired me to seek curiosity, self-reflection and learning.

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