Rita Pierson was a Champion for Every Kid

Posted on September 6, 2016 by Dr. Lynda

Were you lucky enough to have a teacher who was in your corner; a teacher who insisted on your very best work in the perfect measure and style? Visionary teaching is an art.

Today on EWC, we share with you one of the most extraordinarily inspiring teachers you will ever have the pleasure to hear speak. What a positive, authentic dynamo!

Image: Rita Pierson, in her fabulous TED talk
Source: TED // RYAN LASH

Rita Pierson has passed on now, but her TED Talk is still among the most entertaining, positive and thought-provoking I’ve ever seen. (With almost 6 million views, you’ll know I’m not alone!)  What fun it is to see someone with passion speaking with good humor about a serious topic!

She’s a tour de force, using her funny side, raw common sense, and straight talk to leave us with a mandate for the future of classrooms.

I could go on, but Rita needs little introduction. Enjoy this, it’s a real pleasure!

 

Via: TED 1

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the piece:

Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.

– Rita Pierson

How many teachers consider that part – the relationship piece – of the puzzle essential? I suspect most good teachers do, and the weaker teachers don’t realize that might be at the core of their problems reaching kids.

I know in my profession, relationships are everything. Everything for me, and everything to the trust and confidence I need from my patients to be able to do my work with success!

I suspect that reaching for connection may be the at the core of most successful professions in the next few decades. There will be “the connectors” and everyone else.

And finally, vulnerability is a good thing!

Did you notice her comment about apologizing and admitting she had failed her kids? That’s vulnerability!

She was willing to be vulnerable in their eyes and they graciously allowed her to recover. I’ve found most people to be remarkably generous and forgiving, even eager to form a partnership, if we are willing to be vulnerable first!

Give it a try sometime. You will know when you have made a connection.

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~ Dr. Lynda

If you want one more great TED Talk about education, check out Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about how schools are killing creativity (it’s the most watched TED Talks ever)!