Wow! We are now about 2/3 of the way there! This was a week filled with travel to Arizona, but I managed to keep my routine of a TED a Day going strong. Rather than trying to tie what was a pretty random collection of TED Talks, I will provide a brief take away thought from each of this week’s selections and present my selections for next week.
Where are the baby dinosaurs? — Jack Horner
This was definitely my favorite TED Talk of the week. Not just because it was about dinosaurs but because it identified what I think is a real issue in many fields of study especially in gifted education. Jack Horner points out that scientists like to name things and that many of the dinosaurs that they named are actually the same dinosaur. I think that many definitions and conceptions of giftedness are really pretty close to being the same thing, but we have a tendency to what to think it is something different when really it just might be a baby dinosaur. A special shout out to Tamara Fisher who took me to the Museum of the Rockies to see Jack Horner’s dinosaur collection on our Montana adventure.
Your body language my shape who you are — Amy Cuddy
I found this TED Talk to be really fascinating. As a result, I will be striking my power pose before speaking from now on. I also was fascinated that there was a NOTE pointing out that some of the findings are being debated about their robustness and reproducibility. The take away message here is that you have to “fake it until you become it”. More on this in a future post about imposter syndrome.
Kindergarten for our whole lives — Mitchel Resnick
I am really a big fan of the work of Mitchel Resnick, and I have seen him present several times, but I always leave feeling a little underwhelmed. This TED Talk is no exception. I think that the guy sleeping in the audience at the 8:49 mark would agree with me. That being said, Resnick has a great notion around what he calls the Four P’s: Projects, Passions, Peers, and Play.
The cooperation paradigm: How to get people to listen & cooperate — Janine Driver
My real wish for this TED Talk is that the audio quality was better. Janine Driver’s mi is turned up way too loud. That combined with some rather distracting animated slides with a jarring audio transition really detracted from what was a powerful message for relating to others. Matter + Belong = Cooperation Strong. Driver applies her background as a ATF Investigator to her parenting and speaking by helping others to feel valued. There is a trick or two that I definitely picked up here.
Doodlers, unite! — Sunni Brown
The shortest TED Talk of the week at only 5:50, Sunni Brown effectively covers something that I have been thinking more and more about lately. Doodling or taking handwritten notes and drawings actually increases comprehension and memory. The take away message for me is that if I want to remember something then I need to write it down.
A story about knots and surgeons — Ed Gavagan
This is a powerful piece of story telling that I will leave to you to watch and avoid the spoilers. Bottom line is that you want your surgeon to be so good at her job that she is able to do it without thinking. You want and need experts to be perfect. That is a good thing.
Why we need to talk to children about race & difference — Biz Lindsay-Ryan
An alarming statistic from this TED Talk was that an average middle school student of color hears 291 micro-agressions in 90 days. Biz Lindsay-Ryan offers some practical advice on how to upgrade our internal operating systems related to race and difference. Rather than calling out kids for comments that they make, we should call them in to have real and frank conversations.
I have really appreciated all of the recommendations that people have provided on Facebook, Twitter, my blog, and via email. I feel like I have achieved a snowball effect. As I have been watching TED Talks for the past 19 days, I have also been bookmarking recommended videos from TED. This week I am going to go with seven that have piqued my curiosity. I will be looking for the FINAL FIVE from you.