Selected for connections to our SAIS work, the following TED talks are offered to help us reflect on and engage in conversation around the following topics.

Build Academic Foundation
Develop Character Foundation
Foster Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking
Cherish Childhood
Deepen Understanding
Empower Learners

The videos will play from this page.  To see and read the corresponding transcripts, use the associated hyperlinked text. Access to a transcript may help you select your sentence, phrase, and word for our discussion in the fall.  You are invited to add your sentence, phrase, and word in the comment section below as you watch and reflect. (Please be sure to include the title of the talk in your comment.)  

Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win

Cesar Harada: How I teach kids to love science

 Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you

Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity

 Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Stuart Brown: Play is more than just fun

Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

Sugata Mitra: The Child Driven Education

John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game

98 thoughts on “2016 SAIS connections

  1. Embrace the Near Win – Sarah Lewis

    Sentences (I couldn’t do just one!):
    Mastery is the reaching not the arriving.
    The pursuit of mastery… is an ever-onward almost.
    We thrive not when we have done it all but when we still have more to do.

    Phrase:
    “that still point of a turning world”

    Word:
    Thrive

  2. How I Teach Kids to Love Science – Cesar Harada

    S – We can no longer afford to shield the kids from the ugly truth because we need their imagination to invent the solutions.
    P – a place where adults and kids can play together
    W – hyperconnected

  3. Embrace the Near Win, by Sarah Lewis

    S – We thrive not when we have done it all, but when we still have more to do
    P – an ever, onward “almost”
    W- mastery

  4. How I Teach Kids to Love Science, by Cesar Harada

    S – Maker Space is a place where adults and kids can play together, where kids’ dreams can come true with the help of adults, and where adults can be kids again.
    P – imagination to invent the solution
    W- possible

  5. Embrace the Near Win – Sarah Lewis

    S – Mastery is not a commitment to a goal, but to a constant pursuit.

    P – …a near win can propel us to an ongoing quest…

    W – Focus

  6. How I Teach Kids to Love Science – Ceasar Harada

    S – We can no longer afford to shield the kids from the ugly truth because we need their imaginations to invent the solutions.

    P – …just take a leap….

    W – dreams

  7. Embrace the Near Win

    Word – “reaching”
    Phrase – “an ever onward almost”
    Sentence – “Coming close to what you thought you wanted can help you attain more than you ever dreamed you could.”

  8. On Being Wrong

    S – Most of us do everything we can to avoid thinking about being wrong, or at least to avoid thinking about the possibility that we ourselves are wrong.

    P – terrified space of rightness

    W – rediscovery

  9. What Your Designs Say About You

    S – How can you ask yourselves and how can you find an answer on what vision of the good life you want to convey and create with your designs without asking the question, what vision of the good life do you yourself want to live?

    P – like peeling an onion

    W- question

  10. How to Manage for Collective Creativity

    S – Innovation is a journey.

    P – the secret sauce

    W – Leadership

  11. Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling

    S – What if there are a lot of different subjects that you’re curious about, and many different things you want to do?

    P – Idea synthesis, rapid learning and adaptability

    W – multipotentialite

  12. Every Kid Needs a Champion

    S – We’re born to make a difference.

    P – value and importance of human connection

    W – relationships

  13. Kathryn Schulz – On Being Wrong

    S – Why do we get stuck in this feeling of being right?

    P – We insist we’re right…

    W – feeling

  14. Sebastian Deterding – What Your Designs Say About You

    S – Whatever we put out there into the world has a persuasive component.

    P – unintended side effects

    W – ethics

  15. Linda Hill – How to manage for collective creativity

    S – Innovation is not about solo genius.

    P – innovation is a journey

    W – mistakes

  16. Emilie Wapnick – Why some of us don’t have one true calling

    S – Innovation happens at the intersection.

    P – one true calling

    W – multipotentialite

  17. Rita Pierson – Every kid needs a champion

    S – Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like!

    P – …I am powerful and strong, and i deserve the education I get….

    W – relationships

  18. Stuart Brown – Play is more than just fun

    S – Nothing lights up the brain like play.

    P – social play, rough play, and imaginative play

    W – transformation

  19. Mac Barnett – Why a good story is a secret door

    S – That will NEVER happen!

    P – …a story no matter how strange somehow symbolizes the truth…

    W – Wonder

  20. Embrace the near win – Sarah Lewis
    s – Mastery is not a commitment to a goal but to a constant pursuit.
    p – value the gift of a near win
    w- thrive – definition- when we still have more to do

  21. Sarah Lewis – Embrace the near win

    S – Mastery is not a commitment to a goal but to a constant pursuit.
    P – an ever, onward almost
    W – tenacity

  22. Cesar Harada – How I teach kids to love science

    S – We can no longer afford to shield the kids from the ugly truth because we need their imagination to invent the solutions.
    P – the students saw a local problem, and boom
    W – imagination

  23. On Being Wrong, by Kathryn Schulz

    S – The miracle of your mind, isn’t that you can see the world as it is, it is that you can see the world as it isn’t AND Our capacity to screw up is not a defect in the human system, it is fundamental to who we are.
    P – tiny, terrified space of rightness
    W – error blindness

  24. What Your Designs Say About You, By Sebastian Deterring

    S – No matter what technology or design you look at, it comes with certain values embedded in it.
    P – the good life, persuasive technology
    W – Bias

  25. How to Manage for Collective Creativity, by Linda Hill

    S – Innovation is a journey, a type of collaborative problem solving usually among people who have different expertise and point son view.
    Leading innovation is about creating a space where people are willing able to do the hard work of innovative problem solving.
    P – collective genius, collaborative problem solving, discovery driven learning, integrated decision making
    W – innovation

  26. Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling, by Emilie Wapnick

    S – Innovation happens at the intersections. Embrace your inner wiring, whatever that may be.
    P – all that you can be
    W – Multipotentialite

  27. Every Kid Needs a Champion, By Rita Pierson

    S – No significant learning can happen without a significant relationship.
    P – seeking first to understand
    W – connection

  28. Play is More Than Just Fun, by Stuart Brown

    S – We are designed to play throughout our whole lifetime.
    P – dangerously but seriously fun
    W – curiosity, exploration

  29. Why a Good Book is a Secret Door, by Mac Barnett

    S – The best readers deserve the best stories we can give them.
    P – real feelings about characters that aren’t real
    W – wonder

  30. Math Class Needs a Makeover, by Dan Meyer

    S – We have the tools to create high quality curriculum in our front pocket.
    Insist on better math curriculum. We need more patient problem solvers.
    P – impatience with irresolution
    W – real-life, redefine

  31. The World Needs All Kinds of Minds, by Temple Grandin

    S – The world needs different kinds of minds to work together. We need to help students who have unique minds to be successful.
    P – light the spark
    W – mentors

  32. The Child Driven Education, by Sugata Mitra

    S – Children will learn to do what they want to learn to do. If children have interest, then education happens.
    P – self-organizing learning environments
    W – deep learning

  33. Kathryn Schulz – On being wrong

    S – In fact, most of us do everything we can to avoid thinking about being wrong, or at least to avoid thinking about the possibility that we ourselves are wrong.
    P – attachment to our own rightness
    W – blindness

  34. S – What do you want to do?
    P – an empty space to make meaning out of their own understanding
    W – collective wisdom, spontaneous compassion

  35. Sebastian Deterding – What your designs say about you

    S – These technologies want us to stay in the game that society has devised for us. They want us to fit in even better. They want us to optimize ourselves to fit in.
    P – we cannot not communicate, we cannot not persuade
    W – questions

  36. Linda Hill – How to manage for collective creativity

    S – Innovation is not about solo genius, it’s about collective genius.
    Leading innovation is about creating the space where people are willing and able to do the hard work of innovative problem solving.
    P – innovation rarely happens unless you have both diversity and conflict
    W – leadership, innovation

  37. Emilie Wapnick – Why some of us don’t have one true calling

    S – Idea synthesis, rapid learning and adaptability: three skills that multipotentialites are very adept at, and three skills that they might lose if pressured to narrow their focus.
    P – embrace your inner wiring
    W – multipotentialite

  38. Cesar Harada – How I teach kids to love science

    S – So freedom came with responsibility.
    P – citizen scientist
    W – imagination

  39. Play is More a Than a Just Fun

    S – Now one of the things about play is that it is born by curiosity and exploration.

    P -empowered through their play

    W – neoteny

  40. Why a Good Book is a Secret Door

    S – Adults can too, and we get there when we read.

    P – willing suspension of disbelief

    W – wonder

  41. Rita Pierson – Every kid needs a champion

    S – Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
    P – the value and importance of human connection
    W – relationships

  42. Stuart Brown – Play is more than just fun

    S – The human hand, in manipulation of objects, is the hand in search of a brain; the brain is in search of a hand; and play is the medium by which those two are linked in the best way.
    Nothing lights up the brain like play.
    P – curiosity, exploration, are part of the play scene; play has a biological place, just like sleep and dreams do
    W – neoteny (retention of immature qualities into adulthood)

  43. Mac Barnett – Why a good book is a secret door

    S – I would want anyone I was writing for to be in that place emotionally with the things that I create. I feel lucky. Kids like Nico are the best readers, and they deserve the best stories we can give them.
    P – a book to be a secret door that opens and lets the stories out into reality
    W – believe

  44. Dan Meyer – Math class needs a makeover

    S – The math serves the conversation, the conversation doesn’t serve the math.
    P – it’s scary to talk about sources of error when the theoretical does not match up with the practical; let students build the problem
    W – patient problem solvers

  45. Kathy Schutz – On being Wrong

    S – Our capacity to screw up is not a defect in the human system, it is fundamental to who we are.

    P – we feel very right and that’s a problem

    W – error blindness and feeling

  46. Temple Grandin – The world needs all kinds of minds

    S – We’ve got to think about all these different kinds of minds, and we’ve got to absolutely work with these kind of minds, because we absolutely are going to need these kind of people in the future.
    P – the world is going to need all of the different kinds of minds to work together
    W – details

  47. Sugata Mitra – The child-driven education

    S – So at the end of it, we concluded that groups of children can learn to use computers and the Internet on their own, irrespective of who or where they were.
    P – If children have interest, then education happens; education is a self-organizing system, where learning is an emergent phenomenon
    W – change

  48. John Hunter – Teaching with the World Peace Game

    S – There’s a trust and an understanding and a dedication to an ideal that I simply don’t have to do what I thought I had to do as a beginning teacher: control every conversation and response in the classroom. It’s impossible.
    P – they trust me because we have a deep, rich relationship together; I’m just a facilitator
    W – engagement, authentic assessment of learning, compassion

  49. Sebastian Deterding – What your designs say about you

    S – It’s better if you care about learning something.

    P – idea of a good life

    W – question

  50. Stuart Brown – Play is more than just fun

    S – Nothing lights up our brain like play.

    P – Personal play history is unique

    W – Neoteny – definition: retention of immature qualities into adulthood

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