Top TED Talks for Teachers

Need an extra dose of inspiration to get you to the new year, teachers? TED may just be the answer. A preeminent resource for thought-provoking talks on every topic under the sun, TED is also great for educators who need a pep talk, a new perspective, or even bite-size professional development. So hit play and let the world’s experts teach you a thing or two!


When you need a magic spell to reinvigorate your teaching:

Christopher Emdin, science advocate and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., breaks down the secret magic that you need to engage an audience of students. (Hint: Take a cue from rap shows, barbershop banter, and Sunday services!)

When your grading pile and to-do list keep growing:

Embrace your stress! In this talk, Psychologist Kelly McGonigal introduces the idea of stress as a positive—and reminds everyone that “if you choose to connect with others when you’re under stress, you create resilience.”

When you want to ignite excitement in your classroom:

Chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam shares the three rules you need to remember if you want to spark imagination and get students excited about how the world works. They’re simple but brilliant guidelines that are perfect for lesson-planning, student motivation, and more.

When you need a reminder that you’re making a difference:

Rita Pierson has been a teacher for 40 years, so she knows her stuff. In her passionate and dynamic talk, she asserts that every time you connect with your students, you’re helping to unleash their full potential.

When you’re looking for ways to boost student achievement:

Need a “growth mindset” refresher? You’re in good hands with researcher Carol Dweck. In her talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve, and how this can directly help students.