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Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future | Joe Ruhl | TEDxLafayette

Collaboration. Communication. Critical thinking. Creativity. – Should be present in all classrooms.

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 presently 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 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. In 1996 he received the Purdue University College of Science Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in K-12 Science Teaching. In 2004 he was awarded the Purdue College of Education’s Crystal Apple Teaching Award. And in 2012 he was honored with the Shell National Science Teaching Award.

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Lisa Lee gives an emotional talk about making a difference in children’s lives as teachers and teaches us that if we reach the inner core first, the common core is more easily taught.

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  1. The power of one for many. Thank you for honoring us who teach and those we hope to inspire. Simply incredible.

  2. Hey Teacher, Leave those kids ALONE

  3. That hunting story is good but remember they were Men and Hunting party and not some kids, while the Hunting party was hunting, the kids were playing how to drive crazy those mothers

  4. Good speech but yet lacking a lot, Kids are not your Lab Mice, trying things on them, There are facts, and you guys never let me come up there to expose it. For one thing, Education is in the hands of Savage Capitalism, Teachers nowadays are EXPENSE and not ASSETS. They are fired easily and nice speeches won't bring them back to their jobs.

  5. I guess new teachers will appreciate this, but it's kinda old news…concepts which have been around a long, long time, but, for various reasons, most teachers haven't implemented them. As for these 21st century skills, I can't believe people actually think these represent revolutionary concepts that are so vastly different from anything anyone has ever needed to know. People have always needed to learn collaboration, communication and critical thinking, and they've always needed opportunities for creativity to flourish. Groups heavy into digital learning as the "magic bullet" of reform speak of the great "social and economic challenges" students will face. Seriously? What do they think Americans had to face going forward after October 29, 1929 and December 7, 1941? Unfortunately, many will buy their rhetoric as their cognitive skills are too underdeveloped to see through their fancy phraseology and sophisticated language. Just know that, if there's anything that's going to hinder one's creativity and ability to think and communicate, it's digital technology. And you can take that to the bank!

  6. I've been watching TED for over 2-3 years but this is among the very few times I am writing in this comment box for a TED talk. This is brilliant and I am inspired. Thank you.

  7. Thank you, TEDx and Mr. Joe. It's an awesome video! :D

  8. Thank you so much for your precious presentation.God bless you.


  10. Anyone who dislike this video doesn't deserve to call himself/herself an educator!

  11. As a teacher at the beginning of my career, I will save this and watch it everyday until it becomes MY way of teaching.

  12. I wish i had a teacher like you..
    You are practicing what i always wondered while i was at school, where i live there's no way to change that. Poor italy

  13. I loved her spirit and enthusiasm!! I wish I had a similar teacher.

  14. I sure as hell am glad to never have had a teacher as annoying as her.

  15. This all needs to be dismantled. Certificates and compliance with very nonsensical standards written by people who have not been anywhere near a classroom have nothing to do with teaching. You have teachers in the schools who can quote chapter and verse of common core this and MCAS that but who can't spell and don't even know when the Declaration of Independence was signed or how to calculate the circumference of a circle. All that common core this and bureaucratic that has JACK SQUAT TO DO WITH TEACHING. Teaching is knowledge and character. If you can't manage those two things, resign today because you have NO BUSINESS TRYING TO BE A TEACHER. LOAD UP ON KNOWLEDGE AND CHARACTER. GIVE YOUR STUDENTS KNOWLEDGE AND INSPIRE THEM WITH YOUR CHARACTER. If you can't get behind that, get behind an unemployment line.

  16. can't wait to teach

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  18. I am fortunate to have come across this video. You revive my faith in humankind, the human spirit and the true role of a teacher. More power to you!

  19. Hi Ms. Lee, I'm from the Philippines, and I'm a teacher in the making. I just want to thank you for that wonderful speech. You inspired me a lot to become a great teacher in the future. One year to go and I'm real teacher. Thank You. Thank You.!!:)

  20. teaching is not teaching that's learning

  21. Great speech! He summarized the characteristics of an excellent teacher.

  22. Thanks for sharing Lisa. I am glad I live in your paradigm.

  23. "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all" -Aristole

  24. Yay mrs Lee

  25. İ am one of the luckiest person who watched Ms Lisa Lee on the stage, in İzmir, TURKEY. Lisa, it is a great chance for me to meet you. You are a gifted person and i'll never forget you and your speech. Love you so much. Ceren

  26. I'm not a teacher but after watching this video…I salute you teachers all around the world. 

  27. I love this philosophy! This is why I became a virtual teacher — the "heart," coupled with the "one-on-one" instruction, totally FULFILLS me! Any current or prospective online tutors out there?

  28. Man I got a little emotional watching this.

  29. most annoying person on earth

  30. One almost fell asleep.
    Can't someone give her chloroform?

  31. Amazing!