Category: TED-Ed Innovative Educators

I made my classroom look like the real world…and test scores soared

Anthony Johnson is an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Below, he describes his innovative classroom structure: “Johnsonville.” Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after [...]

Should every kid learn to love computer science?

The short answer is yes. Here’s why. In the Lego Movie, the protagonists are “master builders” — enlightened blockheads with a superior understanding of how the tiny pieces of their plastic world fit together. This special knowledge allows our mini [...]

The magic of collaboration: These two teachers created #GlobalSpeedChat to promote cross-cultural understanding among students

Colleagues, mentors, friends. This is how two TED-Ed Innovative Educators — Kim Preshoff and Jennifer Hesseltine — describe each other after meeting face-to-face for the first time. Below, Kim and Jen describe what happened next: It was one year ago at TEDYouth in [...]

Erase meanness at your school

How do you teach kids to stand up against bullying behavior? One TED-Ed Innovative Educator wants to show you how. In 2012, middle school teacher Eric Johnson grew concerned about a lack of kindness between students. To address the issue, he created [...]

How to start a community service learning project at your school

Community service learning projects can teach lessons that last a lifetime. For students, these school projects build character strengths like leadership, gratitude and kindness. For community groups, they bring an infusion of energy and resources. Ready to start a community [...]

Lead a TED-Ed professional development workshop designed for teachers, by teachers

“Kashmir, my birthplace, has been facing political conflict for a very long time,” says Mahrukh Bashir, a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Inspired to create a more peaceful world, she began teaching English in Indonesia — and sharing global education resources with her [...]

When TEDx speakers mentor student speakers, everyone wins

Craig Zimmer was inspired to become an educator after his history teacher and his drama teacher encouraged him to let his light shine. Today, Zimmer inspires his own students to take the stage and share big ideas with the world. [...]