As I listened to Emdin refer to the skill of engaging students as the "the magic of teaching," I began to reflect on the model lessons I've done this week, and the importance of using "hooks" to draw the students in, keep them engaged, or make them leave the classroom wondering what the next day's lesson has in store. While I cannot claim to be as engaging as the "person
person who can tell an audience to put their hands up in the air and they will stay there till he says, 'Put them down,'" I have used many hooks from one of my favorite books, Teach Like a Pirate, and hope that I will continue to learn and implement ideas I gain from TED talks and my other avenues of learning, with the ultimate goal of transforming my teaching and learning.
If you're interested in checking out some TED talks, here's a few links to get you started:
10 Best TED Talks of 2014
5 TED Talks Teachers Should Share with Students