The Power of Organizing Ideas (TED Ed Club Story Part 2)

Who believe in the power of pupil’s ideas?

I believe that our students have ‘super power’ that lies on their passion and ideas. They come up with crazy ideas, thought, and curiosity. As time goes by, many students seems to hinder their passion. They stop asking. Why? That’s because we often see their messy ideas and said “You can’t never do it”, “That’ll not be asked in our Final Exam.” “We don’t need that”. We want every students sit nicely and just learn what they need to learn based on curriculum.

Did we realize that we are ‘cutting ‘student’s ability to fly with their super power using our ‘curriculum and test requirement’?

It’s time to let our students fly with their own wings! What we need to do to cultivate their curiosity and organize the mess! 
Watch how amazing and inspiring educator, Jennifer Magiera shared her experiences to make it happen.

This is exactly what I did with my TED Ed Club.  After we did exploring ideas, I think the ideas are just exploded and scattered. Students come out with many crazy and cool ideas. But, the problem is the ideas are still look like puzzle.

It’s there but the ideas need to be organized beautifully. Instead of saying that’s impossible and complicated, what we are trying to do is to help them to make this relevant and simple. So, we are entering next phase when we manage the mess with ideas organization.

Learned from what Steve Jobs presentation tips, we need to organize ideas into three parts:

1. Introduction

Challenge the students to begin their topic by exploring “WHY”

Why does it matter to listen to your ideas? Why you need to present this? Why should I care?

The students  can share why they choose the topic through personal stories, problems, short video/image, cases, news, and anything that engage the audiences to think critically why they should listen to your presentation. Inspiration that capture the audience’s heart is the first and foremost thing to do.

Steve Jobs begins the problems he have in daily life. Then, he began to elaborate the reasons why we need his Apple product.

2. Content

Then, you can elaborate your ideas using examples here by answering “WHAT”

Show examples. Expose solutions. Use images. Emphasize the benefits. Elaborate different types/genres/kinds. Anything you want to share about your topics.

One of my students want to share about music genre so I asked him to elaborate music genre examples. Benefits of listening to the genres. Give inspiration that make the audiences said “YES!”

3. Conclusion

Close your presentation with “HOW”

Engage your audiences to practice what they have learned from your presentation. Show simple and practical tips, memorable and practical quotes, and easy things to do to implement your ideas. Exhibit the relevance of the ideas to each person’s life. Summarize your main perspectives and ideas at the end.

Steve Jobs conclude his presentation by showing how his product can solve his daily life problems and inviting people to join him to experience the solutions. Ashton Kutcher closed his speech on Teen Choice’s Awards by do recap his points of presentation.

After analyzing Asthon Kutcher’s presentation, I learned that the beauty of presentation has:

1. Specific structures that make your audience focus on ideas.

2. Clear road map that picture your presentation.

3. Recap important things they need to learn at the end.

4. Simple language

5. Memorable story.

I am very blessed that I have a partner in my TED Ed Club who actively involved in Toast Master Club. She is Ms.Yenny Tanzino. She is super talented teacher who inspire us to practice public speaking skills using engaging body language, inspiring sentences, and meaningful stories.

TED Ed Club also provides support by providing clear worksheet and guide book that help me and my students to organize the presentations. In two weeks, the students were challenged to explore ideas to open up our presentation in introduction, elaborate our points in the middle and close our presentation with bang performance. Then, we also learned how to research key points what we need to put on each sections.

Finally, I conclude that our students need someone who help them to explore creative ideas and shape it into something clear, neat, and meaningful. That’s what describe the experiences in my TED Ed Club.

Let’s Shape The Mess together!

To be Continued

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2 Responses

  1. This is awesome! I am starting a Ted Ed Club with my advanced classes as a way to differentiate for them. I have to write a letter attached to the release for Ted to send home with the students explaining the process and and goals. How did you go about communicating with parents?
    I am definitely going to use your blog to help me structure our work. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

    • Hi Sunny. Thank you for visiting my blog.
      I use TED Ed parental form to explain about the TED Ed Club and parents need to sign the form.
      I am very excited to see how you start TED Ed Club at your school. Let me know if you need any helps.

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