TED Talks in the Classroom: Awele Makeba on the Stories that Empower Us

The TED Team launched a new initiative this week — TED-ED, focused on sharing short, dynamic videos for classroom and lifelong learning. The initial launch is modest — just a handful of videos. But they’re engaging and concise and really perfect for including in lessons.

Here’s an example — Awele Makeba is a storyteller from Oakland, California who was part of the recent TED 2012 session called “The Classroom,” along with me and a bunch of other storytellers of different kinds, who teach in different ways.  Her talk is about the power of stories — how they shape us, and how we, in turn, can shape the world.  If you’ve read this book…

…you’ll have a special appreciation for Awele’s story.

Classroom Connections:

Read:

TWICE TOWARD JUSTICE: THE STORY OF CLAUDETTE COLVIN by Phillip Hoose and Claudette Colvin

WE WERE THERE, TOO: YOUNG PEOPLE IN U.S. HISTORY by Phillip Hoose

Listen:

Before Rosa Parks, There was Claudette Colvin”  from NPR

An interview with Rosa Parks

Connect:

From Scholastic, “Rosa Parks: How I fought for civil rights”

Awele’s website

For a really fascinating classroom conversation, pair Awele’s TED Talk with this one from Bryan Stevenson, about race, poverty, privilege, and justice in our own times.

How far have we come as a nation? And where do we go from here?

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4 Comments

  1. Posted March 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Kate, thanks so much for sharing your TED experience and these videos. I look forward to watching them. You continue to inspire.

    Hope you’ve been able to make great progress toward meeting your deadline tomorrow. (I loved your comment about the woman in the gym who asked how you like “not working” now. Ha!)

    Rock on!
    Donna

  2. Brenda Eaves
    Posted March 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    With tears of gratitude thank you for sharing and making me think more of how social justice must be brought into focus in my classroom.

    • Posted March 19, 2012 at 1:16 am | Permalink

      Wasn’t Awele fantastic? She is a remarkable woman and such a gifted storyteller.

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