Today’s “Ted Talks for Teachers” post features Ramsey Mussallam. He was a good teacher until he became great. Having taught for ten years, Musallam suddenly came face to face with his own mortality from having a life-threatening condition. During this time, he asked big questions about his life and teaching. It was then that he recognized asking questions leads to great instruction. In his TED Talk, Musallam shares his thoughts on the nature of learning and the greater implications this has for our students.
Musallam embraces questions and natural curiosity to create a solid foundation for learning and discovery. He developed three rules for a purpose-driven classroom. His big three include: curiosity comes first, embrace the mess and practice reflection.
Musallam emphasizes that the springboard for great instruction should begin with awakening students’ curiosity. Next, teachers should embrace the mess. When you begin class with big questions, you can end up anywhere. Then, it’s important to reflect back on the process in order to grow.
Ultimately, great classrooms are more than state standards, integrated technology and optimized instruction. Great classrooms (and teachers) spark human curiosity.
Do you agree or disagree? Please share your comments below. If you enjoyed this video, also watch Ted Talks for Teacher: Rita Pierson.