20 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions

  1. “How to Make Stress Your Friend” by Kelly McGonigal

This TED Talk explores how viewing stress as a positive force can improve student well-being and performance.

  1. “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brené Brown

Brené Brown discusses the importance of embracing vulnerability and cultivating connection in this insightful talk.

  1. “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” by Sir Ken Robinson

In this thought-provoking talk, Sir Ken Robinson challenges the traditional education system and advocates for nurturing creativity in students.

  1. “My Stroke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor

Jill Bolte Taylor shares her personal experience of having a stroke and provides fascinating insights into brain function and perception.

  1. “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” by Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy explains how body language affects our mindset and confidence, highlighting the importance of positive non-verbal communication.

  1. “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This talk explores the impact of stereotypes and encourages students to seek multiple perspectives to develop a more nuanced understanding.

  1. “The Puzzle of Motivation” by Dan Pink

Dan Pink discusses the science of motivation, challenging traditional approaches and offering insights into fostering intrinsic motivation.

  1. “The Happy Secret to Better Work” by Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor shares humorous and scientifically backed strategies for cultivating happiness and improving productivity.

  1. “The Power of Introverts” by Susan Cain

Susan Cain advocates for the recognition and appreciation of introverts in society, highlighting their unique strengths and contributions.

  1. “The Art of Being Yourself” by Caroline McHugh

Caroline McHugh explores self-identity and authenticity, encouraging students to embrace their true selves in this inspiring talk.

  1. “The Mathematics of Love” by Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry uses mathematical principles to explore patterns in human relationships, revealing surprising insights about love and compatibility.

  1. “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Lee Duckworth

Angela Lee Duckworth shares her research on the importance of grit in achieving long-term goals, inspiring students to develop perseverance.

  1. “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” by Tim Urban

Tim Urban hilariously delves into the world of procrastination, helping students understand their own tendencies and find strategies to overcome them.

  1. “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers” by Adam Grant

Adam Grant explores the characteristics and habits of original thinkers, offering valuable insights into creativity and innovation.

  1. “Why We Do What We Do” by Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins examines the driving forces behind human behavior, providing practical strategies for personal transformation and motivation.

  1. “The Science of Cells That Never Get Old” by Elizabeth Blackburn

Elizabeth Blackburn shares her groundbreaking research on telomeres, shedding light on the aging process and potential interventions.

  1. “The Voices in My Head” by Eleanor Longden

Eleanor Longden recounts her personal journey with schizophrenia and challenges stigmas associated with mental health.

  1. “The Power of Believing That You Can Improve” by Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck discusses the growth mindset and its impact on student achievement, encouraging a belief in the capacity for growth and learning.

  1. “The Fruits of Grit” by Angela Lee Duckworth

In this talk, Angela Lee Duckworth further explores the concept of grit and its impact on personal and academic success.

  1. “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek investigates the power of purpose and effective leadership, inspiring students to lead with authenticity and inspire others.