Looking for summer time material on life, the future and what really counts? The following is a TED Talk lesson is designed for teens and end-of-year groups. The Talk is led by Robert Waldinger and covers the lessons from the longest study on happiness. It can be used as both an online/digital and in class activity.
Robert Waldinger's discussion on what really makes life meaningful is perfect for high school, university and development lessons! It encourages listening and interpretation for learners - covering presentation, discussion, writing, listening, analytical and critical thinking skills all in a single download.
I've also used this TED Talks for language learners or for students who need meaningful "make-up" work or extra credit. It is a great summer school credit addition too.
TED Talks are perfect for substitute classes, supplementary material and expanding on your syllabus. It also offers and engaging medium for students to expand and interact their knowledge on textbook concepts. Great for teachers who are looking for that one simple download.
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
The download includes everything you need to get started all in one zip file - along with an optional instructions for teachers and substitutes. In addition, all documents come with PDF versions inside the zip. The link to the TED Talk can also be found inside the Notepad file.
Not Familiar with TED Talks?
TED Talks are an amazing teaching resource that have multiple usecases and often enrich topics, discussions and concepts outside of classic (and frankly boring) teaching curriculum. They engage students to think critically by introducing leading thoughts and modern conceptions about nearly every topic you could imagine.
They are short, powerful presentations that aim to share "ideas worth spreading" on a wide range of topics, from science and technology to business and the arts. They are typically 18 minutes or less and delivered by experts, thought leaders, and innovators from around the world.
The effectiveness of TED Talks has been well documented in many case studies that hundreds of subjects and courses offered by institutions and schools. More can be found here.
Detailed summary found below
★ Communication and Critical Thinking classes
★ End of year, life-development groups
★ Early University, mid-late high school students
★ Psychology and health lessons
Class Objectives and Outcome
☑ Students will question their own values and consider "Happiness"
☑ What makes life meaningful for those that have lived it
☑ Improve listening, public speaking and articulation skills through critical thinking and discussion
Table of contents
ℹ️. Optional Instructions
ℹ️. Class Brainstorm
ℹ️. For Discussion
ℹ. TED Questions
ℹ. Counter Arguments
ℹ. Reflective Questions
ℹ. Terms of Conditions, Freebies
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Appropriate Age/Grade or Cambridge English Scale
➽ Native English High school students
➽➽ B1- C1 Level High school and university students
➽➽➽ Older students of international classrooms
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