AP Grade 12 Ted Talks

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As our year winds to a close, our Grade 12’s share their wisdom and experience with our AP kids and friends via a Ted Talks style 5-15 minute speech.  The students’ truth and wisdom brought us all to tears for well over two hours.  Here are the highlights as shared with us by Jade’s great note-taking.

Highlights from grade twelve Ted Talks: 

Claire, on “Why I am Funny” 

  • -“If I’m funny, they’ll have to keep me around, right?” 
  • -insightfully describes humour as a source of validation, inspiration and perhaps even a coping mechanism 
  • -a wonderful speech about finding and establishing a sense of belonging and a safe, comfortable space 
  • -exploration of the idea that funny=likability=happiness 
  • -relatable–we are all looking for validation, for something to cling to, how we have a tendency to compare ourselves to other when we don’t feel like we are good enough 
  • -a funny, heartwarming story about finding and knowing our own worth–reaching our full potentials–how sometimes it’s a matter of patience 
  • -surrounding ourselves with humble, caring people who advocate for our success 
  • -taking chances, trying new things in order to find a place where we are passionate, where we feel safe, and where we feel like we belong 

 

Emily on “Dear Someone, from a child of divorce” 

  • -we all love people differently 
  • -spoken word style–LOVE 
  • -“matrimony, like bones and roses and poetry is fragile” 
  • -“it breaks the bonds, love and lovers” 
  • -fear of loving, of giving others too much of ourselves, fear of sacrificing dreams and hopes in the name of love 
  • -“I will likely take more than I can give” 
  • -“married, mothered, and monstrous” 
  • -“my hair, my sheets and clothes all smell like you” 
  • -how our upbringings predispose us to loving a certain way 
  • -how do we love selflessly without losing/destroying ourselves in the midst of doing so 
  • – dear, someone–word someone makes it applicable and relatable to anyone. 
  • -BRAVO! 

Harmehar on “the harm of minimizing your self-worth” 

  • -a universal suffering we have all experienced 
  • -why do we find confidence intimidating? 
  • -some of the most confident people have also felt the most insecure 
  • -who do we surround ourselves with?–we need to find people who love us unconditionally, those who are accepting of us, flaws and differences 
  • -don’t surround yourselves with people who are afraid to see you succeed!–cut them out of your life. 
  • -knowing what makes you happy and practicing those things; hobbies etc 
  • -sometimes where you feel you are supposed to be isn’t contributing to your own growth, development, and positive sense of self worth 
  • -self fulfilling prophecies 
  • -“realizing the potential that surrounds you”–never accept less than you deserve, do not short change yourself 
  • -we all deserve to feel good about ourselves 

Bryna on “finding your true path” 

  • -overriding convention of society 
  • -Tumblr and spiritual awakenings—LOVE it 
  • -from catholic to pagan 
  • to look up and realize my spirituality is Apollo and his mates shining down on me
  • -finding our own connections and passions–not letting others choose it for us 
  • -anti-conformity 
  • -“when one god comes in your life, more are sure to follow”  – each to teach us their lessons
  • -wonder, confidence, pride 
  • -“Apollo told me to never let go of my morals” 
  • -“Hermes is my closest companion” 

Sadia – the validation of one’s self

  • -the relationship you should value most is the one with yourself 
  • -the only validation that can satisfy you is the validation that comes from yourself 
  • -“if you make a mistake don’t lament…”–they aren’t meant to be a deterrent 
  • -“keep your humanity close to you.” 
  • -“don’t silence compassionate thoughts” 
  • -don’t let others decide your worth–only you, as an individual can do that 
  • -“our world is not without magic” 
  • -“become aware of the power and influence your mind is capable of” 

Timi on “imperfections and the pursuit of happiness” 

  • – beautiful, biographic story 
  • -we are all born with an inclination to love ourselves–with child-like wonder, something that often begins to deteriorates as we grow older 
  • – “body image became a must pay attention to” 
  • -“In a few months I went from being the most confident to the most self conscious” 
  • -“I looked for love in the wrong places” 
  • -our trials, imperfections and flaws are contributors to our strength and happiness 
  • – abuse
  • -“we all want to be somebody.” 
  • -embracing imperfections 
  • -“know the difference between and imperfection and a liability” 

Sania on “Islam is beautiful” 

  • – stereotypes vs reality 
  • – harm of stereotypes 
  • – peace, love, dignity, respect, a source of comfort in times of despair 
  • – my world of Islam was peace, beauty, and love
  • -“so remember me I will remember you” 
  • -“and he is with you wherever you are” 
  • -open, trusting, reliable community 
  • -“it felt like everyone is Saudi Arabia was one person”–unity 
  • -the fatal generalizations and incorrect assumptions made about Islam: comes from a place of fear, ignorance
  • -“every nation has seeds of corruption” 
  • -“fear reveals what we care about most” 
  • -“all the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water. And that is the tragedy of living” ~ Iain Thomas 
  • -“Islam is good” 

Sajan on “grade thirteen” 

  • -serendipity 
  • -the significance of second chances 
  • -self discovery 
  • -“I provided the spotlight for other people but I never gave it to myself” 
  • -it’s okay to ask for help when we don’t know how to help ourselves 
  • -heartache–muse, inspirational 
  • – finding home 
  • -“it’s never too late to get your *@!$ together” 
  • -the perils of sleep walking through life–find yourself instead 

Malika on “learning to let go while continuing to love on” 

  • -“I can’t leave you, my heart screams…but I have to” 
  • -“goodbyes remind us that we are human and that everything must come to an end” 
  • -“maybe the key to letting go is accepting the fact that forever doesn’t exist” 
  • -“love has no sense of time nor placement” 
  • -“love is a promise to never forget” 
  • -letting go doesn’t mean you stop loving 
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About thehunni

I am an English teacher with FFCA Charter Academy who struts and frets her hour upon the stage. After attending the 2011 NCTE conference in Chicago, and being inspired by the likes of Penny Kittle, Jim Burke and Kelly Gallagher, I decided to embark on the journey to "practice what I preach!" So - here it goes. I'm sure this will be a process that batters and bruises, but hopefully I come out a mere bit wiser as I blog beside my students as a teacher and a learner. I try to blog some of their assignments; otherwise, I use the space to reflect on my learning and teaching!

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