I just finished listening to Royan Lee‘s amazing TED Talk on My Brother Is Autistic. Royan is an educator that has inspired me since I joined Twitter almost seven years ago. It was through his blog that I learnt about his brother, and the impact that this relationship had on him and his teaching career. I would encourage all educators, administrators, and parents to watch this TED Talk, as I think that it speaks to more than just having a brother with autism.
- It speaks to acceptance.
- It speaks to the importance of diversity.
- It speaks to the value in advocacy.
- It speaks to the power of relationships.
- It speaks to the importance of positivity.
- It speaks to the greatness of all students, and what we can learn from even our most challenging experiences and challenging students.
- It speaks to the importance of seeing beyond a “label.”
- It speaks about love: from a personal and a professional standpoint.
My experiences may vary from Royan’s, but these messages are ones that I can connect with, and are great reminders of some things that I think matter most in education and in life. What do you think? What did you learn from this TED Talk, and what impact do you think that it will have on your personal and/or professional practices? I would love to hear!