top 5 TED talks for teachers

Top 5 Teacher TED Talks

Here are the TOP 5 Teacher TED TALKS for educational cognitive psychology! If you’re wanting a deeper understanding of the psychological framework around student learning and teaching, these are our TOP 5 TED TALKS for teachers!

TED TALK NO. 1: The power of ‘Yet’

Anything with American Psychologist Carol Dweck is captivating. She is from the university of Stanford. In this TED talk video she explains the power of yet. How student growth mindset can be supported better when teachers give constructive feedback rather than a letter grade which can feel more like constant validation. She goes further into explaining how students can change their neurons for growth mindset.


Tom Angelo lecturing for learning – University of Sydney. This is an older video but it makes a really great point. New concepts take longer in the brain to learn (cognition) therefore taking away cognitive load encodes deeper learning for students.

TED TALK NO. 3: Changing Education Paradigm’s

This is a great comical illustrated TED talk that keeps your attention, as it explains the history of education and it’s purpose on the economy. It’s a political and historical account of why education was born and what it’s purpose is for a future economy. Highly recommend it.

TED TALK NO. 4: Why Standardised Testing Fails

Defeating self fulfilling prophesies for students. Debunking why there are standardised tests and why they fail.

TED TALK NO. 4: Bourdieu’s Cultural Capital

This is a great explanation of French socialist Bourdieu who created the theory of cultural capital. It explains how a student’s habitus sets a foundation for their learning before entering formal education. It’s an inter-generational account of how parents and grandparents have impacted a student’s cultural capital AND how this background is carried around with each of us.

These TED talks for teachers are mostly based on the educational psychology of the student. We can understand our students and how their framework for learning forms a basis of teaching at their level.

Written by Sarah Courtney