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Motivation February 6, 2013

Filed under: Inspirational — jub574 @ 10:32 pm

Motivation is what drives us in the field of education. Educators need to provide the best learning experiences and the best motivation for this comes from the students! In my psychology class our professor shared this video with us and I thought it was very motivating! Words from 12 year old Dallas student Dalton Sherman, provide educators with a motivational speech to encourage students to believe in themselves.  His excitement and smile is something educators would wish for all of their students.  He is inspirational, have a look and enjoy the words from an inspiring student!


6 Responses to “Motivation”

  1. Allison de Hoop Says:

    Wow, that’s a pretty brave young boy! It’s hard for me to imagine that many people in once place let alone speaking to them all. (This is where someone says, “You know you’re from a small town when…”) My favourite part was where he thanked his teachers/coaches for getting him to where he is today. It’s obvious he had support. I’m also pretty sure he had some public speaking coaching.
    I don’t mean to sound negative, but his style of speaking seemed quite cookie cutter – loudly yelling questions, then pausing for cheers – to other ‘motivational’ speakers out there. The kind of things that motivate me are on smaller scales rather than someone talking loudly at me. I also am wondering about who wrote the speech for him and wondering if it would have motivated me more if he told a story from his life or wrote his own. That being said, I cannot see myself up there talking to the crowd, so that in itself is motivational. It’s amazing what kids can do!

    Finally, I agree with your statement: the best motivation comes from the students. I just need to think back to the first few days of my internship last fall. I had little idea about what I would be teaching or how to do it, even though I knew the curriculum. But, once I met the students my motivation to plan for the coming months took off!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • jub574 Says:

      I absolutely agree that he was coached along the way, but I guess when he has the confidence to get up in front of people and speak that is very inspirational for me. I feel ok with the idea of him being coached along the way, he isn’t selling anything or persuading us to do anything, he is just reminding us to believe in students … after all that’s why we are doing this right! I have not interned yet and am really looking forward to having the students as daily inspiration!

  2. Greg Says:

    That kid had quite the jump to stardom! Also, I didn’t realize that those funding cuts in Texas were of that scale.
    I do have a question about the moral implications of using a child for political purposes. I would have no issues if the child volunteered to speak at the conference because of his personal beliefs in public education, but I hope he isn’t being manipulated.

    • jub574 Says:

      I would like to think he is not being manipulated as well, however I am sure his family has a lot of opinions and views that he did share with us. I think that since his main point was to believe in the students that his view was just a reminder of what teachers do and what they need to continue to do.

  3. John Lintott Says:

    What really makes this motivating is that who is speaking to who: a student motivating teachers. Of all the keynote speakers they could have had, Dalton Sherman proves to be the most important significant one they could have chosen. I bet he’s going to do very well for himself in the future. Thanks for the link!

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