In the 2022 summer term, many students were hard at work developing their own TED Talks. They’ll be presenting their Talks to the school community on October 22nd. Here is a preview of some of their Talks:
- Ethan Zhu (Grade 9)
Want to learn a language? Watch a movie!
Teachers should show more movies and T.V. shows in the classroom instead of books or vocabulary worksheets. Only after watching a staggering number of movies did I realize that watching movies are the best way to increase one’s vocabulary. It is especially great because it makes learning fun, interesting, and connects our learning to cultural references and important language that is otherwise not found in books or more traditional media.
- Isabelle Xie (Grade 7)
The Art of Public Speaking
The most important lesson I have ever learned in school is that art allows us to become better communicators. By learning art, we come to discuss and share our thoughts on various art pieces; by taking art classes, we in fact become better and more convincing public speakers. Everyone needs to take art in order to improve their public speaking skills.
- Brian Yao (Grade 7)
The Growth Mindset of Rivalry
Playing golf competitively has led me to realise, that even in a competition, we still thrive by helping others. In competitions, rivalry is conducive to improvement. Everyone should experience rivalry in their routine activities to encourage the development of a growth mindset.
- Youqi Qiao (Grade 8)
The Real Merit of Learning Math
Math is initially annoying when you force yourself to learn it, but it’s still rather helpful… just probably not for the reason you’re thinking of. The real benefit of math is to win any argument. I often would get into arguments with my friends, and it would lead to a lot of contentions without any amicable solutions. It wasn’t until I really started learning more math that I realized that it is an efficient tool to solve various arguments, disagreements, and disputes.
- Elsa Gao (Grade 5)
The Confection Exception
Many parents complain about candy and their children’s obsession over it, mine included! However, we don’t often hear about how candy teaches children important societal values, such as sharing. Candy is an important tool to figure out how the world works.
- Grace Ding (Grade 8)
To Live Is to Argue
Contrary to popular belief, being argumentative is a desirable quality valued by many; by joining a debate club in high school, I have come to learn how every single part of our day after leaving the house involves arguing. More importantly, I have learned that we need to argue about every single thing – in order to become responsible citizens in society.
- Xander Qiu (Grade 9)
Hobby or Addiction?
Where do our hobbies end, and our addictions start? Many struggle to accurately differentiate between the two. People who enjoy their hobbies might just be thinking that it is just something to kill time or to have fun, but in reality, there could be an underlying problem that many have turned a blind eye to. In this Talk, I’ll be explaining the fuzzy line between the two, and what can be done to seek help.
Lucia Chen (Grade 7)
Taking Control of Your Dreams
I believe that everyone should keep a dream journal and learn how to lucid dream because it helps us conquer our fears, solve significant problems that we face every day, and improve our creativity.
Summer Cai (Grade 6)
The Real Reason Why Kids Don’t Enjoy Reading
My mom used to always complain about “kids nowadays not liking books”, and that is what helped me figure out that kids don’t like reading because they are conditioned to not enjoy reading. Parents and schools alike are not teaching reading in a way that engages youth, and children come to hate reading because of it.