Best teacher¬†: Richard Feynman


In this video clip, I love the way Feynman explains how fire works. He takes such obvious delight in teaching others. You can see how happy he is as his face lights up. And he makes it so clear that anyone can understand it. Students know when you like your subject or not.

If you are passionate about your subject, you encourage the students to love it too. If you hate your subject, why should your students like it?

Feynman has a lot in common with all the amazing teachers out there. You walk into their classroom and immediately feel their positive atmosphere in their classroom, the way they interact with and engage their students and their passion for whatever subject they are teaching. These teachers are not famous, but they deserve just as much awe and respect as someone like Feynman.







Inspirational video – New Zealand student Jake Bailey

As I said in a previous blog post, I like to show my students inspirational quotes and video clips sometimes. This is a great speech to show to your students’.

A New Zealand schoolboy from Christchurch Boys High School. He has been given 3 weeks to live has delivered an inspirational speech to his entire school. 18 year old Jake Bailey has Burkitts non-Hodgkins lymphoma. It is a very aggressive and fast growing type of cancer. His medical team estimates he has just weeks to live.¬†He was told by his doctors that he would not be able to attend his school’s prize giving ceremony as he lay in hospital bed. Jake is head boy at his school and he ignored he advice! His doctors felt that Jake would be too ill to deliver a speech at his school’s annual prize giving. However, Jake defied the odds.

Jake’s speech is very emotional and inspiring. It is 18 minutes in length. There are many shortened versions available but in order to experience the full impact, you need to listen to the whole speech.I have listened to the whole speech and I loved it. It is a thought provoking speech that really moved me. At the end of the video, Jake gets an award for being a great leader and I think it is fully deserved.

Jake’s peers even surprised him with the Haka at the end.


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Here is Jake’s speech.¬†

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Steve Jobs- Inspirational figure for all students.

Everything happens for a reason and something that might seem like the end of the world might introduce you to your true calling. Always believe in yourself and never give up. Keep trying! It will work out if you work hard. If you find a job you love, you will enjoy going to work everyday!

Steve Job is an inspiring figure and a great model for young people today. This video clip is a great video clip to show your students’ especially your LC students’ as it will calm their anxiety about their futures. Steve Jobs was a college drop out. But yet he was one of the most successful men in the world.¬†He was best known as the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.; CEO and largest shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story. It is now the worlds most successful animation studio in the world. ¬†After dropping out from his college course, he dropped in on lectures that did interest him such as calligraphy. Here he learned information that had no practice use in his life until ten years later when he was designing the first Macintosh computer. ¬†He started Apple and due to a power struggle he got pushed out the company he created. ¬†He then set up a company called NeXt. After a few years, Apple then bought NeXt and Jobs returned as a CEO. Steve died from pancreatic cancer in 2011.

A movie about Steve Jobs is out in cinemas in Ireland on the 13th of November. I am sure it will be very inspirational!

‘I still loved what I did. I had been rejected but I was still in love. So I decided to start over. I did not see it then but it turned out getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.’

‘Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith’. I am convinced that the only thing which kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find out what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. ¬†If you have not found it yet, keep looking and do not settle! You will know when you find it!’

‘You cannot connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing in the dots connecting down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path and that would make all the difference.’

This is a great video clip about Steve Jobs. 

It is really good for the trouble maker students or students’ who feel like they do not fit in.

'Here is to the crazy ones, misfits, rebels,  troublemakers, round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently'.

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Time recently wrote a brilliant article about how Steve Jobs ALWAYS ASKED FOR HELP. He was never embarrassed, It is important to remind your students that they can always ask you for help! Teach your students’ to never be afraid of failing, they will learn from their mistakes and they will become better people by as they will grow.

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