Learning is...Shining Eyes
If the demands of the classroom ever wear you down and you need some inspiration - have I got a suggestion for you.
Benjamin Zander's TED talk of June of 2008. In my opinion, it is one of the greatest examples of teaching I have ever seen. I get encouragement watching it from time to time as do millions of others. It remains one of the most viewed TED talks.
The subject was the "transformative power of classical music" - a dry title if there ever was one. But don't be decieved. I learned more about classical music in 10 minutes than I had all my life. And learned even more about teaching.
He talks of the "shining eyes." It's the look a learner has when the message has reached the heart. When a teacher has been successful in inspiring another. He reminds us we are not merely conveying information, but inspiring our learners to rise to their full potential, to awaken possibilities. And he asks us as leaders, if our class, meeting, talk participants eyes are not shining - what are we doing wrong. It is our responsibility to make the eyes shine.
Here is the synopsis: "Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections."
If you need some inspiration, take 20 minutes and watch this session. It will remind you why you are in the learning profession and inspire you to make their eyes shine.