“Is this job tough? You betcha. Oh God, you betcha. But it is not impossible. We can do this. We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference.”

This TED Talk is one of the most powerful and inspiring speeches for teachers. Rita Pierson speaks passionately, professionally and frankly about education. She emphasises the importance of building a relationship with your pupils, even when it’s not easy to do so. It encourages you to put the kids at the centre of your thinking, value you them as humans and keep caring.

“I am somebody. I was somebody when I came. I’ll be a better somebody when I leave. I am powerful, and I am strong. I deserve the education that I get here.”

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