Virtual Teacher


A selection of inspiring videos. Use them at Staff meetings and some with the students.
They challenge us to think beyond our current situation and discover new daring and creative solutions.

Time to Grow Up & Get Back to Work

Video from RedBalloonWork
This is a satirical commercial, mocking the ridiculous nature of today's woke workplace.
Because the truth is, no one dreams of growing up and working in an environment that censors their speech,
tells them how to think and judges them by their skin color or gender.
This is a great discussion starter, what do you think?

Sugata Mitra

Video from the TEDGlobal conference 2010 - 17mins
This is an amazing video with footage from schools in areas with no schools. It points to many new possibilities. You will be amazed this looks impossible, and has huge implications. Sugata's final hypothesis - education is self-organizing system, where learning is an emergent phenomenon.
​Here is another video by Sugata which is worth watching.
Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves

Steve Jobs

Short Video well worth showing to students. 1995
Embrace and change life and never be the same again.

In 1994, Steve Jobs was privately interviewed by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association. What he said during that interview was remarkable. In this footage, Steve talks about his values, advice to entrepreneurs and his thoughts on how to best live life.

John Cleese

John Cleese is the master of Creativity and offers much in his lecture - video to follow. An incredible speech, we have set up a Space Time Oasis in our office. Download the sign-age and pin it up at your place. 'Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.'
1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)
2. Space Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)
3. Mind Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
5. Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

Noam Chomsky 

The Purpose of Education

Indoctrination vs Enlightenment

Do you train them for passing tests or develop creative inquiring individuals.

Do we want people who are free creative individuals who gain from the the creative acheivements of the past and add to them or do we want people who can increase GDP they are not the same thing.

Alan Watts

What If Money Didn't Matter
You must watch this
What makes you itch? How do you like to spend your life? What do you desire? what if money didn't matter? What if money was no object? What would you like to do if money were no object? Share and be part of change.

Brené Brown

Daring Classrooms
What would it mean for our schools and classrooms if we showed up for tough, honest conversations about what it takes to bring our best, most authentic selves to work? These conversations may sound risky and vulnerable, but risk and vulnerability are essential to courageous schools. A daring classroom is a place where both teachers and students commit to choosing courage over comfort, choosing what is right over what is fun, fast or easy and practicing values rather than professing them.

Brian Kennedy

VISUAL LITERACY- Why We Need It - Brian Kennedy - 16m
Great video for Staff meetings. Get the ball rolling with this video.


SHOCKING! The real purpose of your life!
If you watch no other video Watch this one.
What is the purpose of Life? What is the Purpose of our Education System?
And you thought you knew!

Julian Treasure

How to speak so that people want to listen.
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening?

Here's Julian Treasure to help you fix that.
As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

Benjamin Zander

The transformative power of classical music.
This funny insightful Video is a metaphor for teaching and learning and inspiring.
As a teacher how do you know you are doing this.....
You know how you find out? You look at their eyes.
If their eyes are shining, you know you're doing it.
If the eyes are not shining, you get to ask a question. And this is the question: who am I being, that my players' eyes are not shining? We can do that with our children, too. Who am I being, that my children's eyes are not shining?
And WHAT is the definition for a Successful Teacher?
And you know, I have a definition of success. For me, it's very simple. It's not about wealth and fame and power.
It's about how many shining eyes I have around me.

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