Today's educators need to be willing to learn from the past as well as embrace the future and their students' needs. The internet gives access to insights of thousands of professionals who make their work available online. Sometimes, just a few minutes of inspiration is all that is needed to reignite your passion for teaching.

A global phenomenon, TED talks are viewed by more than 1 billion people every year. Powerful ideas, brought to the stage by those who are passionate about their lives and careers, are available in full-length videos on the TED website. Especially useful for educators are the TED Talks Education initiatives created to inspire both students and educators.

Continuing with part 2 of our series, here are the top five TED videos to watch or add to your training series:

5. J. J. Abrams: "The Mystery Box"

The maker of hit TV series "Lost" and "Star Trek" talks about his love for mystery and how bringing it to life on the small screen plays out. Continuing to guide students' curiosity in the mysterious is essential for life learning skills.

4. Dan Meyer: "Math Class Needs a Makeover"

Meyer makes you stop and think. The math teacher talks about why the world needs more patient problem-solvers, as opposed to popular quick fixes.

3. Sir Ken Robinson: "How to Escape Education's Death Valley"

Be enlightened by Robinson's talk on helping students flourish with a broad curriculum that incorporates everything necessary for life.

2. Christopher Emdin: "Teach Teachers How to Create Magic"

In his bite-sized talk, founder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) makes the argument for teaching educators in urban environments how to be more engaging and effective in the classroom.

1. Rita Pierson: "Every Kid Needs a Champion"

A colleague once told Rita Pierson "they don't pay me to like the kids," to which she rightly responded "you know, kids don't learn from people they don't like." A lifelong educator, Pierson's rousing talk expounds on the importance of forming a personal connection with each student. 

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