TeacherJam’s co-founder Michelle King was nominated to speak at the 2015 iteration of TEDxPittsburgh. King asked the audience to consider empathy as a way to reconnect with humanity, and challenged us to embrace the scribble.
From the TEDxPittsburgh site:
Michelle King is a learner first and foremost and as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher aka a professional hostage. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew of educators and students for over 16 years. In her quest to instigate courageous conversations about learning and children, she has ventured to The Environmental Charter School and their principles (Catalyst. Character. Collaboration. Commitment.) Currently, she teaches Cultural Literacy, an integrated social sciences and English/Language Arts course. She constantly seeking to create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder, discovery, contradictions, frustrations, and joy. In making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students. Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Carnegie Science Center, Hear Me, the Kids+Creativity Network, Remake Learning and other provocateurs; Michelle is helping to create equitable, empathetic, learning experiences for all Pittburghers.
Current Conundrums: How might we create empathetic institutions that remind us of our humanity? How might we design learning institutions to build connections? How might we allow those connections help us re-see the worlds we inhabit? How might we embrace silence in our lives?