5 Ted Talks Every Teen Should Watch

Ted Talks have been a great resource throughout our homeschooling journey, as your teen enters high school, educational needs shift a bit and are more focused on graduation requirements and college admissions requirements. Regardless of post-high school plans, there are some skills that all teens will need for success. We have compiled a list of 5 must-see Ted Talks that will help your teen as they continue their education and catapult into adult life.

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek delivers a simple yet powerful model inspirational leadership.

Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness

Dan Gilbert is the author of “Stumbling On Happiness” and in this Ted Talk he challenges the idea that we are miserable if we do not get what we want, showing that our “psychological immune system”  allows us to feel truly happy even if things don’t go as planned.

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Daniel Levitin: How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll be Stressed. 

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin shows us how to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations.

Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die.

Steve Jobs delivers a powerful message during a Stanford University Commencement speech, urging us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks, including death itself.

Regina Hartley: Why the Perfect Hire Might Not Have the Perfect Resume. 

As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace.

Watching these videos with your teen is bound to open up discussion about life’s obstacles and successes. While these aren’t necessarily “traditional education” videos, they contain a wealth of information that can not be taught through a textbook.

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Corrina Spelts

Mother of 2, lover of technology and experienced homeschooler. I have a love for graphic design, business, and blogging. Our family uses an unschooling approach to education with the firm belief that if you cultivate an environment that is geared towards passion and interests then you can't help but ignite a love for learning.

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