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How to Make Stress Your Friend Ted Talk by Kelly McGonigal

Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal is a leader in the growing field of “science-help.” Through books, articles, courses and workshops, McGonigal works to help us understand and implement the latest scientific findings in psychology, neuroscience and medicine. (
Is stress actually beneficial for your health? In this fascinating Ted Talk, Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct discusses the perception of stress and its effects on health versus its actual positive effects. A really interesting look at the impact of looking at stress as a positive force instead of negative in today’s world. As a huge topic that is discussed across campuses everywhere, there is a significant link between a student’s stress level and their success and even things like suicide rates. But by changing the view of stress from a negative to a positive, the result is a more effective work mindset and better health. Truly an interesting viewpoint relevant to the stresses and daily demands on students.
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Changing Education Paradigms Ted Talk by Ken Robinson.

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His 2013 book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, is a practical guide that answers questions about finding your personal Element. In his latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, he argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students. (

A must watch video discussing the need to change the format of the educational model for today’s students.
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