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TED Club

TED club is a new, invite-only after school club. It is aimed at our more able learners to support and enhance the learning in class. It will be thought-provoking and fun, challenging and inspiring. This club will make you think, help you learn and open your mind to new ideas.

Week 1

We shared our thoughts about the “The secret life of plankton” TED Ed video that we watched for homework


We also watched a video about making magnetic slime! Amazing, huh?



Week 2

We talked about the TED Ed videos that we had chosen to watch for homework this week. These are the ones you recommended to your friends:

  • How fast would you have to go to escape gravity?
  • The brilliance of bioluminescence
  • Why are sloths so slow?
  • Why don’t poisonous animals poison themselves?
  • What are the most deadly colours?
  • Could the earth be swallowed by a black hole.
  • Could we live on Mars?


We took an egg and squeezed it as hard as we could; it didn’t break! We talked about why we couldn’t break it using out whole hands  when a chick’s tiny beak can crack it and break out. We suspected that it had something to do with surface area and spreading the force over a wider area. We were surprised and a bit nervous when Mrs Caplan told us we were going to test out theory by walking on a  tray of eggs! We made our hypothesis and set about testing it…


Week 3

This week we started by solving some riddles. We then discussed a series of thought-provoking questions and tried to come up with our own explanations. Some of our favourite ones were:

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

If you fart and burp at the same time would it make a vacuum in your tummy?

Why is it that if someone yells “duck” they are helping you, but if they yell “chicken” they are insulting you?

We looked at a Ted Ed video about some of life’s questions that we have yet to find answers to and talked about how this made us feel.


Week 4

This week we started by sharing how the idea of presenting a talk in public makes us feel- nervous, anxious, excited…

We talked about that fact that we need to base our talks around things that interested us- otherwise we will not be able to speak with the  passion necessary to engage our audience.  We watched an incredible video by a band called Ok Go as they tried to explain where their ideas come from:

The homework this week is to watch another TED Ed video and complete the details on the grid (page 11). Choose any TED Ed videos that interest you. If you are stuck you could try:




Week 5

This week we started by trying to solve one of Ted Ed’s wonderful animated riddles. Why don’t you have a try?

We then looked at different types of feedback and talked about which made us feel best, and which was the most useful to us:

Hearts: Heart feedback is positive but unspecific (ex. “Sam’s intro is great!”)
Diamonds: Diamond feedback is positive and valuable, because it is specific (ex. “Sam’s opening story about pizzacat caught my attention right away and built up suspense that got me excited for the rest of his talk.”)
Clubs: Negative and unspecific, this kind of feedback clubs someone over the head and just hurts (ex. “I didn’t like the part about Widget World because it didn’t make sense.”)
Spades: Just like the little shovels they’re named after, spades can help people dig themselves out of a hole. This feedback may be negative, but also specific, which makes it helpful (ex. “I was a little confused by the part about Widget World and wonder if Sam could explain a bit more about the snack incident, especially since his talk is about how WW made him afraid of popcorn forever.”)


Weeks 6+

We are now working on our own TED talks. First we worked in groups to explore some possible topic ideas and worked together to decide what angle we could take  with each one- this is called the through-line. We then conducted our own research and then worked 1:1 with our teacher to decide on our final topic and the message we are going to try to convey through our own talk. We are now spending the next few weeks writing and editing our work and hope to be able to share it with parents and friends in the new year.