I am not even sure where to begin how to do a review on this TED talk. I have not watched a TED talk this AMAZING in my life! I am not exaggerating either! Linda is an amazing woman who is passionate about students and helping them become successful. Linda is a principal at a school known as Strawberry Mansion. When she first took this position she saw that there were locks on the door, classrooms trashed, and the reputation of the school was dangerous. When she saw and heard the things about this school she knew she had to change things to help students who were once like her. Linda decided to take charge and make changes so that her students could be successful! The first step she took was creating a group of teachers who were willing to help her fix up the school so they could have a school who will prosper. When Linda found a group to help her they started cleaning up the rooms and decorating the bulletin boards around the school. But Linda did not stop there, she taught teachers how to teach the students, she repeats expectations to students daily, she takes lunch duty so she can get to know her students, and when it is a students’ birthday she sings to them! All these things show students just how much their principal cares about them. Strawberry Mansion also holds monthly meetings so that students who have questions or comments about what is going on in school they can ask. Linda said she answers each and every question with an honest answer!
After a year of being there Linda and her school has made HUGE improvements and she says they still have a long ways to go. When she first started there most kids didn’t come to class and the academic scores were very low. After a year attendance is better and the score have increased immensely! I love hearing stories of hard work paying off. And to help you know how much I love hearing stories like this I have watched this TED talk 5 times! Linda was once like her students living in poverty raised by one parent and now she is a principal who is helping students. She knows what her students go through just to survive and that is why she makes school such a great place for them because she wants it to be the highlight of their day! My favorite quote from her is “ If nobody told you they loved you today, Remember I do! And I always will!” I will be using this quote the rest of my life because this is so powerful! I want to be the teacher who makes the highlight of a students’ day! I want my students to know they are loved.
***Watch the video! You. Will. Be. Inspired!