There were few dry eyes in the house, and the crowd gave their first and only standing ovation of the day at the conclusion of Brian Smith’s TED Talk, “Build a Better Teacher.” Smith, Newton-Conover’s RtI Specialist and Professional Development Coordinator, developed the talk around the idea that great teachers become better by picking up on needs of their students that they don’t really know how to address. By seeking out support, focusing on learning how to best meet the needs of each individual student, teachers become better for students in subsequent years who have the same unique needs. Smith discussed specific students who had unique learning needs that challenged him to hit the books, seek out guidance, and even return to graduate school in an effort to help each student grow. Students with reading difficulties, high IQs, and sensory issues all help Smith build a better teacher in himself.
NCCS is proud of Brian Smith. The talk should be on YouTube in 6-8 weeks.