One of my favourite videos that I have seen is of Dalton Sherman, a young student in Dallas, Texas who did the keynote for education staff at the beginning of the school year. What I find absolutely amazing about this speech, is the confidence and maturity this young man has as a speaker. He does not only have a great message, but he also has the talent to be engaging and humourous, way past his years. These are characteristics that I strive for anytime I speak to any group, but Dalton seems to hit it better than I ever could.
There are two things that REALLY stick out to me in this video. First and foremost, is the message. As an educator, I truly believe that we need to find a student’s passion and help them build upon that. Dalton may not be the strongest student academically (I honestly have no idea how his academics are nor to be honest, do I care), but he does have an obvious passion for speaking. Students should not have to work with educators that do not work their hardest to find and empower students to find their talents. Engaging students in their passion is our number one job as educators; this will definitely give them the opportunity to become leaders in their lives.
The second thing that stands out to me is that SOMEONE believed enough in this student that Dalton could be the one to inspire educators at the beginning of the year. It is a monumental task to speak in front of such a large and diverse crowd, but someone believed enough in Dalton to get him up there, and let him lead teachers. Great to see that such a large group of educators is happy and eager to learn from one of their students.
Enjoy the below video of Dalton; it is definitely one that sticks with me.