Olivia Hand '21 Chosen for TED-Ed Club Series
Posted 12/07/2017 11:21AM

Congratulations to Olivia “Liv” Hand ’21 whose TED talk was chosen for TED-Ed’s “Let’s Be Better” series. In her eight-minute talk, “Why Do Bullies Bully?” Liv shares her quest to understand the psychology of a bully.

Liv produced her TED talk in English class last school year. English department faculty member Jill Gerber and Ashley Hastey, Whitfield’s instructional technology coordinator, guided students through the TED-Ed Club curriculum which included brainstorming sessions and hand-written journal entries. From there, students evolved to interactive outlines on Google Docs and produced their TED Talks.

"Liv did a wonderful job of sharing an idea so personal to her; it was not only rewarding for her, but for Mrs. Gerber and me to watch her grow through the process," said Ashley Hastey.

The TED-Ed Clubs program supports students in discovering, exploring and presenting their big ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks. In TED-Ed Clubs, students work together to discuss and celebrate creative ideas. Club Leaders receive TED-Ed's flexible curriculum to guide their members in developing presentation literacy skills to help inspire tomorrow's TED speakers and future leaders.

To watch Liv’s talk click here or paste the following link in your browser: https://youtu.be/IieCJCwCMDQ

Olivia invites the audience to join her on her quest to understand the psychology of a bully. She refuses to accept being labeled as a victim; a point that's thoroughly illustrated with drawings and research. As we close in on her 8 minute presentation, she reveals that it doesn't matter what the bully thinks-- instead, continue to be yourself. Despite her experiences, Olivia is unwilling to accept that some people are either "good or bad." Instead she stays true to her inquisitive nature, and has chosen to examine the influences and characteristics of a modern bully. (provided by TED-Ed)


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