We were to choose a TED talks video of our own, view it, and learn from it. I decided to watch a video titled “Teach teachers how to create magic” given by Christopher Edmin. I found this talk to be truly inspirational. In this talk he gave examples of classroom situations where students were engaged and when students were not engaged. He would talk in the sense of “right now.” What is happening in classroom today, what are aspiring teachers learning, how are they being prepared to teach? Some kids are pretending to be sick so they would not have to sit in a classroom and listen to a teacher ramble on. Others are at the edges of their seats, waiting to hear what comes out of their teacher’s mouth next. Edmin stated that the difference between these types of teachers is where they choose to surround themselves. The teachers who have a powerful impact and a strong message are not cooped up studying decades old education theories. They are in a setting where they are being engaged like rap concerts, barbershops, or black churches. In these settings, there is rarely a dull moment. He spoke in detail in particular about black churches. I have not been to one but, from what I have seen in movies, they are very enthusiastic. He would talk about how the preacher would often see people begin to wander off and then would shout “can I get an Amen?” over and over until their attention is brought back to what he was saying. He would speak in a low voice to make them aware that what he was saying was important. Teaching is not only about content but attitude and enthusiasm. Anyone can stand in front of a classroom every day and give hour-long lectures, but the students will not learn if they are not engaged. I have learned a lot about education in my two years at Chadron State, however, I was always waiting, and still waiting, on how to truly teach a class. I have made numerous lesson plans and have been taught how to manage a classroom, but I still feel disconnected. I agree with Edmin that we should teach aspiring teachers how to create magic. We as future educators need to be exposed to people who have this magic and learn from them. Edmin suggests that we go to rap concerts, we go to barbershops, and we go to black churches, and take notes on what they do that engages us. Without magic, all that content and learning is lost.