This video has been going around the internet for a few years now, but it is a great message for any teacher – especially a teacher who works with disadvantaged or special needs children – to start his or her new school year. If you haven’t seen it, you are in for a treat. (Thanks to Susannah Koffman on the School-Based Speech and Language Therapy Facebook Group for reminding us of it.)
Watch this 9 year old student, Dalton Sherman, grab the attention of 20,000 adults and hold them in the palm of his hand in 2008. Contrary to popular myth, the speech was not written by Dalton, but his delivery continues to inspire teachers none-the-less.
Dalton’s speech immediately went viral and people from all over the country began requesting him as a keynote speaker. Impressed with Dalton’s poise and presence Ellen Degeneres and Oprah invited him to appear on their shows.