The One Thing All Great Teachers Do | Nick Fuhrman | TEDxUGA

With this talk, Dr. Nick Fuhrman encourages us to recognize the profound personal impact that we can have on others - both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Nick Fuhrman is an associate professor of environmental education in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication. Also known as “Ranger Nick,” he teaches graduate courses in educational program development and data analysis and undergraduate courses in environmental education and teaching methods. Dr. Fuhrman received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Forestry from Virginia Tech and his PhD in Agricultural Education and Communication from the University of Florida. His life’s passion is teaching, and he often uses live animals (such as snakes, turtles, and owls) in the classroom and on his monthly television series, Ranger Nick. Dr. Fuhrman and his wife, Jessica, have a son, Miles, who already seems to love animals and the outdoors as much as his dad. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


  • Tree
    Tree2 hari yang lalu

    I'm not a teacher. Not even close. I watched the whole thing.

  • MeMyselfI ALWAYS
    MeMyselfI ALWAYS3 hari yang lalu

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  • Cianna Coleman
    Cianna Coleman3 hari yang lalu

    I have a rule in my kindergarten class at church: if you are wearing socks no running in the room because you will slip on the fake wood floor. One day I forgot I was wearing socks not barefoot and was running around, needless to say I slipped and banged myself up pretty good. After I recovered I turned it around and said “this is why we don’t run in our socks.” A perfect teachable moment lol

  • Andrew Bain
    Andrew Bain5 hari yang lalu

    I thought the chicks head was a dog

  • Michael del Castillo
    Michael del Castillo5 hari yang lalu

    Great teachers inspire!

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan10 hari yang lalu

    Absolutely one of the most authentic and beautiful lessons I wish I applied when I was younger

  • Shannon Johnson
    Shannon Johnson11 hari yang lalu

    Great job Hokie!!

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  • rallymaster001
    rallymaster00115 hari yang lalu

    Feedback - it matters, it matters, it matters! Thank you 'Ranger' Dr Nick!

  • Gina Ahearn
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  • Michelle Thompson
    Michelle Thompson16 hari yang lalu

    Delightful and inspiring talk!

  • Patricia Martin
    Patricia Martin16 hari yang lalu

    This is such a great talk! It reminded me why I became a teacher. Thank you so much!

    RICA JANE REGATON17 hari yang lalu

    What an fruitful talk! especially to us future educator. Thank You Ranger Nick.

  • Katrina Lewis
    Katrina Lewis19 hari yang lalu

    What you describe is much more than a teacher, it is a mentor. What an achievement! My favorite Ted Talk.

  • TheBobrossmusic
    TheBobrossmusic19 hari yang lalu

    Great talk!

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  • 105_KajalRawal
    105_KajalRawal20 hari yang lalu

    Great teachers are great learners.

  • Jessica Love
    Jessica Love21 hari yang lalu

    Why would this get any downvotes, some ppl just shouldn't be allowed on ID-get

  • Lesley Valencia
    Lesley Valencia22 hari yang lalu

    What an awesome speaker! I love teaching and making connections with my students and watching these videos inspire me to be the best teacher for them 😺

  • Sander Bouwhuis
    Sander Bouwhuis22 hari yang lalu

    I would fill the blank with a word akin to inspire or enthuse.

  • Nicholas Jiunchetti
    Nicholas Jiunchetti23 hari yang lalu

    few know, but his name is actually Ranger Nick

  • Patricia Palmieri
    Patricia Palmieri24 hari yang lalu

    Loved it !!

  • Nintensum Phyrx
    Nintensum Phyrx25 hari yang lalu

    No word came to my mind the first time he asked me to fill the blank I took a break and when he asked again the first thing that came to my ming was "listen" I'm happy I came this close c:

  • watvid1
    watvid129 hari yang lalu

    Gotta be the best Ted talk or any talk I've ever seen

  • Kurt Gerard
    Kurt Gerard29 hari yang lalu

    This literally moved me to tears. Society needs more people like him

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  • turdl38
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    I've always said that the best teachers teach students, not just subjects. Sounds about like what this dude's getting at.

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  • Dee F
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    Everyone is right about the main point but teachers need to develop that charisma to charm kids and teens. So many teachers I worked with were just good at being bitches and scarying kids into doing stuff they hated. But a great teacher uses everything from their voice, posture, humor and personal space, all the way through to the resources they buy out of their post-tax pay to charm people into seeing the wonder of the universe. That is a unique skill. Sort of a magician in a classroom.

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  • Dhananjay Theckedath
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    Loved listening to him.

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  • John Allred
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    The word is “authentic.”

  • A Kring
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    Ranger Nick, you are a legend sir. Hat off to you.

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    teachable mistake

  • Tracey Harris-Dowdell
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    I am also an educator, and I would love to learn more from Senor Guzman.

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    This gentleman is outstanding he knows how to connect with people

  • Susan Gallien
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    Much respect to you Ranger Nick, my answer to "good teachers -------- " was "care" and you spelled that out perfectly.

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  • flickrennels
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    I’m lucky - I also get to teach kids the thing I’m most passionate about. For me, it’s music. I, too, get to pull out wonderful surprises (instruments from all over the world) and share them with kids. Finishing up year 29; and it’s still so much fun! Really enjoyed this presentation.

  • David Reyes
    David ReyesBulan Yang lalu

    Thank you nick my favorite teacher was really two people. Miss. Kinoki AKA Pinocchio Music teacher and second is Miss. Phillips 4 grade teacher and third is Mr. Jacob's Science teacher.

  • David Reyes

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    Miss Kinoki was called that because I had a studdering, a lips dislexcia problem which I was more relax with music my first instrument was the violin. After I related to multiple different music teachers. I eventually became 1 chair to my high school Orchestra. I thank Miss Kinoki AKA Pinocchio.

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  • Joanne Woolgar
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    I don't think it is kind to pick up an animal and parade it part of a talk ...when the animal has no choice.

  • David Ball
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    Left me teary eyed. From the UK, thanks for.....well, just being you!

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  • Brandon Johnston
    Brandon JohnstonBulan Yang lalu

    Rule #1 of being a great teacher: have Ranger in front of your name.

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    27 hari yang lalu

    It surely couldn't hurt!

  • April Smith

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    Yeah, I kinda love it. Great story! He's adorable!

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    This one actually made me cry happy tears.

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    EDU-TAINING's a thing...thanks for your work Ranger Nick...

  • Leesa L
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    Amazing! great talk!

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    Bitcoin to the world!!!!!

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  • Bradley Smith
    Bradley Smith2 bulan yang lalu

    Touché, sir. Touché. Just when I thought I had you figured out. The impact that teachers have on the future of society is immense. Imagine how much less anger there could be in the world if we all had this positive reinforcement. People think I’m about to prank them or something when I randomly ask how they’re doing or tell them I appreciate them.

  • James Wright
    James Wright2 bulan yang lalu

    what a great summary-people never for get how you made them feel!

  • Jim Bumgarner
    Jim Bumgarner2 bulan yang lalu

    Great teachers . . . enjoy what they do.

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    Neida Maldonado Perez2 bulan yang lalu

    Awesome Ted Talk. As an educator, I got a lot of great tricks to the trade. I surely found it meaningful and a great 1 to share and watch again!!!

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  • downbntout
    downbntout2 bulan yang lalu

    Carl Buehner said it before MS. Angelou did, but I highly respect all three - Mr. Buehner, MS. Angelou, and this Mr. Fuhrman

  • Kyle Julius
    Kyle Julius2 bulan yang lalu

    We need more Ranger Nick’s!

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  • Οικογένεια Ζερβού
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    Didn't know there were so AWESOME people out there!

  • William Ayres
    William Ayres2 bulan yang lalu

    He celebrated Miss Snakes.

  • Jeanette Lymburner
    Jeanette Lymburner2 bulan yang lalu

    Dr. Fuhrman, your talk made me remember just WHY I became a show kids that someone cares and believes in them. I'm starting to use stickers on sticky notes writing encouraging statements to individual students each day. I have almost 150 kiddos and I can't do them all at once, but my goal is to get one to every student by the end of the year. Received heartfelt "thanks" from 2 8th graders who received theirs today. Made this 30 year veteran teacher's eyes well up with tears, seeing their reaction to receiving their note.

  • Dee F

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    I kept the notes from my two most encouraging teachers gave me. One was inside a inexpensive book that she gave all students as a gift. The other was on the gift tag attached to a Xmas present. I kept the tag, don't remember the gift. They both inspired me to become the best I could be.

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  • Shelley Carpenter
    Shelley Carpenter2 bulan yang lalu

    Thank you for caring and teaching. The world is a better place with you in it!

  • April Smith

    April Smith

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    Ditto!! Thank you for caring enough to share to us all via TED!

  • jennifer yeo
    jennifer yeo2 bulan yang lalu

    This was FANTASTIC!

  • Adelina Clonts
    Adelina Clonts2 bulan yang lalu

    One of the beat talks I’ve heard about teachers! Simplicity for understanding and greatness in its point! Well done!!! 🎶 🍎I also write those little notes! Every age loves it!♥️

  • lesdance3237
    lesdance32372 bulan yang lalu

    Ranger Nick you just made my day!!! From a teacher to a teacher, we do teach because we care! Teachers smile, teachers are charismatic, teachers inspire. Thank you for making me laugh out loud about the football player and the turtle stamp!! You are a gem, and you have touched so many lives. Thank you for touching mine too!!!

  • Charles Elmore
    Charles Elmore2 bulan yang lalu

    He's right, if you're not making mistakes you're not learning.

  • Nick Craig
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  • Rebecca Larson
    Rebecca Larson3 bulan yang lalu

    Best teacher ever!

  • Joey Demiane
    Joey Demiane3 bulan yang lalu

    Wow!!! Incredible talk!!! Focused 24/24, laughed and learned😎

  • Dolly
    Dolly3 bulan yang lalu

    Love You, Ranger Nick ❤️

  • M. S. Hooi
    M. S. Hooi3 bulan yang lalu

    A great teacher continues to teach you long after he or she left you.

  • Rhetta Burrell
    Rhetta Burrell3 bulan yang lalu

    Thank you Ranger Nick!!! Wow you are very entertaining ,educated and funny.I have learned so much in such a short time.I love teachable moments I pause often to capitalize on a moment to teach.I will definitely adopt happy accidents and the overall C A R E format.

  • Diane Kendall
    Diane Kendall3 bulan yang lalu

    Well said! Thank you!

  • Desiree Rodriguez
    Desiree Rodriguez3 bulan yang lalu

    I think it is important to build good bonds with your students. When I first started working for the program it was new to me how to get to know each and every student. And I allowed for my students to get to know me by telling them a little about myself. And also know a little bit about each as well. As time progressed we all got close because we spent every evening after school together. There were times where my girls would be shredding a couple tears and I wouldn’t know why. Of course I would pull them to the side to ask them what’s wrong and have a little conversation. I would always let my students know they can always talk to me about anything. Weather it’s something that may be happening with their friends. Or just about how they are feeling. To let them know that I care about how they are doing. Now something I like to do with my students is after snack we would get in a group before doing some laps and ask everyone how they are feeling and how has their day been. And even if some would respond not good or not so good. I would tell them hopefully our time all together in the program would make it slightly better for them.

  • Arline George
    Arline George3 bulan yang lalu

    We have many many great beautiful n amazing people like you. If Passion is in then life becomes mission. Very inspiring.Thank you bless you.All your dreams come true

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  • Harold Webb
    Harold Webb3 bulan yang lalu

    Ranger Nick, Thank you for the great Ted Talk. As I've grown into the twilight of my teaching career, I am always, as you say, evaluating myself, and PD these days can often be focused on many of the things that DON'T make a good teacher. Talks like these inspire and motivate me though, and I can so relate to your story and subject matter. As a 23+ veteran 8th grade science teacher, I too was inspired to teach/coach from a young age of 15 when I had my own youth hockey team to coach. I've never wanted to do anything else. And, as a science teacher, I have many reptile friends in my classroom, including a corn snake. Animals break barriers with teenagers and always gets their attention, they also seems to magically overcome generational divides and cell phones. Thanks for the inspiration! I'll remember to CARE!

  • Karen Zachary
    Karen Zachary3 bulan yang lalu

    Wow, did not expect to hear a Perry Hall shoutout!

  • Jeany_ Beany
    Jeany_ Beany3 bulan yang lalu

    holy cow if i got turtle on my assignments for good grades (no matter how old I get) I would try a lot harder on test. Its the little things that really bring true joy, honestly. I would love to have a teacher that cared that much. lovely ted talk mate

    POPPIN DAN3 bulan yang lalu

    He looks like a real life woody

  • Fabi Schmoker
    Fabi Schmoker3 bulan yang lalu

    You are a true inspiration my friend! I'm a teacher myself. I hung that picture @21:34 behind me in my classroom for 2 years now. I live and teach by it every day! Thank you :)

  • Barbara Caiti
    Barbara Caiti3 bulan yang lalu

    What an amazing talk and So very inspiring! and you just did it in 10 minutes!

  • Bartosz Kaczan
    Bartosz Kaczan3 bulan yang lalu

    There is one right way back home, only one Name to get saved- Jesus. He is the real (Word of) God, there is only one Spirit of the everlasting love- it is Christ, who loves unconditionally . Everybody can meet Him and understand, how He really is. He tells the truth directly to everyone, who is searching for Him from the bottom of the heart. Jesus Christ is so much different than they wrote and talk about Him in this world. He is so much better than the people think. There is no other God's Name, no other Spirit, nobody who can tell the truth about Him- I mean everyone who hasn' t met Him or doesn't hear His voice. When somebody talks about things, which were written, he becomes a witness of a scripture, not of Jesus Christ. This world is not His Kingdom, that's why it is full of lies, which the people called "truth". Call His holy Name, He always answers when all we want is Him and His truth.. If you belive in Jesus Christ, let somebody babtise you in His Name... Ask honest and let the Holy Spirit fill you and you can listen to the Word of GOD in your heart. . GOD will let you know that you are saved and born again. And then... Will you be searching for Him somewhere else or by someone else, when He will live inside of you? The bible is not the true Word of God, there are two different gospels of this book- about the "lord" of this world (flesh) and the second one about Jesus Christ, The Revealed God, who became a human to save us.. We can be (spirituallly) born again now as the children of the only true Father (The Holy Ghost). If you (still) want to read this book, please remember- always ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, even when you see things written about Jesus.