Teachers: Are you ready for the new school year? Are you feeling energized and ready to kick it into high gear? If you are looking for some inspiration, look no further!

Meet Stephen Ritz, a sixth grade teacher in the South Bronx. He has taken a simple lesson plan to new level in his classroom, with amazing and unexpected results. His students create, among other things, indoor edible walls that he calls “the new green graffiti.” During his talk, I lost count of the number of benefits to the students and to the community that come out of the work his kids are doing.  I’d suggest you listen all the way to the end of Stephen’s 13-minute TEDxManhattan talk below, but frankly I’ll be amazed if you are able to turn it off before he’s finished speaking.  Check out the other videos on his website, the Green Bronx Machine.

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