Dan Meyer, began his talk at TEDxNYED this way:
"Can I ask you to please recall a time when you really loved something: a movie, album, a song or a book. And, you recommended it wholeheartedly to someone you also really liked. And, you anticipated that reaction, you waited for it, and it came back, and the person hated it. So by way of introduction, that is the exact same state that I spend every working day of the last six years... I teach high school math."
Meyer goes on to show his approach, the ways he leads resistant people to become better problem solvers. I can see it applying to other subjects beyond math, too. I'm going to start following his blog.
(And as with so many cool things, I found this via lilalia at Yum Yum Cafe.)