Imagine How Students
Can Love American History
Testimonial by Steve Wiley, president of the
Lincoln Leadership Institute At Gettysburg
"The best speaker you've never heard of." ABC News
54 VIDEOS (18 PER VOL) INSPIRE STUDENTS
WHO DON'T CARE TO LEARN AMERICAN HISTORY
It's A Paradigm Shift. So What?
Several years ago, I complained to my son's history teacher that he didn't like history. She complained to me that most students don't care to learn history.
Plus, she resented "teaching to the test."
She had no incentive to teach history. I soon learned why - from this disturbing article in a New York newspaper.
As a frustrated parent, I felt the need to do something. I wanted to find out how kids prefer to learn.
In other words, what motivates a student to learn anything?
The answer was a shock I found in a best-selling book. Teens are texting and watching videos for nearly 7 hours a day.
My months of research led me to writing an Amazon best-seller of short stories, which I converted to video.
These stories generate meaningful life lessons for teens. I tested them on my teenage son and on my 3,100+ Facebook followers for two years.
I can tell you what a teacher in Minneapolis, Raleigh, and LA said about testing it with their students.
The reaction has been nothing short of positive.
Instead of creating another one of hundreds of History Channel shows, I used a single event from America's past to convince teenagers that their lives - right now - have value and meaning.
I portray the actions of one person in a single video. Then I tell the viewer what lesson(s) can be used from that person's action.
In other words, my focus is on what lesson a student can use for personal growth that can last a lifetime.
Compare this approach to a textbook...
To keep a student's attention, I figured the videos had to answer one self-centered question. It's what every teen is asking before entering a history class,
"What's in it for me if I learn history?”
I came up with a way to teach history that doesn't look like history.
Instead, it looks like a character development plan. Or a leadership program. Or, a program to advance social and emotional growth. It's all of these.
To get started, I created an ebook whose colorful pages read as long as a text message. It gives the student free and total access to more than 50 Instagram-length videos.
And the ebook's title appeals to every student's ego: YOU'RE AWESOME! which you can download here for free.
This ebook is not a US History crash course, but a "teaser" for our classroom video series.
The classroom series consists of 52 videos, each playing 4 to 8 minutes in duration, with a simple strategy on how to engage your students for an entire class period after viewing only one video.
Don't be surprised when your students request to watch the videos again and again.
You can use this program as a working elective that says “goodbye” to the textbook. Now that's a paradigm shift.
Imagine an American history classroom discussion that's animated about how to communicate more effectively.
Or, a class on how your students can increase their chances for college admission.
Or, how any student can save the life of a desperate classmate.
Your students are engaged: the light bulbs are turning on. The barometer of excitement is rising. And the interest level is totally unexpected.
How is their reaction making you feel?
With rich content, this takes "relevance" to a whole new level.
And you have a front row seat to witnessing an increase in the social and emotional growth of your students.
With 88 stories, over 200 life-lessons, and a model digital workbook, our video series will help each of your students.
Each will discover their own leadership ability, the advantages of a strong character, and the easy steps to their daily success.
With this flexible program, you'll answer that nagging question about learning history in a stimulating and brand new way.
And you already know that the mind loves novelty.
History websites will continue to be useful, but teaching history will be a lot more appealing.
You will use video to engage your students because their preferred source of information is video.
Now you have a captive audience with this series.
How would you like to become the only teacher who makes learning American history emotionally connecting and personally rewarding? And make your elective a favorite with students?
Plus, your students will get an advantage in the college application process. Colleges consider leadership as the #1 quality in applicants.
And the college application essays of your students, after taking this course, can prove they're already leaders.
PROOF: A teacher in Minneapolis will gladly speak with you when you want to know her success with the program. So will a teacher in Los Angeles, and another in Chapel Hill.
FREE OFFER TO ALL SCHOOLS
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NOTE: USB flashcards will be available March 31st. It will be the only item that will require a purchase fee of $39.95. Consider it as a gift item for someone.