We have been overwhelmed with support following the release of our new LeadershipYOU free online leadership course. Thank you to all of you!
I wanted to take a second to talk to all of you teachers to talk about not only why we created this massive open online course (MOOC), but also to talk about the ways in which I hope this material could be used in your classroom.
Teaching is a noble practice. It sure as heck is not easy, especially when the educator desperately wants to do their students justice.
This project is John Shufeldt’s passion. Mentoring young professionals is something that brings him a lot of joy and fulfillment. He realized a few years ago that by writing books he could more easily share his message of “if I can do it, anyone can do it!”
John struggled his way through high school, graduating with a 1.7GPA in the bottom of his class. By some sheer strike of luck, he was admitted into college (his words, not mine). It was at Drake during his freshman year that he decided to take ownership of his education, commit himself to his studies, and he chose to believe that he could actually succeed and do great things.
To date, he has not only earned his Bachelor’s degree, but also his MD, MBA, JD as well as a Six Sigma certification.
How I Met John
I met John for the first time when he agreed to come in as a guest speaker to address my high school students. His story resonated with them. They were so inspired by him. He made encouraged them to believe that they had it within them to also accomplish great things. They’d do this, he said, through what he calls self-leadership.
When he asked me to step into the role of Director of Education for Outliers Publishing, I knew this was a project I could really get behind.
The Job Offer
My role in this project was to ensure the MOOC was designed in a way that works best for teachers and their students, ensure it can be easily implemented to meet state standards, and to create resources for teachers along with the MOOC.
I was literally hired for you. Thanks for my job.
Here’s how I’ve made sure to perform for you:
- The Structure of the MOOC
- There are four different sections with four videos in each. I did this so teachers could choose to watch the entire series, just a section, or just a single video easily and have it make sense for their classroom.
- The videos are short (only 4-9 minutes long)
- The content builds on itself, but videos do not lose their value or context if they are played by themselves
- Free Lesson Plans
- I created five free lesson plans that align with Common Core standards
- They lessons use best practices, include objectives, essential questions, and differentiation techniques
- The lesson plans aren’t just lesson plans. I’ve included handouts, rubrics (where applicable), formative assessments, and presentations for the easiest implementation
This course is broken into five sections containing four videos per section:
- Part I- Understanding the Concepts of Self-Leadership and Success
- Part II- Take Stock of Where You Are. What Is or Could Be Holding You Back?
- Part III- Figure out What Your Next Steps Need To Be
- Part IV- Continuing To Strive for Greatness
These videos have various applications in the classroom, especially with Common Core’s heavy emphasis on multimedia learning. This MOOC will inspire you to brainstorm different ways to implement this resource in your classroom. Here are a handful of ideas:
- Use as a supplement to any leadership or career book you already teach.
- Use the videos themselves to teach specific topics: Creating SMART goals, vision boards, finding a mentor, etc.
- Watch the videos start to finish as a stand-alone text (will take two class periods) and after, have students write an essay on the greatest leadership lesson that they took away from the series.
- Use some of the online quizzes that we will have on the website for fun or for formative assessments
- Choose a video, or a section, and have students write a compare and contrast piece between the ideas presented in the MOOC and a different print text (an article, essay, poem, etc.). There will be a selection of additional texts to be used with each section in the attachments folder that corresponds with each section
- Watch the videos and have students practice Cornell Note-taking skills
- Do a jigsaw! Break students up into different groups and have them become an expert on either one video, or a series of videos. Have students create a presentation on the information. Practicing presentation skills is always of great benefit.
- Use one of the videos as a bell ringer activity and have the class respond to the ideas outlined in a journal entry
- Have the students analyze rhetorical devices used in the video
- Use as an anticipatory set
- Use the fourth video in section two for bully prevention. The video discusses the importance of surrounding oneself with good, positive people
- Have the students analyze the video and search for author’s claim, and supporting evidence presented
- Career counselors- use a series of these videos when discussing career searches
Thank you so much for your interest in the course. As a former Title I school teacher, I dedicated time to find valuable supplemental resources to use in the classroom. This MOOC was created to be just that; a free resource with substantial value to teachers and their students.
You will hear the LeadershipYOU book mentioned as a course companion book. This MOOC can be taken with or without the companion book. Should you choose to include the LeadershipYOU course companion book, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a special coupon code.
From one teacher to another, thank you for doing what you do. Continue fighting the good fight, and working hard to positively impact the lives of your students. We hope this resource helps you in the worthiest of endeavors.