If you’re an online high school student, you’ve likely had to deal with the question: so if you do online school, what do you do all day?
To which you patiently answer, “Well, schoolwork.”
Then comes the follow-up question, “But isn’t online high school easy? It must be nice having so much less work to do.”
Less work? No.
Too often, we hear the question, “Is online high school easy?” and the answer is, “It’s school.”
We understand the confusion, as in the past there were other online schools who were not providing students with the quality curriculum they should have. But iSucceed Virtual High School has been around since 2008, and we offer a real, accredited quality education.
School is never easy. But there are certainly benefits to online school versus traditional school.
Is Online High School Easy?
iSucceed is coursework is accredited, which means what you learn at iSucceed is the same as what you learn at your traditional school. We can’t just make up lessons and hand you a free diploma. Like other schools, you do have to learn the material, take exams and earn your diploma.
While the coursework is rigorous, there are benefits to an online school.
Students are expected to spend about 30 hours a week and complete weekly assignments and projects on time. But the difference is students are not tied to a physical building from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. every day. At iSucceed, you can choose when and where you want to do your schoolwork.
In this sense, online school isn’t “easier,” but it can be less stressful because you can make school fit your lifestyle. You are not worried figuring out how to work in class time, sports, work and doctor appointments in one day. You can set your own schedule, and that relieves a lot of concerns for students who need flexibility due to life circumstances, jobs or extracurricular activities.
Keep in mind that more flexibility requires more discipline. iSucceed instructors are readily available to help, but it is your responsibility to complete assignments on time. For tips to focus on schoolwork, head to this blog.
iSucceed’s courses are unique to other online schools. They are not simply a bunch of words on the page. In addition to reading, there are interactive multimedia elements integrated throughout each lesson. These elements include award-winning videos, graphic-novel stories, educational games and more to help you enjoy what you’re learning.
If you’d like to learn more about our curriculum, head to this blog post.
If you had one hour to help 30 people, who would you go to first? Likely the ones who grab your attention first and ask for help. That’s the barrier a traditional classroom creates. With such large class sizes, students must be vocal in order to receive any sort of help. Those who aren’t oftentimes fall through the cracks.
At iSucceed, teachers take care of each student individually. There are real-time online lectures similar to that of the traditional classroom, but that’s merely one point of contact–not the main form of interaction. For more information on personalized support through iSucceed, head to this blog post.
Like any other high school, online school is not easy. But it certainly can have its benefits. Head to chooseisucceed.com to get started.
You’re sitting at your desk, staring at your computer. You have a pile of math homework to start. But you just can’t; you’re dreading it.
You launch your courses and see a word problem. Your least favorite. You want to quit.
You’re not alone. In fact, 4 out of 10 Americans hate math.
If you’re among the four, we have some tips to help you get better at math and start enjoying your work. Our advice comes from a number of online high school administrators, faculty and staff, who are all highly qualified and experienced.
5 Ways to Get Better at Math
1. Implement math in your daily routine
The old saying, “practice makes perfect” rings true for math. There are a few easy ways you can practice math while doing daily tasks. These tips come from faculty from blended learning centers:
- When you go to the grocery store, try adding up all the items in your cart and see if the total you got is what shows up at the cash register.
- Then when you get good at that, try dividing it four ways: How much would the bill be if we split it up between mom, dad, brother and sister?
- Or try baking a new recipe, and calculate what it would take to double the recipe.
Math is found around you wherever you go; don’t stop exercising your brain!”
2. Play games that require math
Again, it’s all about incorporating math into everything you do. Even the fun things! There are several board games that include math in some form. Here are a few games you can play with family and friends:
You can also play a few video games featured in iSucceed curriculum. There are fun exciting graphic games you can play here.
3. Learn key phrases to make word problems simpler
Word problems can be daunting. But there are several common phrases you’ll find in every word problem. And if you can translate those, you’ll get through word problems in a cinch! Here are a few common phrases:
Phrases meaning addition:
- Sum of
- More than
- Total of
Phrases meaning subtraction
- Difference between
- Less than
- Fewer than
Phrases meaning division
- Out of
Phrases meaning multiplication
Phrases meaning equals
- Is (are/were/was)
- Sold for
Don’t forget to take a deep breath before you start. It might be daunting, but you can break it down. Find the key phrases and write the math symbols out. You will eventually be able to put together a math problem and solve it.
4. Memorize formulas through simple repetition
Practice using the formulas again and again. After a lot of repetition, it gets easier to remember the formulas and the methods and then solving the problems becomes second nature! The second thing is try to take careful notes and keep them– even after passing that math class. When you get into college and have to take additional math courses, you can always go back and refer to old notes if you forgot how something is done!
5. Remember, improving in math means patience and perseverance
“We have pretty strong data demonstrating that students who persist through Lesson 10 will pass typically our courses. With that in mind, I often refer back to the wise words of Einstein, ‘It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.’
Students are not expected to learn math in a vacuum. They are welcome and encouraged to seek help – whether that is directly from teachers, from peers, or from the vast array of online math websites that are quick search away. Resourcefulness is a life skill that will yield succeed in math and beyond!” – Ginny Carroll, math instructor
If you are struggling in math, the best thing you can do is reach out to your teacher for help. Your instructors are available via phone calls, emails, instant messages and online sessions to make sure you excel in your online courses. To learn more about communicating with your teachers, head to this blog post.
Take it from one online high school student, Meghan Lyall, who used to struggle with math. Meghan reached out to her math instructor, Mr. Joshi, who helped her every step of the way. Now, Meghan is an excelling student at the University of Utah.
“I had a hard time learning some of the material in my pre-calculus class in my senior year,” said Meghan. “Mr. Joshi was willing to open up live lesson portals once a week to help me with whatever homework problems I did not understand and walk me through each step. This was a tremendous help and I never felt like he was rushing me or becoming impatient with me no matter how many homework questions I needed to be walked through. I felt like he cared that I really learned the material and wanted to prepare me as best as he could for the quizzes and tests.”
We will leave you with a few inspiring thoughts from online math instructor Mr. Joshi:
- You are not the only one who struggles, so do not panic.
- Stay organized, keep good daily notes especially keep the formulas handy-with clear meaning of each term in the formula. It is also useful to have a good reference such as BASIC MATH REVIEW ( here is one such resource)
- Do the workbook, checkpoint, exam questions step-by-step in your notebook–and not quickly jump to one of the answer choices–so that you can identify the error.
- Workbook practice is important in mastering a topic – so if needed, attend the live online sessions and get some help from your instructor.
- Keep pace by doing your daily lesson.
- Review your notes and especially the topics you struggled with, before taking the final exam.
- Do you have a tip you’d like to add? Share with us in the comments below!
If you’re an online student, you are all too familiar with the question, “So, what do you do all day?”
The answer? Well, schoolwork.
Don’t worry, students. We know you work hard. Whether you take the traditional or online route, earning that high school diploma is hard work.
But we will admit that without the barrier of a physical classroom comes some benefits.
Donald Mitchell, an assistant principal for an online high school, put together a “Sample Schedule” of a successful online student. Check it out!
- 8 a.m.: Gather learning tools (pencil, paper, headphones, etc.)
- 8:05 a.m.: Log in to the PSP
- 8:10 a.m.: Launch course and starting working the day’s lesson
- 9:40 a.m.: BREAK TIME
- 9:50 a.m.: Return to computer and continue with lesson
- 11 a.m.: Wrap of the day’s lesson
- noon: Lunch time
- Repeat for the second lesson.
Let’s take a closer look into a day in the life of an online student.
What Does an Online Student Do All Day?
Let’s start with the morning.
Online students are not required to wake up at a certain time. They are required to complete assignments on time, but when and where they choose to do so is up to them.
In other words, yes. You can sleep in.
That will mean you finish courses later in the day. But if that’s what you prefer, you go for it!
What will my courses look like?
Once you wake up and get ready, you log in to your Parent Student Portal (PSP) account where you will see school announcements and access your courses. Once you launch a course, what does it look like? Keep on reading!
iSucceed online courses are unique to other online schools. They are not simply a bunch of words on the page. In addition to reading, there are interactive multimedia elements integrated throughout each lesson. These elements include award-winning videos, graphic-novel stories, educational games and more to help you enjoy what you’re learning.
If you’d like to learn more about our curriculum, head to this blog post.
Now let’s move to lunch
Since you set your schedule, lunch is whatever you want, whenever you want. Hungry by 10:30 a.m.? Great! Take a break and eat.
Late snacker? That’s fine, too. Plus, if you go somewhere with Wi-Fi, you can work on courses while you eat. Most of our students are more than happy to say goodbye to that cafeteria food.
What if I have a Question?
Teachers hold the same qualifications in both traditional and online school. Should you have a question, you can easily ask your teachers via email, instant messaging, a phone call or live online tutoring.
Head to this blog post to learn more about communicating with online instructors.
You finished school for the day, what’s next?
If you’re one to get up early and finish your coursework early, you might be wondering what to do with the rest of your day. We have a couple suggestions: Hit up the PSP chat or join us at an event!
iSucceed has a staff-monitored community where you can connect with other students and “friend” them. There are also several in-person school events held throughout the year so you can come meet classmates and make friends.
I need a flexible schedule. Can you work with me?
Of course! Many of our students are aspiring athletes or artists, have a job, illness or other family responsibilities that make the traditional school schedule complicated.
The above sample schedule is just that: a sample. You are not tied to 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. As long as you complete your lessons and assignments on time, you can choose when you complete your class work.
To see more differences between traditional school and the online environment, head to this blog post.
Thinking online high school might be right for you? Head to Chooseisucceed.com/Enroll, or give us a call at 480.405.2703.
- Students, what does your typical day look like? Share with us in the comments below!
There’s no doubt, being President of the United States is one of the hardest jobs ever. And While we commend our fearless leaders for their outstanding service, there are some strange and funny facts we bet you didn’t know.
We found hundreds of them, but since President’s Day falls on February 20 this year, we picked out 20 weird facts you can use to impress your friends.
While you’re at it, enjoy some curriculum from our American History courses featured in the Bio Card graphics below. It brings the past alive for iSucceed students as they learn about the more serious side of our nation’s history.
20 Surprising U.S. President Facts
1. George Washington (1787–1797)
Our first president gave the shortest inauguration speech. It was only 133 words and lasted less than two minutes! He also didn’t have enough money to get to his inauguration and had to borrow money from a neighbor.
2. John Adams (1797–1801) & Thomas Jefferson (1801–1817)
Presidents Adams and Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826, which happened to be the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. James Monroe (1817-1825) was the last surviving founding father and he died exactly five years later on July 4, 1831.
3. James Monroe (1817–1825)
The capital of Liberia, Monrovia, was named after President James Monroe.
4. Andrew Jackson (1829–1837)
Rumor has it that President Jackson taught his pet parrot how to curse. At his funeral, the bird had to be taken away because it kept swearing!
5. James Buchanan (1857-1861)
To help end the movement, this president bought slaves in Washington D.C. and set them free in Pennsylvania.
6. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
“Honest Abe” was an amazing wrestler. He competed in about 300 matches, and only lost one of them. He was also the tallest president at 6’4”. Learn more about him in this video.
7. James Garfield (1881)
Get ready for this odd fact: President Garfield was ambidextrous, meaning he could write with both hands. He could even write in Greek with one hand and Latin with the other… at the same time.
8. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
Good ol’ Teddy was shot in the chest while giving a speech. This didn’t stop him from finishing his talk, which lasted an hour and a half!
9. William H. Taft (1909-1913)
10. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
“Silent Cal” liked to press all the buttons on his desk and then hide while his assistants were running in. He would then jump out and say he was just checking to make sure everyone was working.
11. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
and his wife lived in China before he became elected president. When they wanted to have a private conversation in the White House, they would speak Mandarin.
12. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
Also known as FDR, this president married his cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt. The bride was given away by her uncle (and FDR’s other cousin), former president Theodore Roosevelt. FDR was also distantly related to other presidents including Washington, both Adams, Madison, Van Buren, both Harrisons, Taylor, Grant and Taft.
13. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
General Eisenhower served in both World War I and World War II.
14. Gerald R. Ford (1974–1977)
Two people tried to assassinate Ford in less than a three-week span; they were both females!
15. Ronald Regan (1981-1989) would talk with an astrologer before making major decisions or planning events.
16. William J. Clinton (1993-2001) won two Grammy awards for Best Spoken Word Albums.
17. George W. Bush (2001-2009) was the head cheerleader at his high school.
18. Barack Obama (2009-2017) wanted to be featured in a pin-up calendar in his Harvard days, but unfortunately, the ladies in charge didn’t choose him.
19. Mount Rushmore Presidents
Four presidents’ faces grace Mount Rushmore in South Dakota: George Washington (1789-1797), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1817), Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) and Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909). The monument was created to increase tourism in the region. The sculptures are 60 feet high, the equivalent of a five-story building! Read the whole story here.
20. President Dollar Bills
Ever seen a $500, $1000 or $5000 bill? If so, you may have noticed the faces of William McKinley (1897-1901), Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 and 1893-1897) and James Madison (1809-1817) gracing these bills. Forget the Ben Franklins, and show us the James Madisons, please!
- Do you know any other surprising U.S. President facts? Share with us in the comments below!
A common question we hear is: “What’s different about online high school?” In a nutshell, the main answer is: the daily routine. Here is how the routine differs for an online high school student.
Life of the Traditional Student vs. an Online High School Student
Let’s start with the morning.
Traditional students need to wake up early, catch the bus, walk or hope mom or dad will give or dad them a ride to school.
An online high school student wakes up, gets ready for the day and log in to start their coursework. There’s also no dress code required, which can be a plus.
Now let’s take a look at what your day will look like.
A traditional student attends school from about 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., listening to teacher lectures and working on assignments. Any assignments not completed in the allotted timeframe becomes homework.
Online school is not easier, and takes the same 30 hours per week to complete. The difference is online students are not tied to a physical classroom or a set schedule. This amount of freedom requires a lot of discipline, as it can be easy to fall behind on coursework. But discipline is an invaluable skill needed in college and careers, so why not start early?
“What would I be doing,” you ask? Read on.
All material—assignments, quizzes, exams and projects—are completed online. Students should complete at least one lesson per class every weekday.
Courses include teacher-led lessons, graphic-novel stories, instructional videos and educational games.
Check out this blog post to learn more about iSucceed’s curriculum.
So you’ve worked hard on your classes and it’s lunch time. Now what?
That’s the benefit of online school. You are not constrained to cafeteria food; you can eat whatever you choose. If it’s the yummy pizza pictured above or a nice bowl of cereal from home, that’s completely up to you!
You might be thinking, “But what if I have a question? Who will help me?” Let’s take a look at teachers:
Teachers hold the same qualifications in both traditional and online school. Online instructors are not less accessible, communication is simply different.Students can receive support through email, instant messaging, a phone call or live online tutoring.
Learn more about iSucceed’s personalized communication model here.
OK, school is great, but what about friends?
Because there is not a physical classroom, online students connect with classmates differently. Interaction happens through the following channels:
- Group discussions in courses.
- Staff-monitored community page to “friend” and chat with students.
- Online student clubs
There are school events (including prom!) and a graduation ceremony, which you can learn more about here.
If you’ve decided the life of an online student is right for you, you can get started ChooseiSucceed.com.
- Can you think of other comparisons? Share with us in the comments below!
Today is National Inventor’s Day, which falls on the birthday of America’s most prolific inventor, the late Thomas Edison. While he is America’s most famous historical inventor who held more than 1,000 patents, there are modern-day inventors who continue to transform our world with amazing solutions for our biggest problems. In fact, some of our most brilliant inventions come from teenagers! Check them out…
5 Revolutionary Inventions by Teens
- IV Backpack – Kylie Simonds was a cancer survivor and only 11 years old when she invented an IV pediatric backpack for kids with cancer. It was a school assignment that led Kylie to create an alternative to the large IV pack on wheels that is often cumbersome for kids to pull around. Now thanks to Kylie, kids with cancer who need an IV pack can move around easier and in style. Check it out here!
- Cancer detection method- It appears teens have made invaluable contributions to preventing/coping with cancer. Janet, 16, and Benjamin, 15, Song developed a urine test for early detection of cancer. Janet and Benjamin hypothesized that certain DNA markers found in urine are altered when cancer is present. While their invention is still undergoing testing before it’s used clinically, it’s well on its way to saving lives. Read their story here.
- Sensor to protect Alzheimer’s patients – Determined to help his grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer’s, Kenneth Shinozuka was just 15 when he invented a device to alert caregivers when their patients with dementia wander. Check out this inspiring TED Talk by Kenneth that has more than 1.4 million views!
- Car exhaust filter – After being astonished at the amount of exhaust cars release, 17-year-old Param Jaggi decided to do something about it. For three years, Param worked diligently to create an exhaust filter. The filter basically takes the carbon dioxide released from the car, and then using photosynthesis, converts it to clean, breathable air. He won an award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his valiant efforts. Check out the news article here.
- Ocean Sweeper – Boyan Slat , 19, developed a plan to potentially remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of several floating booms and processing platforms anchored together that acts as a giant funnel, gathering plastic and packaging it into garbage cubes that can be dispensed to countries throughout the world. Boyan went on to create a non-profit foundation dedicated to the project. Found out more here.
Remember, you are never too young to start making a difference in the world. This Inventor’s Day, we hope you gather some inspiration to try and invent something yourself!
- Which is your favorite teen invention? Share with us in the comments below!
As the famous English author Terry Pratchett so eloquently stated, “a lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on.”
There is an ongoing myth that online schools do not provide students with any support. At iSucceed Virtual High School, this is far from the case.
In fact, we’ve developed a proven working model that allows for more individualized student-teacher interaction than a traditional school. While some think the lack of a physical classroom creates a barrier, we believe it actually creates a pathway for better communication. Read below to learn about iSucceed’s student-instructor interaction model and how it can support you.
iSucceed’s Supportive Student-Teacher Communication Model
If you had one hour to help 30 people, who would you go to first? Likely the ones who grab your attention first and ask for help. That’s the barrier a traditional classroom can create. With such large class sizes, students must be vocal in order to receive any sort of help. Those who aren’t oftentimes fall through the cracks.
At iSucceed, teachers take care of each student individually. There are real-time online lectures similar to that of the traditional classroom, but that’s merely one point of contact–not the main form of interaction. Here are the different ways students can contact teachers at iSucceed.
1. Phone Call
iSucceed instructors have a direct line, which students can easily find in the home page of the Parent Student Portal (PSP).
2. Instant Messaging
Also found within the PSP is an instant chat messenger. Students can see which teachers are online and contact them right away with a quick question.
For a smaller, less urgent question, teachers also have emails that they check regularly to respond to students within a 48-hour period.
4. Online Personal Appointments
Students needing more personalized support can arrange a real-time online appointment with their teachers to get extra help on homework.
5. In-person appointments
Those students who live near the Chandler office are welcome to schedule an appointment with their instructor for in-person support.
The five points of contact listed above are all easily accessible to students. In many ways, this model is better for the students who are not as outspoken. Raising a hand can be intimidating, especially when coupled with the fear of asking a “stupid” question. Having quick access to teacher support in many ways helps provides more personalized attention. Take it from a few of iSucceed’s parents and students:
Student & Parent Testimonials
“Having taught in traditional classrooms for over twenty years, I have to admit I was very reluctant about switching my son from a traditional school to iSucceed. But, after seeing the programs and the dedication of the staff to the success of the student, I am amazed. Every couple of weeks he, or I, is contacted by a counselor from iSucceed to check our progress. The counselors and teachers have been knowledgeable, helpful and are truly interested in the progress and success of my child!” – Heather Bergeson, parent
“Having taught in traditional classrooms for over twenty years, I have to admit I was very reluctant ab”Mr. Rollins [at iSucceed] was the first teacher I was able to ask a question. After he was so helpful and encouraging, I could ask another and then another. Thank you so much for helping me find my voice and the courage to be a leader!” – Nicole Griffith, iSucceed graduate, student at Northwest Nazarene University
If you have any further questions about iSucceed’s instruction model, our enrollment advisors are happy to help! Give us a call at 208.908.6250.
At iSucceed, we believe students deserve a choice in their education. That’s why we’ve worked since 2008 to provide a tuition-free, quality online education for 9–12th grade students throughout Idaho.
January 22–28 is National School Choice Week (NSCW). Founded in 2011, the goal is “to raise public awareness of all types of education options for children.” In the spirit of NSCW, we want you to know that you always have a choice, even midway through the school year. If you’re not enjoying where you currently attend, consider choosing iSucceed Virtual High School.
Is iSucceed the Right Option for Me?
We often hear this question, and in most cases the answer is “yes!” iSucceed works to provide a tailored education, which makes it the preferred choice for many people.
iSucceed can be a great option for students who are:
- Looking to catch up on credits, or graduate early
- Needing more individualized attention from teachers
- Wanting a flexible schedule due to illnesses, family responsibilities, work or other extracurricular activities
- Hoping to study from the comfort of their homes in a supportive online environment
- Wanting to switch to online school, but don’t want to miss ‘high school experience’
Programs Available at iSucceed
About iSucceed Virtual High School
iSucceed is an accredited public charter school, which means it is tuition free and offers the same diploma as any traditional high school in iSucceed. Our curriculum is award-winning, engaging and split into three courses every nine weeks for reduced stress and better focus.
Quick Facts About iSucceed
- Tuition Free
- 100% online
- Rigorous, award-winning curriculum
- Six-week courses
- Interactive student life
- Personalized support from highly qualified instructors and counselors
How Do I Switch to iSucceed Virtual High School?
Here are a few steps to get you started:
- Head to ChooseiSucceed.com/Enroll
- Fill out the form, located either to the right or bottom of your screen
- Work with an enrollment advisor to turn in paperwork and get enrolled
We know transferring in the middle of the year sounds like a daunting undertaking, but it is more doable than you think! For tips to easing the transition to online school midyear, check out this blog post.
At iSucceed Virtual High School, we have dedicated students who work hard to get their diplomas. That’s why we decided to start a Student Spotlight series, so we can shine the light on a few of our awesome students.
This month, we bring the story of a student who just finished her last quarter with iSucceed! Although she had a feel stumbling blocks, she got back on track and earned her diploma early. Check out her inspiring story below.
The Story of Sarah Geopel, recent iSucceed graduate
“I absolutely love to talk to people,” said Sarah. “I enjoy having deep, thought-provoking conversations and also finding the time to have fun together.”
Another great thing about Sarah is her confidence in herself; she embraces being unique.
“I have a quirky, outgoing personality, and am often known for being smart. Although if you really get to know me, you’ll find out that I’m quite… different from other people. But I feel that it is a good thing to be different, and I want to share that with the world,” said Sarah.
At one point in her high school career, Sarah faced some challenges that set her back on graduating. But she decided she wanted to obtain her diploma, so she came back to iSucceed and worked hard.
“My goals [when I enrolled in iSucceed] were to get as good of grades as possible and to graduate early” said Sarah.
And despite coming to iSucceed behind on credits, Sarah did accomplish her goal and graduated a semester early with good grades.
“I feel proud because I managed to graduate a semester early, and I even finished that semester a few weeks early. On top of it, I even managed to get straight A’s,” said Sarah. “I don’t claim to be perfect, but I always try to work with what I have and move on in life.”
In her last quarter at iSucceed, Sarah was also diligently working toward earning her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license. Now that she’s graduated, she plans to finish CNA schooling and work in an assisted living home. Although, Sarah tells us that getting her CNA license is simply a first step to help her get funding to go to college for something she is passionate about.
“Nursing isn’t my passion, and I don’t know if I will further my education in it, but it is a good start to living on my own,” said Sarah. “Even though it probably won’t be my career path, I am still determined to do my best and make the residents’ lives better. After I’ve gotten myself established, I’m contemplating starting a career in the arts.”
When it comes to advice for other iSucceed students, Sarah has a few great tips:
1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! No matter how stupid the question, it doesn’t matter what others think, what matters is that you learn more and satisfy your curiosity.
2. Don’t be afraid to share other things with your teachers too, whether it’s something you read that you think they may be interested in or lesson material that you find inspiring.
3. Put forth your best effort! I know it may be tempting to put minimal thought into responses on things such as discussions and projects, but nothing worth doing is easy. It reflects well on you to try hard, and you just may learn something interesting too.
4. Have a great life! Make a difference in the world, don’t just be a bystander, and don’t fall victim to violence and peer pressure.
Check out this article to see how you can graduate early with iSucceed.
- Do you have any encouraging thoughts you’d like to leave with Sarah? Share with us in the comments below!
Whenever you face an obstacle in life, you have two options: deal with it, or do something about it. At times, it will feel like you are not in control, and that’s when it’s important to look to powerful figures in history for inspiration. This month, we celebrate Black History and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Because we feel it imperative to educate our students on crucial American civic rights events, Primavera includes interactive articles and lessons in our coursework, which we’re featuring in this blog post. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and other key contributors to civic rights below.
About Martin Luther King Jr.
“Martin Luther King Jr. was both a social activist and Baptist minister who became increasingly active in the fight for civil rights after facing countless moments of discrimination and racism.
By the early 1960s, MLK had become a national figure as he supported various efforts around the nation including sit-ins and other peaceful demonstrations. To this day, his words are echoed yearly and remembered as a turning point in the civil rights movement.”
Read more about Martin Luther King Jr. in this iSucceeed lesson.
Lesson 1: The Freedom Riders
“Beginning on May 4, 1961, 13 Freedom Riders—black and white, male and female—embarked on their challenge in two buses from Washington, DC. In a tag-team type system, hundreds of supporters of the movement joined for any length of bus ride they could commit to. The riders planned to end the trip in New Orleans on May 17, the seventh anniversary of the Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision. Riders were arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then assaulted in Rock Hill, South Carolina, when they refused to obey ‘whites only’ regulations.”
Lesson 2: Rosa Parks
“Bone weary, Rosa Parks climbed aboard a public bus on a cold December morning in Montgomery, Alabama. She took a seat at the front of the bus, too tired to make the trip to the segregated section in the back. When asked to move, she refused. Failure to comply with the bus driver’s order to move to the ‘blacks only’ seating led to her arrest. This story would spark a powder keg that would disrupt the public transit system in Montgomery.
Rosa Parks’ arrest for refusing to give up her seat inspired a boycott of the Montgomery buses by African Americans in the city. Since 75% of the patrons were African American, the loss in revenue forced Montgomery officials to change the policies.
Learn more about Rosa Parks in this iSucceed lesson.
Lesson 3: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
“With criticism from his supporters and progress seemingly reduced to a crawl, King began to make plans for another March on Washington. Yet, before this could happen, a labor strike broke out in Memphis in 1968. Sanitation workers, who were dissatisfied with their working conditions, wanted the support of King for their cause, and he agreed to come to their aid. On April 4, 1968, King was standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis when a sniper shot him where he stood. Surrounded by his peers, King was pronounced dead at the St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Shortly after the fatal shot, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched an international manhunt. They were able to match fingerprints to James Earl Ray, a former convict.”
Read the full lesson here.
Coretta Scott King
Four days after MLK’s assassination, Coretta Scott King and her four children led 40,000 followers through the streets of Memphis, to remember and to continue King’s work by protesting the treatment of the city’s sanitation workers. Dr. King’s funeral would be held the next day in Atlanta, Georgia. The funeral was televised across the nation.
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