I nominate Tai Lopez for the following reasons.
1. He uses math in many of his presentations.
2. He promotes reading. He reads a book a day. His presentation has over 7 million views on YouTube.
3. He advertizes on YouTube. He has millions of views for his videos. His message reaches many people. From his promotional email:
My recent social media accomplishments include:
-635 million minutes watched on my YouTube videos
-$21.7 million dollars in social media marketing and testing
-one of the top 15 TedX talks of all time
-My YouTube videos are used by college professors to teach marketing
4. He is a role model. An accessible role model. He serves as an example to teenagers who have dropped out of school or who are at risk of dropping out of school.
5. He has identified areas where schools could improve. Tai Lopez has listed in one of his video ads the four areas where the education system failed to provide him with information: wealth, health, relationships (love or social skills) and happiness. He has responded by developing a courses to fill in those gaps.
Tony Wagner has identified Seven Survival Skills (TinyURL.com/TonyWagner7Skills). Perhaps Dr. Wagner can include Tai Lopez in his list of business leaders who have identified the skills that young people need to move ahead. The list of skills include "Taking Initiative and Entrepreneurship" -- and Wagner encourages teachers to include activities in every lesson to support the development of the seven skills. How do we encourage students to develop initiative when we teachers are in control of the lesson plan? I do it by introducing students to "stories by Tai Lopez." Tai Lopez tells stories about how he went from $47 in a mobile home to finding mentors and learning from the Amish to starting several businesses. His narratives carry two secrets: (1) start your own business. You will be unemployed at some time, so you better have a Plan B and work for yourself. (2) Develop several streams of income, so have several businesses. (3) Invest in real estate because "they aren't making any more land and there are more people on the planet every year." Math teachers: why not include the math of real estate in your next lesson plan? See the suggestions in a math course www.TINYURL.com/21pertmath
6. He has developed a following of more than one million people who receive his updates on Youtube. A reading organization that gives Tai Lopez an award for promoting reading will certainly get attention for their organization.
7. He's annoying. A good teacher says at least something that disrupts the comfort zones of listeners. I asked a 12-year-old about "that guy with glasses and black gel hair who stands in front of his 3 luxury cars and..." The boy replied, "Oh, him. He's so annoying. He said he had 47 dollars and then suddenly he has three cars and a big house. That is such a scam."
When I gave mentioned some of the reasons why I respect Tai Lopez and when I pointed out that Tai had spent more than five years reading, the 12-year-old changed the subject.
For all of these reasons, I nominate Tai Lopez as Teacher of the Year in the USA. I suggest that there could either be a special category set up (usually Teacher of the Year is from a pool of teachers who are employed by schools and the school principals nominate one of their employees). I'm writing to the International Literacy Association to suggest that there could be a special category, perhaps "Reading Advocate of the Year."
I have titled this blogpost "reading teacher of the year" because many math teachers will not see the value of Tai's emphasis on reading. However, his tips could reach some students that my lessons have failed to reach.
Somebody, somewhere, please get out of your comfort zone and take a moment to listen to Tai Lopez. He doesn't look like a teacher (and that's a good thing).
Here is Tai's presentation on TEDx
Here is an excerpt from the transcript
There is a quiz with 14 questions on this page
Here are the questions in the quiz.
|This is my effort to find an association that will certify Tai Lopez|
as a Reading Teacher
Here is the letter that I sent to the International Literacy Association:
I'm writing to your organization because you might want to create a special award for a person who had done more to promote reading to a wider group of people than anyone in recent years.
http://tinyurl.com/tailopezteacher my blog post
I nominate Tai Lopez as Reading Teacher of the Year (2016-2017)
Here is the content of the Blog Post
I'm not sure where to write with this suggestion. If I were part of an organization that promotes reading, I would create a special award for this "non teacher" who has more than 7 million hits for his TEDx presentation about reading a book a day.
If I were connected to an association devoted to promoting reading, I would want to invite such a person to a reading conference to receive some sort of recognition, perhaps "A certificate of Appreciation for promoting reading."
If you don't know Tai Lopez, perhaps this TED presentation will spur you to learn more about him and to invite him to your next conference.
(954) 646 8246
Sent to International Literacy Association
PO Box 8139
Newark, DE 19714-8139
Newark, DE 19714-8139
Since I live in Florida, I wrote a similar letter to the Florida Reading Association
This blog post can be found at www.TinyURL.com/TaiLopezTeacher
http://tinyurl.com/21pertmath for the course that includes some math lessons that Tai gives in his real estate course.