American High School 3: The Power of Perspective

Mr. Clay Henricksen teaches Global Studies and AP Human Geography at Huntley High School in Illinois.

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“Everyone’s experiences are different.”

Huntley HS Student Jimmie

Who is the presenter?

Mr. Henricksen is a secondary school social studies teacher at Huntley High School focusing on Global Studies, US History, and Human Geography for the past 12 years. In 2015, Clay had the opportunity to take part in a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad with the U.S. Department of Education and Northern Illinois University. The project, which was throughout Luzon in the Philippines, focused on Ethno-Religious Diversity and Human Rights, and Clay was with NIU Professors Susan Russell and Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail and 11 other teachers from Illinois.

At Huntley, Clay also coaches and sponsors the varsity assistant girls basketball coach and Anime Club. 

What is the presentation about?

This presentation is about the power of perspective and how this shapes thoughts, decisions, actions, and one’s feeling of success. The goal of this presentation is to help students and leaders to:

1. Shift one’s perspective;
2. Recognize the perspective of others around; and
3. Realize that events do not only have impacts on you but also others.

In this video, students at Huntley High School responded to the following:

  1. How has the events affected your life and your perspective?
  2. What have you learned about yourself and others?
  3. How have you had to be persistent to keep going?
  4. What are the things that your community will need most?

To do the tasks below and accomplish the learning outcomes, please watch this video presentation or watch via YouTube.

What are your tasks and the learning outcomes?

  1. On Your Own: To write own responses to the questions posted to students at Huntley High School
  2. With A Team: To compare and contrast personal experiences with American students
  3. With Your Community: To Organize a small forum on Mindset, Perspectives and Persistence for the youth in your community