Thousands of teachers around the world—in every U.S. state and more than 50 countries—have embraced This I Believe as a powerful educational tool. Many have told us that our project was the most enriching writing assignment they have given in many years of teaching.
If you have used This I Believe in any educational setting, we would love to hear from you.
To help teachers guide students through exploring their beliefs and composing personal essays about them, we offer the following tools.
These educational curricula were designed to help educators guide students in the writing of a This I Believe essay appropriate for inclusion in school writing portfolios. The curricula help students understand the concept of belief, explore their own values, and craft them into a well-written essay.
These curricula are available for purchase at the This I Believe Store. See links below.
Brochure and Poster for Use in the Classroom
Download this free brochure and poster to promote This I Believe activities happening in your classroom. The three-page brochure measures 8.5 by 11 inches and features tips for writing one’s own This I Believe essay. The poster measures 11 inches by 17 inches and is ideal to hang in classrooms. Both documents are best printed in color. For best results, these documents may be printed at your local print shop.
We have put together a playlist of the top 25 This I Believe audio broadcasts of the last ten years, plus some favorites from Edward R. Murrow’s radio series of the 1950s. These mp3 audio files can be downloaded to your laptop, tablet, phone, or other device, and then played in the classroom.
Audio recordings feature authors reading their This I Believe essays. Included in this collection are:
• Muhammad Ali
• Bill Gates
• Jackie Robinson
• Penn Jillette
• Helen Keller
• Tony Hawk
Executive Producer Dan Gediman is available to visit your school to discuss the This I Believe project, radio series, or books. For more information, please contact us.
If you have questions about using This I Believe with your students, please visit our Educator FAQ page for answers.