GED® Preparation and other basic skills instructional videos




The Media Library of Teaching Skills (free) adult education professional development videos [ ] are now also available on our YouTube channel [ search for: mlotsadulteducation ]


One of the videos, a 15-minute lesson that was posted seven months ago, has nearly 13,000 views. Although we intended this for adult education teachers, as a video window on a GED® Prep classroom, students have found it through the YouTube search engine.  Several have commented on the video; they believe it has had a significant impact on their ability to prepare for the GED® writing test. Although student instruction was not our purpose – we made it for teachers' professional development –- this level of student viewer activity suggests that a collection of good quality YouTube or other free instructional videos might be help those who are preparing for the GED® exam whether they are enrolled in classes or studying on their own.

Would such a collection of reviewed GED videos be useful for your students?

Do your students use instructional videos now to help them prepare for the GED® exam or for other kinds of basic skills learning?

David J. Rosen


Susan and others,

The subject of the Media Library of Teaching Skills video that has over 13,000 hits is how to write a five-paragraph essay for the (current) GED(r)  writing test. On YouTube it will be found at It's also available on My point was that adult learners are looking for -- and watching -- instructional videos, including this one that was intended for teachers, not learners.

I think what attracts learners to the videos is the teaching style, the teacher's knowledge, and also that this is not a "talking head" but is interactive between the teacher and the students.

Anyone, If you use this video with your students, let us know if they like it -- and if so, why.

David J. Rosen

I watched the video and read the comments. I believe the majority of students enrolled in GED prep will appreciate the style and content of the lesson. This is exactly the way I taught essay writing when I was employed as a middle school language arts teacher. I have continued to use that method with my GED class. In addition, I let them know that this is an accepted method for the current GED test, but more advanced principles will be used when they enroll in a community college writing class.
Thanks for sharing the link. I plan to use this with my class when we return from winter break. I believe the students will absorb the ideas even more when they see another teacher using the same methods on YouTube that I have used in face to face presentations in class.
By the way, the comment on You Tube by the high school tenth grader was so irrelevant. He is apparently a throw back to the 1960's quote--Never trust anyone over thirty. My oldest and very successful GED grads were age 73. After GED, the husband and wife team continued their education at our local community college.