Bad News for Dropouts Makes Improved Dropout Prevention Tools: Job That Are No More

 

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Bad News for Dropouts:


Jobs That Are No More
 

Compelling Dropout Prevention Resources to
Reduce Your Student Dropout Rate

 
 

 

motivational classroom posterBad job news for dropouts means improved, more powerful dropout prevention tools that can transform potential dropouts into motivated, successful students. If you work with youngsters who say that they do not plan to finish school, they should know that even robots finish school. That's important to know because these educated robots are in training to take over many of the jobs that are still open to dropouts.

Name the job that is still open to dropouts, and USA Today (5-1-03) can name the robot that can do the job cheaper Our popular Poster #148 provides graphic illustration. Check out what is happening to these jobs that your students say they will always be able to do without a diploma.

    G O I N G Nursing Home Aide
    G O I N G Aide to the Disabled
    G O N E Caregiver to the Elderly

Have you heard about Pearl? Pearl is a robotic nurse. She "has cameras for eyes, a computer screen for a chest and a tray or basket in which she can carry items to an elderly or disabled person," says USA Today. "That's so far away," your potential dropout may say hopefully. "Not true," you can reply. Pearl has already passed the testing stage for use in both nursing homes and private residences.

    G O I N G Maid
    G O I N G Housekeeper
    G O N E Custodian

It's called Roomba FloorVac, and it's not even expensive. For about the price of a regular vacuum, you can now own a robotic vacuum that can do the job without supervision. The Roomba will never call in sick, ask for a raise or beg for the day off either. Other devices exist or will soon exist for other cleaning chores.

    G O I N G Lawn Mower
    G O I N G Gardener
    G O N E Grounds Worker

dropout prevention posterIt costs just a bit more than a traditional lawn mower but no people are needed to run it. It's not a dream for the future but a product that is already for sale.

    G O I N G Baby Sitter
    G O I N G Nanny
    G O N E Child Care Worker

The ER-2 can not only tell stories or play games with kids while their parents are away, the device can also patrol the property. If the ER-2 detects a problem, it can not only notify you, but it can also show you a picture of the problem too. Machines will soon be able to prepare simple food items, set the table and clear it too. That's more than many baby sitters do. Dropout prevention posters can help hammer home the benefits of graduating, and our Poster #439 is the perfect example of how powerful these prevention posters can be.
 

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    how to motivate studentsG O I N G Home Aide
    G O I N G Attendant
    G O N E Personal Assistant

MARION-1 can turn on and off house appliances as you command via your cell phone, starting the oven or turning off the dryer. Soon, you can also purchase a robotic butler who will unlock the door of your home when you arrive, alert you to who else is home, and perform tasks for you on the internet. Other robots can call people by name and fetch or deliver items as directed. A machine named Grace can even register you for a conference, take notes, and chat with other attendees. Some of these machines even manage themselves. USA Today reports that MARION-1 even plugs itself in between charges when it feels "woozy." Our motivational dropout prevention Poster #149 illustrates our new world where computers rules.

Other jobs that don't require diplomas, but may be headed towards mechanization include fast food worker, customer service worker, receptionist, clerk, toll taker, cashier, dishwasher, bus boy, hostess, newspaper delivery person, and ticket taker.

It certainly appears that a high school diploma is far more critical than anyone could have imagined. Is there any encouraging news on the job front for potential dropouts? USA Today noted that machines used to tackle only repetitive tasks like factory work, or jobs that no human should have to do like searching for bodies during a disaster. Now, machines are starting to be able to take over jobs that may have been fine ways to earn a living, especially for people who had fewer employment options due to their lack of a diploma.

So the article had just the slightest morsel of hope for dropouts, but that hope was dashed by the end of the sentence. USA Today includes this blunt and devastating comment by Brandeis University robotics expert, Jordan Pollack: "I believe that there is a low-paid human who folds clothes cheaper than any robot we could make." You may wish to relay this information to students considering dropping out of school. Unless the student's dream job is to fold clothes for almost no money, they may want to do whatever it takes to get that diploma.
 

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Dynamic, Do-Now Devices to Deter Dropouts

 

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Dynamic, Do-Now
Devices to
Deter Dropouts

 


 

"Dropout Rate Getting Worse." The news coverage revealed that in many states, the dropout rate is worsening. Nationally, the average dropout rate has been about 75% but lately, in some states, as many as a third of students leave school without a diploma. (The Oregonian, 1-27-2012.) That is a lot of lost students at a time when no diploma can mean no job. Fortunately, in this issue, we've got some real eye-opening devices you can use right now to deter dropping out.

workshop trainer Ruth Herman Wells I'm Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., the Director and Trainer for Youth Change Workshops. These dynamic dropout prevention strategies are taken from my live, online, and on-site training workshops, as well as from my Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth books and posters.


Teach Potential Dropouts School Pays

Dropout Prevention PosterThis dropout prevention intervention gives potential dropouts a fact that all students should know from Day 1 of kindergarten. All students need to know that school and education deliver dollars. Look at our Poster #168.  You can view additional, similar posters here. The poster says: "Ask me how to earn  $329,000." The answer is hidden in the background; it's the word "diploma" and it's made of money. $329,000 is the amount of  additional income that high school graduates earn in their lives compared to peers who drop out. Use this poster as a discussion-starter by discussing with your students that "diplomas are made of money."


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Teach Potential Dropouts Dropping Out = Doing Without

Ask students to imagine they had to give up 1/3 of their home. Ask them to choose which rooms they would be willing to give up. Let students make jokes about what it would be like living without a bathroom or kitchen, for example, and help the participants to ultimately determine that they would prefer to not give up any rooms in their home. At some point, one of your students will ask "What is the point of the discussion?" You can answer: "Dropouts can typically afford about 2/3 of a home. If you don't want to live without a bathroom or kitchen, consider staying in school." For a follow-up intervention, write on the board then discuss: "Dropping Out = Doing Without."


Teach Potential Dropouts Dropping Out is No Joke

It is important to use a huge array of intervention styles if you are going to successfully maximize your outreach and impact as many potential dropouts as possible. That's why we offer you an arsenal of different types of interventions. Humor often can sometimes reach students who are unaffected by conventional interventions. Here is a quick joke that shows dropping out is no joke: "Students often make fun of peers who do well in school. What do you call a nerd in five years? Answer: Boss."


If you want a follow-up intervention, discuss: "Dropping Out is No Joke," and assist your participants to identify some of the most unfunny realities that dropouts may face in the future. Be sure to include speculation on what unfunny realities could actually happen in the future that we don't know about now. For example, perhaps restaurants will use tablet  computers for diners to place their orders, eliminating the need for waiters and waitresses.

 

Teach Potential Dropouts Find Out Now What You'll Learn Later

Write the following sentence on the board: "Bila kuangalia hili hadi mahali popote, kama unaweza kutafsiri sentensi hii kwa usahihi, Mimi nitakupa $ 20" then ask students to tell you what it means. When students get frustrated, point out that this is what life is often like for dropouts because they learn less than everyone else who stays in school long enough to graduate. Discuss with the class that dropping out now leaves you vulnerable later.

The sentence says in Swahili: "Without looking this up anywhere, if you can translate this sentence correctly, I will give you $20." After sharing the translation, ask students what else people can miss when they lack basic  survival tools.

For an effective, additional follow-up, use the next intervention, shown below.


Teach Potential Dropouts Can You Speak the Language of High Tech Planet?

This activity is the perfect follow-up for the preceding intervention, shown directly above. This strategy tests students ability to speak the language they will need on our high tech planet. Ask students to translate these high tech terms that will be needed for employment and daily life: ISM, SSL, spoofing, protocol, PDF. After discussing the answers with students, help your participants determine if they are ready now to speak the language on our high tech planet, or if they need to stay in school longer.

Here are the answers: ISM is an Information Systems Manager, and a very fast-growing job, as well as the person you need to help you with problems with your computer and internet connection. SSL is the abbreviation used to denote a secure internet connection that protects your credit card number from being stolen. Spoofing means being tricked on the internet, usually by a bogus email that appears to be from your bank or credit card company. Protocol is the specific set of communication rules that govern computer use, like FTP for uploading files, and http for creating websites. PDF is an abbreviation for the type of file that is the most common way to
share documents on the internet, including resumes and job applications.

 

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The Best Apathy-Busters: Turnaround Bad Attitudes With These Innovative Interventions

 

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The Best
Apathy-Busters:


Turnaround Bad Attitudes
With These Innovative Interventions

 

 

If you are seeing more and more apathetic and negative students, you will love the use-now strategies included in this issue. These innovative, attention-grabbing methods are especially designed to work when conventional approaches fail, and were developed to turnaround even the most negative, entrenched child or teen. I'm Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., the Director and Trainer for Youth Change Workshops, and these dynamic strategies are taken from my live, online, and on-site training workshops, as well as from my Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth books and posters.
 

Student Apathy Strategies


Strategy #1

 

School Pays Off

Student apathy posterApathetic students might see more value to school if they knew the pay-off for education. You can use this method verbally, as a poster, as a discussion starter, or as an activity. At left, you can see the intervention. It's our Poster #45. You can view additional, similar posters here.
The poster says: Graduates accept free education and a free diploma so they earn $329,000 more than everybody else. Each diploma doubles the dollars."

 

Strategy #2

 

Reach Beyond the Bluster

For kids who are "wrapped in barbed wire," their apathy and harshness hiding a very gentle and vulnerable child, ask them to decide which they would rather have: "a bruised heart or a boxed heart?" This can be a very effective intervention strategy with students who are guarded and prickly due to negative experiences with adults who are supposed to be consistent, caring role models. A follow-up activity: have the student create art or poetry illustrating some of the phrases shown in quotes above. This activity is best done one-to-one, in small groups, or used by counselors and mental health professionals.


Strategy #3

 

Reality Wins All Arguments

While lots of youngsters complain about their circumstances, some kids complain a lot and often about where they ended up. Some of these youngsters have plenty of legitimate reasons to complain, and some of
them don't. Either way, you can encourage your discouraged complainers to "bloom where they're planted." This is a wonderful intervention for several populations. For example, this approach has worked well with foster kids who are not happy to be moving a new foster care placement. The lyrical phrases shown above work really well as the basis for illustrations by students. Poetry, essays, collages, and other creative activities can also produce some very inspiring, memorable results, and initiate the change you want to engender.

 

Strategy #4

 

Hey, It's Me Plus 25

If you work with youngsters so apathetic or discouraged that they can't really imagine ever having a positive future, or any future at all, ask them to write an email or letter to you as though 25 years have elapsed. In the letter, students can describe what happened to them since they last saw you. For non-writers, they can draw or make a video or audio recording instead of writing, or, you can write for them. Students can make blog entries if they prefer that to a simple letter or email. Here's a variation for students who really resist this strategy: Have them make the letter be about someone else, perhaps a friend or someone they admire or feel neutral about. Once the letter is complete, you will have indirectly learned a lot about the letter's creator, even though the document is ostensibly about a third party. For students, who say "they don't care," ask them to complete the task as if they did care (even though they say they don't care).

 

Strategy #5

 

You Choose

Put the following phrase on the board and ask students to discuss: "This strategy is especially useful for children and youth who hurt themselves, abuse substances, are in gangs, or self-endanger. For younger students and for some other youngsters, you may wish to change the phrase to be a bit gentler. You can use this phrasing instead: "The same power you have to hurt yourself, you have to help yourself." Emotions fuel behaviors. The more you can help students manage their emotions, the less those emotions will interfere with school and education.


Strategy #6

 

When Crime Doesn't Pay

For kids who plan to use illegal activities as their source of future income, you can have a lot of impact by pointing out some surprising realities of your local, state and federal laws. For example, depending on which laws they break, offenders can lose not only the money gained by illegal actions, but also their home, possessions, and vehicles. Under some federal laws, the homes and possessions of relatives and friends may be seized even if these items weren't directly involved in the commission of the crime. It's important to stay aware that illegal activities are not near as lucrative as your kids tell you. Auto theft generates about $18,000 per year, for example, less than what a typical high school grad earns. Even worse, the authorities can take anything related to the auto theft while no one can just take away the graduate's money.
 

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Extra-Strength Attitude-Adjusters That Inspire and Transform Student Attitudes

 

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Extra-Strength
Attitude-Adjusters
That Inspire and Transform Student Attitudes

 

 

Check out these awesome devices to improve even the most negative student's attitude. You don't have to put up with bad student attitudes anymore because we have awesome classroom management devices that will help.
 

STUDENT ATTITUDE ADJUSTER

attitude poster 226"I'd Rather Be in the Bathroom"
 

Doesn't it frustrate you when students spend class time in the
bathroom?

Here is an unexpected way to improve that reality. This technique is so unusual, it may catch students off-balance, and accomplish more than conventional
approaches ever could.

Post this device on the wall, or make your own. It looks a bit
like a sign showing where the bathroom is. Students will be laughing when they read it. While they're laughing, they can't be oppositional so the message on the poster may have impact.

Order Poster #226 here if you'd rather buy it than make your own version of it.

 

STUDENT ATTITUDE ADJUSTER


"I Don't Care About Anything"
 

school poster 237It's so hard to inspire discouraged
students, but what if "The Universe" reached out directly to
turnaround these youngsters? This attention-grabbing intervention can be implemented in many ways, but perhaps the most effective way is to make a card or note that resembles Poster #237, shown at
right, and give it to your discouraged students. You can add personalized text if you wish.

This intervention can also be done verbally, or you could record the message. If you do use a recording, you can add sci-fi sound effects to make this strategy even more humorous and light.

Be sure to keep this activity light and don't let it get upsetting. Check with a mental health counselor for guidance if you aren't sure you can keep it fun, and take no risks using this device with vulnerable, upset, troubled or younger  students.

A good follow-up activity is to ask the student to make a list of all the good things "The Universe" might have in store for them if they were open to the possibilities. To order Poster #237, click here.

 

ATTITUDE ADJUSTER for ADULTS


"This is a Rough Time to Be a Teacher or
Counselor"
 

There is a tiny, little-known winery hidden on the Oregon coast. Inside, there are all the usual amenities one might expect to find in a winery, but instead of attempting to get you to open your wallet to buy wine, the owner attempts to get you to open your wallet to donate to orphaned children in Calcutta.

Where you might expect to see wine lists, you find  inspiration. In today's rough economy, it's understandable
that educators and counselors struggle to stay positive. You will be more effective evoking positive attitudes from your students if you are able to stay positive yourself.

All around the winery, there are pretty paper cards that should advertise the vineyard's newest bottles. Instead the cards feature a poem that the winery owner found on the wall of Mother Theresa's children's home in Calucutta. These inspirational words probably weren't written with teachers and youth workers in mind, but they could have been. An edited excerpt from the poem "Anyway" is below.

ANYWAY

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered
LOVE THEM ANYWAY

If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives
DO GOOD ANYWAY

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies
SUCCEED ANYWAY

The good you do may be forgotten tomorrow
DO GOOD ANYWAY

People really need help but may attack you if you help them
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY

Give the world the best you have and you may get kicked in the teeth
GIVE THE BEST YOU'VE GOT ANYWAY

Adapted from a card published by the Anyway Foundation.

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Motivate Wannabe Sports Stars to Stay & Work in School

 

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Motivate Wannabe
Sports Stars
to Stay & Work in School

 

course instructor Ruth Herman WellsHi, this is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I'm the instructor for Youth Change's Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers online workshop, and all the other courses offered by Youth Change. I have dozens and dozens of unexpected, knock-your-socks-off methods to motivate unmotivated students.

Here are some of my favorite, most powerful classroom management methods to motivate students who are just totally and resolutely unmotivated. These methods are perfect for elementary, middle and high school students, as well as special ed students, charter school pupils, and children in juvenile justice and treatment centers.

 

Best Methods to
Motivate Students Who Are Unmotivated

And Plan to be Sports Stars So They Won't Need School

 

For Unmotivated Students Who Say
"I Won't Need School When I'm in the NFL"


sports star poster 169Many wannabe sports stars truly believe they will never need school or education. They're so certain that they're going to be pro athletes, not much reaches them to convince them otherwise.

For years, teachers and others have asked us for interventions that might convince these unmotivated students that they'll still need school and an education– whether they become sports stars or not.

Here is a brand new device that you can use verbally, or if you grab the intervention from our Facebook page, you can print it as a worksheet or poster.

Poster 169 (pictured above) says "Less than one in a million guys get into the NFL. There is that one guy and even he needs a diploma." That's right. NFL players need a high school diploma to get in. Shouldn't your students know that?

 

For Unmotivated Students Who Say
"I Won't Need School When I'm a Sports Star"


sports star motivational poster 170The motivational intervention may offer your wannabe sports stars information they didn't know.

You can use this intervention as a provocative mystery. It is also a sure-fire discussion-starter, or a captivating handout or motivational poster. It's Poster 170, but it's got so few words on it, you can quickly make your own if you prefer.

The intervention asks "What must every NBA, NFL, and MLB player have?" The answer is: a diploma. That answer may startle some of your unmotivated students. Some may actually become more interested in school.

 

For Unmotivated Students Who Say
"I Won't Need School When I'm in the NBA"
 

motivating school poster 35So many students yearn to get into the NBA, that we couldn't leave out that sport. For years, one of our best-selling posters has been Poster #35, pictured here. It's the perfect device motivate students who find school unnecessary to their future status as an NBA sports star.

Here is the information shown on that poster; you can use the information verbally: "Only 1 in 150,000 guys gets into the NBA. This is that one guy and even he needs a diploma."

For a follow-up activity, have students research which offers the best odds: Winning the lottery, being struck by lightening, or getting into the NBA. In our workshops (click), we provide lots of strategies for helping unmotivated students understand that they will need education whether they make it as a sports star or not. Hopefully, you'll find that the methods to motivate students that we've offered here should give you some innovative, compelling strategies to start using today.

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The 7 Best New School Success Strategies for 2007: Creative Methods to Jump-Start Your Students’ New Year

 

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The 7 Best New School Success Strategies for 2007:

  Creative Methods to Jump-Start Your Students' New Year

 
 

 

Here are some brand new interventions for the brand new year. All these devices offer you exciting new methods to build school success this year.

 

School Success Strategies That Work Best

 

Do You Know Where You're Going?

student success activityGive students pictures of a luggage tag. (You can use the one shown if wish. Just click "Save as" then save it. Next, print it from nearly any word processing or graphics program. You can also alter it using those programs if you wish.)

You can cut out the tag to look like an actual luggage tag if you want. Tell students that they are beginning a trip. Tell them that it is a trip through life. Ask students to write down on the luggage tag exactly where they will end up.

Many students will insist that they don't know for sure. You can reply "If you don't know where you're going, then you should be sure to take with you everything you could possibly need. Do you agree?"

Most students will agree that they should take everything from a bikini to a winter coat so they will be ready to function wherever they arrive. Once students acknowledge the need to take everything they might need, let them expand on their assertions, emphatically noting how vulnerable a person might be without that winter coat or without that passport.

Next, write on the board: "Don't Know Where You're Going? Education Will Take You There." (Other options: "Education: Don't Leave Home Without It" and "Education: Will You Have It When You Need It?") Discuss with students if they don't know exactly where they are going, might education be needed when they arrive?

 

Can You Pay the Cost of Living?

It's expensive just to live. Dropouts and people with less education and skills often earn minimum wage, currently $5.15 per hour in many states.

Help your students to do a little math. Based on the current estimated cost of living of $40,000 for an urban family of four, a minimum wage worker must work 150 hours per week–  but there are only 168 hours in a week. That means working all but 2-1/2 hours of every day!

motivation book If instead, two adults in the family both work at minimum wage, each must work 75 hours a week, or about 11 hours per day, way more than a typical eight hour day.

To potently convey the concept to students who think a school day is long, have them imagine going to school from 8 AM to 7 PM seven days a week.

This intervention works best if you help your students discover these facts by doing the math with them. Consider adding in this last fact once you have thoroughly discussed this data.

Note that the numbers are actually worse than indicated because they do not include the tax burden that shaves about one-third off of take-home pay. That fact, offered late in the game, can really get students' attention. Learn more about the book shown above, Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers. It's available as a book or instant ebook, and has dozens more innovative, motivational strategies like the ones listed here.

 

The Cost of Staying Alive

This intervention is the perfect follow-up to the preceding strategy. Put this statement on the board, then discuss: The average cost of health care is $300 per month, then it gets expensive.

This data is based on a family of four. To adjust this data for smaller families, you can deduct only a small amount– just 10% per person. Ouch. It can be expensive to just stay alive. Be sure your students discover this.


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Like Trying to Tame the Ocean

This intervention is for students who attempt the impossible. For example, a youngster can strive to fix their deeply troubled family, or a student may want to undo his family's recent move to a new state.

This school success intervention is to help students to consider letting go of things that they can not change or improve anyway. To use this device, ask the student if they would ever try to control the ocean. The student will say that no one can control the ocean.

After you receive that response, you can let the student know that their efforts are the equivalent of trying to tame the ocean of its waves. Instead battling the ocean, encourage young people to ride the waves so they end up in a new and better place.


Where to Keep Your Diploma

This school success intervention can be used in an off-the-cuff manner, or you can have students make posters to illustrate it. Be sure to put the completed posters on the wall as on-going motivators.

The idea is based on the fact that grads earn $329,000 more than dropouts per lifetime. Teach your students– "Your diploma: So valuable, it belongs in your wallet."

 


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No Such Thing Called Regret

There are so many times that youngsters decide to engage in problematic behavior only to then later express regret about their decision. Certainly expressions of regret are important, but you may be troubled when the regret appears to be offered as a way to moderate or avoid the normal consequences.

Here is a wonderful conversation starter from a practicum student at a girls' residential treatment center. I'll let her explain: "I don't believe in the word regret. It allows you to cover up your choices with that one word. I feel like it allows you to not own up to what you did. If I punch someone in the face, they may hit me back, I regret that I got hit back…You can't have your cake and eat it too."

While this school success intervention will only work with students who can process abstract information, it can be the start of an intriguing discussion. You may want to have your group advise you on how regret should be considered in decisions to moderate– or not moderate– consequences. You can relate this discussion to how the "real world" reacts to expressions of regret.

If you decide to incorporate references to some of the recent incidents involving well-publicized celebrity misbehavior, that could draw a broader range of students into the discussion.

 

Have Happy New School Year

This intervention isn't new but it is such a good intervention that we do like to give it out annually. This device is designed for youth who are negative or discouraged about school. (This device can be altered to work in treatment centers and other settings by simply changing the focus from school to your setting.)

Because it is the start of a new year, hold a Happy New School Year party. Don't just have a party; be sure to make new school year resolutions. Have paper ready so the students can write down specific commitments for the new year that they are ready to make.

It is very hard to be negative and sour when you are "toasting" your school success resolutions. To be creative, you can have the students insert the resolutions into balloons, then blow the balloons up and release. (Be sure to be release the balloons indoors or in a way that won't damage the environment.)

You can also have students make small wooden boats out of popsicle sticks or wood scraps, then put the resolutions on the boats. Next, release the boats on a lake or other body of water.

What a lovely way to help students care about success in school.

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Dropout Prevention Strategies
for the Real World

 
 

 

We're Youth Change Workshops. It's our 18th birthday. Interestingly, 18 is about the age that students should be when they graduate from high school. Sadly, many students dropout well before graduating and turning 18.

Here are birthday-themed interventions that are inspirational and motivational methods to prevent students from dropping out of school before graduating. Hopefully these lively, effective dropout prevention strategies will help more of your students celebrate their 18th birthday with a graduation party and high school diploma.

 

Dropout Prevention Strategies

to Convince Students to Stay in School
 

A Blast From the Future

Ask students to read these headlines from their future birthdays, then discuss if they'll be ready. If you wish, you can use a computer graphics program like Photoshop to alter your local newspaper to actually contain the new date and headline. Include headlines like these:

  • 2011: Mandatory New Test Detects All Substance Use in Job Seekers
  • 2017: Total Automation of Homes Nears: Those With Poor Computer Skills Locked Out
  • 2020: All Jobs Now Require Diploma
  • 2028: Good Bye Cars: Excellent Science Skills Needed for Replacement Vehicles
  • 2033: Job Market Dismal: Near Perfect Attendance Required
  • 2037: Speak Just One Language? Can You Say "No Job"?

 


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Just 'Cuz You Breathe

Have students make posters to illustrate this catch phrase: "Just 'cuz you breathe, doesn't mean you'll receive," then post the posters on the wall and discuss them.

If you preface this activity by giving a few stats on the value of a diploma, this activity can focus on graduation. For example, you can tell students that dropouts often earn too little to pay for a new car, an entire house or apartment, utilities, medical care, and transportation. Or, you can just provide the phrase and let students each choose their own focus.


20 Birthdays Later

Ask each students to write you an email as though it was 20 birthdays later. Ask them to describe their lives 2 decades worth of birthdays from today.

You may be amazed at the profound content you receive as students describe their imagined lives 20 years away. You may wish to save the letters to return to students years later. The long forgotten letters can become a blast from the past that transforms students in the future, but be sure to also use the letters now to discern the hopes and dreams of youngsters who appear to have no hopes and no dreams.

You may want to discuss the emails one-to-one or in groups, and include in the discussion how your site can assist the students to make their hoped-for futures actually happen. You can also save these emails to use whenever a student needs a boost of inspiration.


Can You Read Your Birthday Greetings?

To show students the increasing importance of education in the future, create birthday greetings that might come by email, then ask students to explain the email and say what they would do. To best implement this intervention, create actual emails that you email to students or print out for students to read.

Here are two examples to start you off. Although students may not spot it, both of these sample birthday emails are actually scams that could infect their computers, steal their identities, or otherwise do great harm. If students don't spot the scams, you might mention that education could help.

Happy Birthday. Your friends at electostuff.com have a free birthday gift of the latest game console system for you. It's valued at $239 in stores but free for you. Just click here and input your name, home address, phone number and answer a few more questions, and we will have your free game system to you in no time.

You've received birthday greetings from a friend or family member. Click here to open your personalized birthday card and see what your friend or family member has to say on your special day.

 

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Dropout Prevention Methods To Transform At-Risk and Unmotivated Students

 

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Dropout Prevention Methods
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At-Risk and Unmotivated Students
 

Show Students That Life Without a Diploma
is as Cold as Minnesota in Winter

 
 

 

dropout prevention methodsHello from Youth Change Workshops Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. I'm a professional development presenter, author and keynote speaker, but I used to manage a treatment program for older adolescent felons, most of whom were longtime dropouts. Despite that obstacle and many more, we were able to get all of our students back in school, and were able to produce a 90% graduation rate over a five year period. This article includes some of the dropout prevention methods that were honed in that program, plus some newly created strategies too.

finish schoolThe world is getting more and more cold and inhospitable to people who lack that "magic piece of paper." More than ever before, that diploma is opening doors. More than ever before, doors are slamming shut to people who lack that high school degree. It's never too soon to start letting your youngsters know that their diploma may ultimately be as important as the air they breathe. Regardless of the age of your students, now is the time to let them know that diplomas are becoming essential to survival. It is up to you to ensure that your students aren't frozen out of future opportunities.

Dropout Prevention Poster 12Perhaps it is because the world is becoming so bleak and hostile for dropouts that we have been getting so many comments about our Drop Out, Lose Out series of posters. (Poster #12 is pictured at right.) Without a doubt, these posters capture how grim and difficult life may be for today's youth if they lack a high school diploma. The facts cited on the posters have drawn so much comment, that we will provide a synopsis of those grim statistics here so you can easily pass on the information to your students.

If you just want those chilling facts, then you just have to scroll down a bit. If you also want additional specific, ready-to-use ideas how to convey the bad news more effectively and powerfully, you can adapt and use the surprising methods shown on our "Drop Out, Lose Out" posters.

Here are two ways to immediately use what you see on those posters (Posters #10 through #21.) First, you can do the activity pictured. So, for example, on Poster #12, you see stacks of money being rejected. Get stacks of play money and a stamp that says "rejected." You may also want to get a stamp that says "accepted" to give the activity a potentially positive twist.

Motivational School Posters Second, you can verbally convey the images shown on the posters. So, for example, on Poster #14, you see a complex job application on a computer monitor. You could quiz students verbally on how to complete such a complicated application. This activity could be a very potent way to demonstrate that job hunting could be difficult or impossible without education and a diploma. So, as you look at the posters, decide whether to actually do the action portrayed, or to verbally capture it.

No matter how you decide to use these innovative, more effective dropout prevention strategies, you will be powerfully and persuasively convey the bad news about dropping out to your at-risk and unmotivated students. The goal of all these rather tough techniques is to absolutely convince your youngsters that life without a diploma is like Minnesota in winter.

 

Dropout Prevention Methods

That Convey the 10 Bitter Cold Facts About Dropping Out

 

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Drop Out, Lose Out
on Cars


After paying for necessities, a dropout with one job may be able to afford 0 new cars.

 

Dropout Prevention Method

dropout preventionDrop Out, Lose Out
on Housing

A dropout working one job is typically able to afford about 2/3 of a very basic place to live.

 

Dropout Prevention Method

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on Money


When dropouts reject free education, they also reject $329,000 of additional income that graduates earn.

 

Dropout Prevention Method

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on Understanding

Because dropouts miss a lot of school, they often have problems understanding what nearly everyone else can.

 

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Dropout Prevention Method

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on Finding Jobs


Jobs open to dropouts are rapidly disappearing as more and more jobs require diplomas to even apply.

 

Dropout Prevention Method

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on Keeping Jobs


Dropouts are typically the first fired and the last hired.

 

Dropout Prevention Method

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on Surviving Physically


Jobs open to dropouts often lack good health insurance and paid sick leave, making basic and even emergency health care unaffordable or impossible to access.

 

Dropout Prevention Method

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on Desirable Jobs


Most jobs, the military, and most jobs commonly considered desirable or high-paying, require a diploma to even apply.

 

Dropout Prevention Method

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on Financial Survival


Typically, dropouts working one job will not earn enough money to pay all their basic housing, food, heat, light and water bills.

 

Dropout Prevention Method

methods to improve dropout rateDrop Out, Lose Out
on Essential and Free Benefits


Jobs open to dropouts usually do not include paid vacation, sick leave or retirement, making vacations, illness and retirement difficult or impossible.

 

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Consider passing on our "cold facts" to your students now. Yes, these facts are harsh, but better that your students are exposed now to the increasingly harsh realities facing dropouts, than they live out those realities for the rest of their lives. Our books– like Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers— have hundreds more strategies.

 

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