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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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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Dropout Prevention Strategies for the Real World

 

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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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