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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Dropout Prevention Methods To Transform At-Risk and Unmotivated Students

 

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Dropout Prevention Methods
To Transform
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.

 

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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.

 

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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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on Finding Jobs


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

 

Dropout Prevention Method

dropoutDrop Out, Lose Out
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.

 

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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.

 

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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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How to Prevent School Violence: Mental Detectors not Metal Detectors

 

 

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How to Prevent School Violence:
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At our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops around the country, youth professionals continue to report seeing more and more children from deeply troubled homes. If you are not a mental health worker, your college training may not have prepared you for working with children whose behavior is driven by the trauma they endure at home. This Behavior and Classroom Management Blog issue gives you a few of the basics all youth professionals need to know in order to maximize their ability to successfully do their job with children from deeply troubled homes. However, please note that these introductory basics are just the very start of the information you'll need.

how to prevent school violenceI am Youth Change Director, Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. At age 21, I began my career in a locked state hospital setting working with the most violent youth in Oregon. The first day on the job, I was severely bitten by a 12 year-old felon. That injury plagued me for years. I resolved at that moment to learn everything I could about out-of-control children and teens. I realized that nothing I had learned in college prepared me for the real world of working with acting-out, violent students. I was surprised that I had to piece together the answers I needed, that there was no apparent ready-to-go source of specific, updated, real-world strategies. Let me share with you some of what I learned about how to prevent youth violence.

Due to the short space I have here, this article focuses more on potentially violent children who may be bullied, depressed, in crisis or have huge family problems. However, many violent students and potentially violent students evidence another dynamic. Read more about those youngsters in another Behavior and Classroom Management Blog educational article.

As more and more contemporary children seem to have major family problems compared to years past, it is absolutely critical that both you and your team thoroughly know mental health basics. Since studies emphasize that seeing and helping distressed youth are the primary ways to prevent school shootings, that's another reason that non-mental health youth professionals like educators must upgrade their skills right away. As Richard Lawrence of St. Cloud State University has noted, "We need more mental detectors, not metal detectors in schools."

 

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student violence prevention How to Prevent School Violence
See the Pain

How are your "mental detection" skills? Some youth professionals never notice that they're working with children in distress. Not noticing makes it more likely that you might add to the child's burdens, and these children already carry a heavy load. You may also miss any cues that show that this is a child who could one day explode in violence.

Learn to look deeper into problems like sleeping in class, depression, back talk, irritability, and poor performance, to consider if family problems could be the cause. For example, a child may sleep in class not because she's "just a lazy kid" but because it's the only place she has free from the all-night roar of Dad hitting and berating Mom.

 

student violence prevention How to Prevent School Violence
You Can't Fix It


If you are not a family therapist, be careful about focusing your efforts on changing the family. Veteran counselors struggle to impact severely troubled families. Non-family counselors are unlikely to have the desired impact because they lack the time, expertise, and training to succeed. As a non-mental health worker, your expertise lies with children. Put your energy there instead. You can certainly encourage the family to seek counseling, but understand that family therapy should not be provided by people outside the mental health field.

 

student violence prevention How to Prevent School Violence
Offer Accommodations


The night after a beating, it can be tough to focus on math. If you have data to indicate abuse, of course you report it, but if you only suspect trauma, be prepared to offer accommodations. If you give traumatized youngsters time to process and recover from recent crises, they will work as hard as they can on days that they are able. Can you fairly ask any more of a human being than that? Since school shooters often feel persecuted or badly treated by others, here is another reason to show you are sensitive and caring instead of adding to the perception that people are mean and just don't care.

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Fill in the Gaps


If you can't get the family to do their job, then you fill in the gaps. For example, you may help a child devise a plan to wake up for school each morning, but have granola bars, sox, and other items that the child may need in order to function throughout the day at your site. It's tragic that you must cover for the family to such an extent but if you don't, the child will continue to suffer, and may be so distracted by his unmet physical needs that he can't benefit from the services your site offers. Since studies show that many school shooters were having trouble coping, that is another compelling reason to fill in the gaps. Most school shooters are also young males, thus the use of that particular pronoun here.

 

student violence prevention How to Prevent School Violence
Evaluate and Upgrade Deficit Skills


Here is a very quick way to see if your team members are competent "mental detectors" able to spot children in distress. Can your team members name the 4 most common mental health/ family problems that children face? The answer is included in our Follow-Up Resources section immediately below, but before you scroll down to look, stop and consider if you know the answer. (To all our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop past participants: you should all know this.)

If all the members of your team cannot name these 4 problems, how can they spot children with these concerns? Teams that do not know how to spot distress lack the ability to prevent school shootings. Don't believe us? This assertion originates with the 2003 Secret Service/ U.S. Dept. of Ed study on school shooters. Upgrade deficient skills now– for the sake of students who suffer– and to more effectively ensure that a shooting never happens at your site. As the study indicates, metal detectors will never work as well as mental detectors.

 

student violence prevention How to Prevent School Violence
Follow-up Resources


Did you know the top 4 mental health/family problems that children face? These problems can affect the child directly or another family member. These problems are: 1) substance abuse; 2) severe emotional disturbance; 3) sexual abuse; and 4) physical, verbal or emotional abuse. If you didn't know this, that means you need to upgrade your skills. Some suggestions: our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop is a fast, comprehensive option. You don't have to come to a live class. You can also get the entire course online, and you can bring the workshop to your site or conference. We still have popular back-to- school dates open for on-site inservice sessions, but they are rapidly disappearing. Call to schedule your class now: 1.800.545.5736.

Another resource: Our Child's Guide to Surviving in a Troubled Family is full of lessons to ease the difficulties that distressed children endure. It is $15. If these options don't meet your needs, email us for help finding resources that would work for you. We care about you and your students and we are here to help. Please note that many of our resources are free or low cost, and we offer scholarships to our workshops.

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