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My Students as Teen Advocates

Teen Advocates Fight Against the DropOut Rate

I am about to give my students a mission: 

To create a website that hosts videos, blog posts, comics, PSAs, etc. to help decrease the dropout rate at our high school. 

How will they do this?

1st Study the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey to gain insight about the necessary skills needed to be successful in school and life. 

2nd Play the online game BOOST HIGH.org where students can practice their boosting skills and make decisions to help a teen reach graduation. 

3rd In groups, research the dropout rate for the nation, state, city and our school.

4th In groups, interview school officials and students to get their ideas on causes and viable solutions to the drop out rate.

5th In groups they will be assigned a student who is in need and they will create resources to assist and persuade the student to stay in school and graduate.  This campaign will consist of

                A cartoon that explains the elements of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

                A PhotoMovie using Animoto that inspires the student to stay on track

                A PSA that highlights the need for a high school degree

6th The students will embed all of their resources onto their assigned websites.

7th They will share their sites with anyone who will look and listen.

We will be videotaping our progress in this endeavor and they will be creating blogs and wikipages to house activities, reflections and journal prompts.

 I hope to be able to inspire my students to be active participants in creating a school culture in which the majority of our students graduate and go on to lead successful, happy, and healthy lives.

Am I wearing Rose Colored Glasses and being Naive?

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