Our Spring ’08 workshops were packed with participants and we all read many evaluations. Many from the evaluations from the Spring inservice tour included requests for individuals to create favorite interventions. We noticed that many workshop participants requested a similar couple of interventions. By popular request, we have been posting your selected interventions the following.
# 1 Favorite Intervention
Where Will Your TV Watching Skills Be Needed?
Any intervention that used a classified ad format was extremely popular. The method listed here was the most used in the bunch. The intervention is to ask students to create Help Wanted ads depending on the pair of skills they’re acquiring. Many participants liked the examples we gave at school with the ads students create and wanted copies. They like how these silly ads may leave students wondering “Where will my TV watching skills be needed?”
Here are some from the examples that drew probably the most comment:
Experienced TV Viewers Needed for High Paying Jobs
A large company seeks TV viewers to function long hours in a horizontal position. Must like donuts and chips.
National Firm Needs Nappers Now
If you love to sleep, this task opportunity will open your vision. If you wake with the crack of noon, we could wait. On-time applications not accepted.
Mall Rats Wanted for Executive Positions
Years of leaning up against the wall or looking at a bench needed for an exciting opportunity with major corporations. If you know how you can hang out all day, your future as one of our hard-driving employees is simply unlimited. If you’ll be able to demonstrate to be able to say something nasty about everyone who walks by, then you may be the perfect person we’d like in customer relations. Put those valuable many years of experience like a mall rat to operate with us.
Violent Video Game Pros Needed for Government Espionage
If you can navigate mazes, break codes, or get rid of the beast, then a career while using the CIA or FBI might be in your case. We need people like you who can arrive at the highest level no matter what vicious dragons or pre-historic dinosaurs impede.
# 2 Favorite Intervention
Gallons for Graduates
Participants like interventions that sell the value of school and wanted a lot more. Here is a brand new one. Right now it is a particularly easy sell if you relate school to the expense of gas. Here is the connection. The typical dropout earns about $500 monthly working minimum wage at one or more jobs. With gas currently approaching $4 a gallon, and minimum wage approaching $7 1 hour, have students calculate the number of hours a dropout must work to buy a tank of gas. To make the numbers stand out, have students determine how long they have to work to just drive to some neighboring city, a nearby state, or popular regional destination. Have them figure out how much they are going to spend only to head to their job daily.
With gas supposed to top $5 a gallon sooner, make sure to help students discover that one dropout with one job might not be capable to afford a tank of gas while paying housing, medical bills, car payments, clothing, recreation, and the like. Help students to realize that if gas prices still rise, dropouts might be capable to afford a vehicle they can’t afford to drive. By contrast, graduates earn roughly twice the salary of dropouts and might be better happy to stay with the street. You are re-shaping students’ image of school by making it critical to be able to afford to drive.
A fun follow-up intervention: have students illustrate the saying, “Gallons for Graduates.” They can use art supplies or computer clip art to generate fanciful images just like a merged diploma and gas pump, or by showing a gas station where everyone who is buying gas dons a cap and gown, or clutching a college degree.