GOOD

Superb Idea: Have Students Role-Play the College Recruiting Process

It's not enough to tell kids to go to college. You have to invest them in the idea, too.

Teachers always tell students to "go to college" but if the kids don't know anybody who's actually gone, it can be pretty tough to sell them on voluntarily heading somewhere that seems unfamiliar and abstract. So Tobie Lynn Tranchina, a fourth-grade English as a Second Language teacher at Terrytown Elementary in suburban New Orleans, came up with a brilliant solution. She solicited college brochures and applications from a slew of schools and created an innovative project to familiarize her kids with college and invest them in continuing their education.


Tranchina first assigned each of her students a college—in-state schools like Xavier University and the University of New Orleans, and out-of-state schools like the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and Duke University in North Carolina. Tranchina told Nola.com she then had the students "look at three different schools and compare tuition, classes, location and extracurricular activities." That's a smart move because students who aren't familiar with college often don't have a clue how much it costs, what a wide variety of classes are available (Tranchina's students had no idea there was a such thing as a criminal science major), how gorgeous many college campuses are, and how much fun you can have in extracurricular activities.

After comparing the pros and cons of each school Tranchina—and this is what's really brilliant—let each student pick the school they wanted to attend and then had them pretend to be recruiters for the school. In their recruiter role, the students had to write a persuasive essay designed to convince their classmates to attend their school. If you can explain to someone else why they should go to a particular college, that means you've internalized exactly why you should go to college. "If they can start thinking like this now, at 10 years old, and have a positive mentality towards college, then it becomes a lot easier for them to reach their goals," said Tranchina. Her college project is probably one lesson her students won't forget.

photo (CC) via Flickr user anthonyturducken

Articles

Cancer is still the second leading cause of death after heart disease for both men and women. The American Cancer Society predicts that 2020 will bring almost 1.8 million new cancer cases and 600,000 cancer deaths, but there's also some good news. The American Cancer Society recently published a report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians stating the U.S. cancer death rates experienced the largest-single year decline ever reported.

Between 2016 and 2017, cancer death rates fell by 2.2%. While cancer death rates have been steadily falling over the past three decades, it's normally by 1.5% a year. Cancer death rates have dropped by 29% since 1991, which means that there have been 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths in the past three decades than there would have been if the mortality rate had remained constant.

Keep Reading
Health

The Australian bushfires have claimed 27 human lives, an estimated 1 billion animals are feared dead, and thousands of properties have been completely decimated.

The fires were caused by extreme heat and dryness, the result of 2019 being the country's hottest year on record, with average temperatures 1.52C above the 1961-1990 average.

The area hit hardest by the fires, New South Wales, also had its hottest year on record, with temperatures rising 1.95C above average.

Keep Reading
The Planet

Dr. Nicole Baldwin is a pediatrician in Cincinnati, Ohio who is so active on social media she calls herself the Tweetiatrician.

She also has a blog where she discusses children's health issues and shares parenting tips.

Keep Reading
Health