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Group Mentoring

Category: Academic Achievement

How to Get Your Grades Raised

This activity guides students through the process of addressing and negotiating grades with their teachers. Students will learn how to constructively communicate with their teachers about grades, and develop helpful strategies for increasing grades both short-term and in general. Students brainstorm ways to discuss grades with teachers, review a 9-step plan for getting teachers to increase their grades, and practice the strategies with role-play.

Mentors can also click here for helpful tips on talking to students about grades.

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How to Get Your Grade Raised

Make It Happen!

Make It Happen! is an activity developed to help students take advantage of extra time over school breaks. In this activity, students will set realistic academic and personal goals to work toward over break. Students complete a daily calendar to help them create a strategy for achieving their goals.

Make It Happen!

S.L.A.N.T.

This activity teaches students the learning strategy S.L.A.N.T, which stands for Sit Up, Lean Forward, Ask Questions, Nod Your Head, and Talk. It focuses on each behavior as a tool to increase classroom success.

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Quit Shoving

Students discuss the causes and consequences of not completing high school. This activity requires students to brainstorm and share some reasons for dropout and share them with the group anonymously, and includes a game regarding dropout statistics.

Quit shoving

 

 

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Learning Styles Kit

In this activity, students will discover tools and resources that are relevant to their individual learning styles. They will use these tools to help them create an optimal learning environment. Students will need to know their individual learning styles (see Learning Styles) before completing this activity).

Learning Styles Kit

 

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The Truth About Transitions Worksheet (Supplement for Survivor 9)

This worksheet is used as a supplement to the Survivor 9 set of activities.  It emphasizes discrepancies between the stereotypes they had about 8th and 9th graders and how they really are.  It also asks the students to come up with ways to make the transition from 8th to 9th grade easier on those going through it.

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Survivor 9

This set of activities focuses on the differences between expectations in 8th and 9th grade.  It includes a free-association activity where students write words that come to mind when thinking about each grade-level.  There are visualization and drawing exercises focusing on each of the two grade-levels.  The set also includes a group discussion activity.

Survivor 9 (2)

 

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Learning Styles

Students become familiar with the different learning styles in this activity. By completing an inventory of personal questions, students discover their personal learning styles. The group discusses different ways to improve learning by focusing on individual styles. Use the Learning Styles Kit activity as a follow up to this activity.

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The Brain Game

The Brain Game gives students a brief overview of how their brains work. This activity is designed to help students start thinking about the best ways to use their brains and improve learning/study skills. The game is in a trivia format and includes fun facts about brains.

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