Raising Student Aspirations

Classroom Activities for Grades 9-12
8.5x11
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780878224821
Item Number: 5199

$29.99

Provides teachers with 72 classroom activities designed to empower and motivate their students’ hopes and dreams. The activities include reading and writing, group discussions, games, stories, role plays, music, art, and more. The authors’ creative and engaging approach is based on solid research and is shaped by eight interrelated conditions:

  1. Belonging
  2. Heroes
  3. Sense of Accomplishment
  4. Fun and Excitement
  5. Curiosity and Creativity
  6. Spirit of Adventure
  7. Leadership and Responsibility
  8. Confidence to Take Action

“What child wouldn’t have fun helping make a class quilt, playing word games, learning how to juggle, decorating the classroom, or making a secret code? They [the activities] are all here, and each has a specific objective to Russ’s mission to mold lifelong aspirations into the character of our students.”

—from the Foreword by Vincent L. Ferrandino, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals

Book Review

Raising Student Aspirations identifies eight conditions (including belonging, fun, and excitement) that need to be in place in order for students to flourish. The book suggests meaningful activities, interactions, discussions, and schoolwide initiatives to promote each condition.”

Youth Today, The Newspaper on Youth Work

Chapter 1: Belonging

  • Activity 1: On the Outside
  • Activity 2: Say It through a Song
  • Activity 3: Stereotypes
  • Activity 4: Course Input
  • Activity 5: Student-Parent Conferences
  • Activity 6: Mood Cards
  • Activity 7: Physical and Mental Stretches
  • Activity 8: Scenarios for Belonging
  • Challenge Activities for Belonging

Chapter 2: Heroes

  • Activity 1: Our Graduates
  • Activity 2: Historical Heroes
  • Activity 3: Family Heroes
  • Activity 4: Person of the Year
  • Activity 5: My Hero
  • Activity 6: Stand and Deliver
  • Activity 7: I Am a Hero
  • Activity 8: Scenarios for Heroes
  • Challenge Activities for Heroes

Chapter 3: Sense of Accomplishment

  • Activity 1: Our Community
  • Activity 2: Perseverance
  • Activity 3: My Country
  • Activity 4: My Achievements
  • Activity 5: Try This!
  • Activity 6: Retirement Award
  • Activity 7: Good Citizenship through Writing
  • Activity 8: Scenarios for Sense of Accomplishment
  • Challenge Activities for Sense of Accomplishment

Chapter 4: Fun and Excitement

  • Activity 1: Political Cartoons
  • Activity 2: A Hat Full of Fun
  • Activity 3: Rooting Out Boredom
  • Activity 4: Sharing Assessment
  • Activity 5: Learning Options
  • Activity 6: Fun with Paint
  • Activity 7: Go Outside
  • Activity 8: Scenarios for Fun and Excitement
  • Challenge Activities for Fun and Excitement

Chapter 5: Curiosity and Creativity

  • Activity 1: Who Am I?
  • Activity 2: Learning Styles
  • Activity 3: Interpreting Art
  • Activity 4: World Issues
  • Activity 5: Extemporaneous Speeches
  • Activity 6: How Does It Work?
  • Activity 7: Standout College Essays
  • Activity 8: Scenarios for Curiosity and Creativity
  • Challenge Activities for Curiosity and Creativity

Chapter 6: Spirit of Adventure

  • Activity 1: Looking Different
  • Activity 2: My Zones
  • Activity 3: Have You Ever?
  • Activity 4: Animal Risk Takers
  • Activity 5: Add Some Spice
  • Activity 6: Heads Up!
  • Activity 7: Choose Your Own Grade
  • Activity 8: Scenarios for Spirit of Adventure
  • Challenge Activities for Spirit of Adventure

Chapter 7: Leadership and Responsibility

  • Activity 1: Success Together
  • Activity 2: Decision Making
  • Activity 3: Leadership Myths
  • Activity 4: Teach the Class
  • Activity 5: Debating
  • Activity 6: Straw Houses
  • Activity 7: Student Surveys
  • Activity 8: Scenarios for Leadership and Responsibility
  • Challenge Activities for Leadership and Responsibility

Chapter 8: Confidence to Take Action

  • Activity 1: Survival Kit for New Students
  • Activity 2: Act It Out
  • Activity 3: Make a Change
  • Activity 4: Market Yourself
  • Activity 5: Clay Models
  • Activity 6: Letter to the Editor
  • Activity 7: Change the World
  • Activity 8: Scenarios for Confidence to Take Action
  • Challenge Activities for Confidence to Take Action
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