All they talk about is money!

I asked juniors and seniors in my sociology class "how might we support students to and through college?"

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My name is Brad Fiege and I am teaching a section of Sociology this semester at Greece Arcadia High School in Rochester, NY. I also have been leading Design Thinking work in my district for over the past year and half. This semester for my sociology class I decided to use the Design Thinking approach. Teaching them the main components and guiding them through a challenge. As a class we will go through the design stages for this  challenge and linking those stages to different theories of sociology. Since we are in the discovery phase, we have had some discussions on how to support students to and through college. Their initial impression is that most of the emphasis of going to college is directed at finding money to go to college but they feel they are not ready to deal with college once they get there. Having the money to go to college does not equate to success in college. The reason, from their perspective,  is that the learning experiences and expectations of high school do not match the learning experiences and expectations of college. 

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe what you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research. (Ex: Good advisors make a difference.)

Students are asking for learning experiences and expectations that require different skills that our current high school is not supporting. Or if it is, students need to benefit from it more!


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Thank you, Michale for compiling this list.  It is a great resource for my students to look at especially as I continue to have conversations with them on the topic, these will give them something to bounce ideas off of or respond to. 

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