Whether you’re reading this in 2021 while attending full-time school and/or semi-virtual school or you’re reading this in a more normal world, we want to share a few ways to increase student involvement with different activities at any level.
How Can Students Get More Involved in School Activities?
When it comes to school activities, there are a few things that almost always come to mind: football, orchestra, tennis, choir, etc. Yet, we want to look at some alternatives that students may not be aware of. For instance, some schools allow students to be in charge of the morning announcements and lead the Pledge of Allegiance over the intercom. Other schools have something similar but in video form, teaching the students how to work camera equipment, script, edit, and so forth. Some schools also allow students to be office or teacher aides, helping around the classroom – or the whole school – and learning both how to be responsible and what it’s like to work in a professional environment, even for only a few hours a week.
School Club Opportunities
If your students want to get involved in a club, specifically, most schools offer different student clubs and organizations such as student council or government, honors society, Key Club, DECA, a yearbook team, etc. Some schools have invite-only “Princi-Pal” teams (based on merit, GPA, or academic involvement) that meet with the principals monthly or quarterly to share ideas on how to improve certain aspects of the school.
These clubs and organizations typically allow for student involvement with fundraising and events associated with the group. Here, students can work toward specific goals and earn rewards for accomplishing said goals. These groups allow students to practice working in teams (in a more meaningful way than in-class group work), which prepares them for college or the workforce – whatever comes next for them.
Students can also get involved by organizing and executing assemblies or pep rallies, volunteering as ushers at sports events or theatrical productions, assisting with events like Spirit Week, class parties, and younger grades can help with the senior celebration at your school – whatever that looks like! It’s safe to say students can get involved in pretty much anything; it simply takes a little thinking outside of the box. Let teams of students contribute to fundraising ideas, food drive operations, contests, shirt designs, schoolwide initiatives, and so forth. If the purpose of schooling is to prepare these students for the future, we should provide ample opportunity for them to prepare for adulthood, no matter their age.
Why Is It Important for Students to Get More Involved?
We touched on it briefly, but these opportunities are imperative for students preparing for their futures – whether the future looks like additional education, entering the workforce, or finding themselves in a gap year full of volunteering and experiential learning.
Involvement with certain activities can set off a lightbulb in a student’s mind when contemplating their future. Did they love creating flyers and talking about school events? That’s a marketing student. Good with filing, organizing, and making appointments? You’re ready to work in an office. Did a student love throwing a class party or a school assembly? Event planning protege. Were they on the nose with accounting for the school’s fundraiser? Maybe you’ve got a future business student on your hands.
The same applies to school clubs. Those who thrived in student government may pursue something related to civics, be that government, a nonprofit, or something similar. Those who thrived in debate clubs may pursue a law or a career utilizing negotiations. Those in drama or music clubs may find ways to get involved with similar productions because of their ability to excel in public speaking and presentations.
Communication skills, networking skills, fine-tune interests, and life skills are simply additional perks of student involvement. Getting involved may also improve your students’ perception of school (thereby potentially relieving academic pressure through extracurriculars), easing the transition from primary school to whatever comes next.
Prepare Your Students for the Future
If you’ve been wondering how students can get involved with school activities, refer to this, but also, think outside of the box. Once your student finds “their thing,” they’ll know. It does more good than harm to give students some responsibility.
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