One group of Lorain County Joint Vocational School students started the school year with a unique project that took them out of their comfort zone.
The first project in the “Computers as a Writing Tool” elective class let the students become the teachers. Each of the students researched the topic of bullying, prepared a Power Point presentation and offered to share their research with other JVS classes.
The program’s instructor, Sandy Todd, took a professional development course about bullying over the summer.
She said the students did a good job of compiling the information and creating their presentations.
“I was really glad the students had the opportunity to share what they learned with their peers,” she said.
“That’s where we were encouraged to step outside of our comfort zone,” said student Ben Morton. “It was hard to walk into a classroom of strangers and talk to them about such an emotional topic.”
Student Kole Miller said the presentations had more impact on their peers than they would have had if the information had been presented by adults.w
What did the students learn about the topic of bullying?
Ryan Santiago learned that “one out of 10 students drop out of high school because of bullying.”
Another student, Nate Parsons, said bullying isn’t limited to schools.
“One third or 43 million American workers report being bullied on the job,” he said. “These statistics really help you realize how serious bullying is.”
The following students participated included Drew Leonard of Brookside, Kole Miller and Ben Morton, both of Elyria, Ryan Santiago and Nate Parsons, both of Brookside.
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