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Children First: Engaging bored students in the classroom

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A study on why high school students drop out says nearly half claim they left school because it's too boring.

That puts a lot of pressure on administrators and teachers to keep students engaged.

"Students are not engaged because they're not as interested in that subject area.  If you can find a trigger for them, if that is technology, if that is by means of group interaction, I think then they will be more engaged," said Andrew Marcure, who teaches technology classes at Big Horn Middle School and Big Horn High School.

Sheridan County School District Number One  is trying to expose students to more technology and Marcure's students, like Hanneah Puckett, seem to like that.

"I'm learning lots of new things about the computers, like learning how to design yearbooks, and you do movies," said Hanneah, who is a high school senior.

Marcure's first class of the day, School Publications, works on the yearbook and newsletters, and after he took over the class, he's tasked students with making weekly news videos.

"At first a few students were on the edge of not really wanting to be in front of a camera and talk, but after about the third or fourth video throughout the year, students were really excited," said Marcure.

Students still appreciate the simpler touches.

"It's always nice the way teachers are always helping, just always making you stayed engaged, because they're always pushing you to be your best and get better," said Hanneah.

But she likes to remind herself that it is not just up to the teachers to keep herself engaged in the classroom.

"Students have to like push themselves to stay engaged because pretty soon they're going to be going off to college and they have to push themselves to apply to schools," said Hanneah.

Sheridan County School District One increased its dual enrollment opportunities to 40 college credits this year, hoping this will help more students remain engaged in their future by starting college earlier.

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