One thing that I have noticed that I do regularly is to ask students for their input on different places to visit. By doing this volunteering and such my students feel a part of the community. However, I feel that keeping students has a lot to do with keeping instructors as well and I find that those that care deeply are the most hurt.
Everyone makes decisions every day about how engaged they will be in the classroom, community and life in general, Jennifer. There are people who skim across the surface and seldom know the satisfaction of making a difference; others realize the possibility of disappointment but contribute in far more meaningful way and reap great rewards. â€œYa gotta play to win.â€