By Jonathan Petrick, AVID Staff Developer, Elective Teacher, and Coordinator, Ramstein Middle School, Germany
A little over a year ago, I enrolled in a land navigation course (orienteering and compass work minus the GPS). As I navigated a compass course through the daylight and darkness, I couldn’t help but wonder how AVID strategies, inquiry, collaboration, determination, and so on, could help me as I sat in the woods—temporarily lost—at nearly midnight. So, my AVID brain started ticking…. How would my students fare at a similar activity? At the conclusion of the summer, I returned to my school in Germany and contacted someone who could help guide my idea of putting my students through a similar course to fruition, and in the process, he helped me think about my work as an AVID teacher in a new way.