Transitioning to an eBinder

By Bailey Triplett, AVID Elective Teacher and Coordinator, Muller Road Middle School

As my school implemented a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, I started to ponder the idea of creating a binder online, or an eBinder. I played around with OneNote and Google Drive. You could create folders within folders. The more that I dabbled, an eBinder seemed even more organized than the traditional binder…and you could personalize and color code everything!

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Top 5 Reasons for Educators to Get Social!

By Kayla Burrow, Marketing Communications Specialist, AVID Center

“Smart phones and social media expand our universe. We can connect with others or collect information easier and faster than ever.” – Daniel Goleman

Chances are you’re reading this on a mobile device, and if you enjoy what you read here, you might use the “Like” and “Share” buttons at the bottom of the blog to let others know. (Thank you in advance to those of you who do!) We live in a world where information is literally at our fingertips, or in our pockets, or in our bag nearby, and we’re not only consumers of information, we are also publishers, sharing and creating content daily.

Many cringe at the thought of social media, and these people rattle off reasons why they don’t engage with it, but there are just as many reasons to give it a try, especially if you’re an educator. Here are my top five!

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Growing AVID Leaders

By Marciano Flores, AVID Elective Teacher, Coordinator, and Staff Developer

They say, "Great leaders are born,” but teachers, especially AVID teachers, know we build leaders. I have found that our individual determination mantra works exponentially when applied to leadership building in our AVID students. When you sincerely believe in your students' inherent drive to learn, add a desire to serve their community, and empower them with leadership skills, you will have a group of students ready for anything.

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Metacognition: It’s Just Good Coaching

By Gary Kroesch, AVID Higher Education Consultant

I was a member of the San Diego State University track team, and my coach, Jim Hill, was one of those mentors who appreciated that outstanding performance is as much mental as physical. You can learn how to run better with not only your legs and body, but with your mind, as well. He regularly engaged us—individually and in groups—in a series of reflective metacognitive thinking sessions on our performances and goals. We called them “chalk talks” because they often involved a blackboard.

How did you do? What would you do differently? What goals do you have? He pushed team members to constantly reflect on the fulfillment of our potential—what we were doing and whether it would get us where we wanted to go.

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The Value of Looking Back

By Craig McKinney, AVID Elective Teacher and Staff Developer

The end of an academic year is an ideal time to have a Throwback Thursday of our own—to ask our students to project themselves back nine months into the past in order to see how they’ve grown and changed as a result of being in our classes. What do you know now that you didn’t know in September? What can you do now that you couldn’t do at the beginning of the school year? If you had it to do over again, what might you do differently?

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