By Jennifer Wolfe, AVID Elective Teacher & Coordinator, Emerson Junior High School
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
For a moment on Wednesday night, I was worried: 20 freshmen and sophomores, gas stoves, sharp knives, and the need to prepare and serve dinner for 40+ people in less than an hour? I questioned my choices.
This night—a culmination of a few weeks of planning and preparation for my AVID students—meant a lot to me. Building an AVID classroom community requires teamwork, empathy, compassion, and trust. It depends on kids being vulnerable, stepping out of their comfort zones, and looking at the big picture.