Wednesday
Jun102015

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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Tuesday
Jun022015

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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Tuesday
May262015

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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Wednesday
May202015

The Real Common Core: How Loving Your Students Changes Everything

By Bill Madigan, AVID Staff Developer

According to author and researcher Dr. Lou Cozolino, “…teacher-student attunement isn’t a ‘nice addition’ to the learning experience, but a core requirement.” The first stage of engaging students in any lesson is to first engage with them as humans in this world– their stories, their identities.

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Wednesday
May132015

Making Connections Through Shadow Days

By Katrina Mabry-Smith, AVID Elective Teacher and Coordinator, and Lisa Davis, AVID Site Team Counselor, Timberview High School

Sometimes when we visited middle schools, the students would say, “AVID is just a middle school thing; I don’t think I’ll really need it in high school.” The middle school students tend to have a lot of questions, and it is obvious that they are unfamiliar with the challenges that they will encounter in high school. So, when we looked at our retention rates and even our 9th grade failure rates, we realized that we needed to make connections with our middle school students early!

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