Brain Myths

TEDEd takes on the myth of the left brain vs. the right brain...


Help Your Students Be More Creative (With Constraints)

"Constraints aren't the boundaries of creativity, but the foundation of it." Share this video from TEDEd with your colleagues and students to inspire a new way of looking at creativity.


Why Facts Don't Convince People (and what you can do about it) 

Here's a great video to share with your students before the next Socratic Seminar or Philosophical Chairs Debate! You can find more resources like this one on TEDEd!


Hidden Objectives

By Craig McKinney, AVID Staff Developer

What are you teaching tomorrow? If I asked you that, you might respond in several ways:

“Cellular respiration.”

“Pythagorean Theorem.”  

“Act II of Romeo and Juliet.”

“The French Revolution and the American Revolution.”

“I don’t know yet. I have to make it through today first.”

Maybe answering a question like that makes you uncomfortable. In many cases—perhaps most—we gauge our classroom experiences not by what we are teaching but by what our students are learning or doing. Teachers who want to make the learning clear to students do so by informing them of the learning objectives for a particular lesson or for a unit as a whole. Students like to be told what they’re supposed to be learning or doing so they can figure out whether it’s happening.

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Mindfulness Meets AVID

By Kristen Larson, AVID Elective Teacher

I am proud to say our school district has gone in a holistic direction by investing in our students and staff by hiring a mindfulness specialist. Having this resource has transformed how I approach the classroom, my students, and my life. I had heard of mindfulness and done a yoga class here and there, but I really had no idea what the term actually meant and how powerful it could be. So, I was curious and thought I would see how we, as an AVID class, could tap into this new resource.

At the beginning of the year, my AVID class also started doing something that we termed “Mindful Mondays” with our new mindfulness education specialist, Mary T. Schmitz. She explained to students that: “Mindfulness is approaching our thoughts with kindness and curiosity, so we can choose our behavior.”

Mindfulness allows us to hold space with our thoughts and observe them—to notice what we are thinking and feeling, and pause and wait for ourselves to react and to do things on purpose.

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