Thursday
Oct152015

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me

By Pamela Good, Program Manager, AVID Elementary, AVID Western Division

Have you ever read an article or seen a news story about a school that is doing amazing work with its students—achieving outstanding results, forming community connections, and inspiring its educators—and you finish this story with a smile on your face, but are often left wondering, “Well, how did they do that? I want to try it.” Hearing about a school’s success is quite different from seeing it and being able to ask those folks how they’re helping their students succeed. AVID Showcases are designed to help you do exactly that.

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Thursday
Oct082015

If You Could Walk in My Shoes…

By Apryl Riley, AVID Elective Teacher and Site Coordinator, Harlan Community Academy High School

It’s always hard getting to know your students right away. You have a few who are comfortable telling you every detail of their life (sometimes too comfortable), and others who you can’t get more than a “Hi” from. Eventually, a majority of them come around, and you have an awesome community in your classroom that builds success. Last year, I welcomed a new batch of AVID freshmen after saying goodbye to my lovely seniors. After being with them for four years, it was an adjustment for me getting used to new faces, quirks, and personalities. As always, we know that it’s an adjustment for incoming ninth graders, as well, so I did what any awesome AVID teacher would do: tons and tons and tons of team and community building activities.

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Thursday
Oct012015

AVID Making Headlines: A Recap of Recent News

There are great things happening every day in the AVID World – here are some that made headlines recently! For more news coverage of AVID, visit our In the News section of AVID.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday
Sep292015

When Are We Going to Use This in Real Life?

By Mike Mozingo, Program Manager, AVID Center

As an algebra teacher, I was often faced with the question, “When are we going to use this in the real world?” In fact, many students took great delight in telling me that their parents told them that they never used algebra after high school. I respectfully told them that although their parents may have never solved an equation on paper after high school, they still used the critical thinking skills that they learned in their math classes.

When I became an AVID Elective teacher, I was faced with the same question whenever I asked students to fill out a Tutorial Request Form (TRF).

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Tuesday
Sep222015

The Power of Texting

By Haley Trost, Signal Vine

Sifting through the replies and forwards and requests begging for attention in my inbox is practically a full-time job these days. To keep up with my actual full-time job, I don’t always give due diligence to the emails steadily piling up—and I’m not the only one suffering from email fatigue. It turns out that a mere 3% of students use email daily. So my question is: Why do we continue blasting emails to students when we know that they, like many of us, aren’t really engaged? Yes, email is easy. Email is fast. But so is text messaging! And compared to that measly 3% of daily emailers, a whopping 90%+ of students are texting every single day. Because students actually read and respond to texts, texting is an incredibly powerful and flexible tool for influencing student behaviors. We need to start meeting students where they’re at—on their phones.

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