"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ...Thoreau
Why AVID Works
- AVID accelerates students into more rigorous courses.
- AVID incorporates the intensive support students need to succeed in rigorous courses.
- AVID uses Socratic methods and study groups that specifically target the needs of the student.
- AVID is a school-wide initiative, not a school within a school. AVID works to influence the belief system and culture of the entire school.
- The role of teacher is redefined from lecturer to advocate and guide. The role of counselor changes to facilitator.
- All AVID strategies are based on research on tracking and peer influences in student achievement.
The AVID Elective Class
The elective class is the foundation of AVID. Students are enrolled in a college preparatory sequence and in an elective section of AVID where they receive the academic and motivational support to excel. During the AVID class, students are coached by college tutors and work in collaborative groups using a curriculum focused on writing and inquiry.
Other days are devoted to reading, writing, and math preparation and study skills for college entrance and placement exams. Students also receive college level mini-courses taught by college professors, motivational presentations by guest speakers, and field trips to colleges and businesses.
AVID Teaching Strategies (WICR)
- Writing to learn. AVID emphasizes writing in all subjects, with a focus on clarifying and communicating their thoughts and understanding material.
- Emphasis on inquiry. AVID is based on inquiry, not lecture. Many activities, from Cornell note-taking to tutorial groups, are built around asking questions, which forces students to clarify, analyze, and synthesize material.
- A collaborative approach. The AVID classroom is not a traditional one in which a teacher lectures to passive students. An AVID teacher is a facilitator and an advocate. But students, not teachers or tutors, are responsible for their learning. Tutors function as discussion leaders, while students challenge, help, and learn from one another.
- Critical reading. AVID students don't merely read words on a page. They are taught to analyze, question, critique, clarify, and comprehend the material.
- Mathematics. In AVID, Math instruction has a strong writing and vocabulary/reading component. Mathematicians, like everyone else, write about their ideas, their discoveries, and their understanding of one another's work. Students who attain mastery of mathematics qualify for college entry, college success, and post-college academic and career opportunities.
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