AVID

Yellow representation of person throwing cap: School Logo - Racing to the top: Advancement Via Individual DeterminationAVID's mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.


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Writing

Writing is:
• A learning tool
• A personal and public communication tool
• A record of thinking
Students who write:
• Consider audience and purpose
• Engage in various writing processes to address specific situations
• Support their thinking
• Demonstrate understanding
The AVID Curriculum supports writing through the use of:
• Cornell note-taking
• Learning logs
• Quick writes and reflections
• Process writing
• Peer Evaluation
• Authentic writing


Inquiry


Inquiry is:
• Uncovering one’s understanding
• Asking critical questions
• Engaging in thinking, learning, and discussion
Students who inquire:
• Analyze and synthesize material or ideas
• Clarify their own thinking
• Probe other’s thinking
• Work through ambiguity
The AVID curriculum supports inquiry through the use of:
• Skilled questioning techniques
• Costa’s Levels of Thinking
• Socratic Seminars
• Tutorials
• Investigations
• Questions that guide research


Collaboration


Collaboration is:
• Teamwork with shared responsibility
• Sharing of ideas, information, and options
• Formal and informal discussions
Students who collaborate:
• Work together toward a common goal
• Develop positive interdependence
• Work in focused study groups
• Support the learning of others through inquiry
The AVID curriculum supports collaboration through the use of:
• Socratic Seminars
• Tutorials
• Philosophical Chairs
• Group activities and projects
• Peer editing groups
• Service learning projects


Organization


Organization is:
• Managing materials and practicing methodical study habits
• Planning and prioritizing school, work, and social tasks
• Engaging in mental preparation and goal-setting
• Strategically and intentionally taking responsibility for one’s own learning
Students who organize:
• Develop and use processes, procedures, and tools to study effectively
• Manage their time through prioritizing and goal-setting
• Are prepared for courses, participate during instruction, and interact with instructors
• Self-direct, self-evaluate, self-monitor, and self-advocate
The AVID curriculum supports organization through the use of:
• Binders and organizational tools
• Calendars, planners, and agendas
• Graphic organizers
• A focused note-taking system
• Tutorials and study groups
• Project planning and SMART goals


Reading


Reading is:
• Strategically gaining meaning, understanding, and knowledge from print and other media
• Purpose driven
• Interactive
Students who read:
• Understand text structures
• Apply prior knowledge and make connections to other text, self, and world
• Make predictions and ask questions
• Create visual images as they read
The AVID curriculum supports reading through the use of:
• Deep reading strategies
• Note-taking
• Graphic Organizers
• Vocabulary building
• Summarizing
• Reciprocal Reading

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