Friday, August 27, 2010

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Agenda: Friday, August 27, 2010


Friday's Agenda:

1.  Discuss Cornell Notes.  We'll watch this video (embedded here from Youtube).

2.  Binder setup.  AVID seniors will create their system and put it to paper.  We'll watch this inspirational video:

3.  Get into tutoring groups and check over each of their binders or organizational plans.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Agenda: Wednesday & Thursday August 25 and 26, 2010

During Block days this week we will do two things:

Teambuilding Towers
Organizing study groups for advanced classes

The teambuilding towers are going to be made from magazines, styrofome cups, straws, spaghetti noodles, tape, paper clips and a piece of poster board.  Each group will have about 15 minutes to construct their towers.  The ones that are the tallest and MOST stable will win.  Fabulous prizes to the winning team!

Study groups will be very important this week.  We'll spend some time in them today and also on Friday so that we can find friends that are in the same advanced classes and get some help and advice.  We'll start tutoring next Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Agenda: Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010

Today we will discuss binders, cornell notes, tutoring and AVID strategies for the first 10 minutes.  We'll partner someone knew to AVID with an experienced person as a mentor.

Then we are going to do 1 minute speeches.  A student will stand before the class with two anchor people behind them for support.  When they are finished talking the anchor person will move up and someone from the class will move back to anchor.  The student has 1 minute.  We will keep time. 

The student can discuss:
1) Name
2) What honors/AP/Dual credit classes they are taking.
3) What college choice they are interested in applying to.
4) What they are looking forward to this school year.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Welcome Back to AVID

Quote of the Day:  "Begin with the end in mind."

1.  Attendance and Welcome back.  Expectations for junior or senior year.
2.  Summer story.  Best thing that happened this summer?
3.  VIDEO:  AVID Advice from Aidan.  My son Aidan starts kindergarten today.  We sat down for an interview over the weekend and he had advice for high school students.  You know, because he is the expert! 
4.  Binders!  Seniors have senior privilege and we will discuss how they can create their own organization system.  (But they will be graded on whatever they come up with and we are going to stick to it.  These are due on Friday.)
4.  Seniors and Juniors will be writing personal letters to freshmen AVID Students.  These letters will give advice on how to be successful in AVID and in high school.  We'll deliver this to 6th and 7th period AVID classes at the end of this week or beginning of next.

2 Truths and a Lie.  :)
Each student will explain two things about them that are hard to believe, but true.  And they will also mix in a lie about themselves.  Then we will try to figure out which is the lie.  A great way to get to know each other.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Service Hour Opportunity

This came from our awesome Superintendent of Schools - Guy Sconzo.  He is asking for volunteers for the event on Thursday, August 26th through Saturday, August 28th.  If you can commit some time and would like to volunteer for any of the times, please email me and I will get your name to Dr. Sconzo.

Our Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce can really use student volunteers for this event and any help they can get on Thursday, August 26th through Saturday, August 28th will be GREATLY appreciated! This Wellness Run will take place at Kings Harbor in Kingwood.
Keep in mind how important these service hours are for things like National Honor Society, college applications and scholarships.
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