Friday, September 24, 2010

Agenda: Week of Sept. 20 - 24, 2010

Quote of the Week: "Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others that clarifies and expands a vision of the future." - Edwin H. Friedman

Monday - Mr. Duez was out with illness.  The substitute helped the students work on their goal of the week and they composed a letter to a current teacher.

Tuesday - Tutoring

Wed/Thu - Tutoring & then students looked at the Texas Common Application online and we also discussed scholarships.

Friday - Students will get two handouts - the 3 Level House to help with tutoring questions and the Texas Common Ap recommendation letter that is sent to teachers.  This way they can see it and understand how the process works.

We will also see two inspirational videos from the Honda Film series.  They are both 10 minutes in length.
1. Success v. Failure
2. Dreams v. Nightmares

Friday, September 17, 2010

Free PSAT, SAT, and ACT Help for Humble ISD Students

Great for PSAT, ACT, or SAT help.
It's free.
I have a saying, "If it's FREE, it's for me.  If it's FREE, I'll take 3!"

Free Online Codes

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Agenda: Week of 9/13/2010 to 9/17/2010

Quote of the Day:  "Texans 34 - Colts 24"

Monday - 
1.  ePrep student information & AVID Student Information form (for those students too confused, lazy, or unfocused to have already completed the online form).
2.  Socratic Seminar on "Study Habits" NYTimes article.
3.  Mr. Duez will walk around and do a quick binder check for all.

Tuesday - 

Wed/Thu - 
TUTORING first 1/2 of the period

Friday -
We will work on the college handouts that the students had while there was a sub last week.  We will work on identifying a list of 5 colleges to apply to and understanding the deadline.
We will also do a "Survival" team building exercise.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

College Night - Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Humble ISD College Night is Wednesday, October 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center. There will be over 150 colleges and universities in attendance for this event.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Princeton Review - Free Assessment of SAT/ACT Oct. 2, 2010 @ AHS

The Princeton Review Assessment

The Princeton Review Assessment (PRA) is a test created by The Princeton Review to expose you to both the SAT and ACT. It's  a measurement tool that can help you determine if you would score higher on the SAT or ACT.

Why was the PRA created?

The majority of colleges and universities accept either the SAT or the ACT.  But the two tests are quite different. Your testing strengths may be better suited for the style and format of one test over the other. But, tradition and geography have created “SAT Country” and “ACT Country” where the other test is just not taken (and in some cases not even known about).
To shed some light on each test, we created the PRA to give you the chance to “meet” both the SAT and ACT in less than four hours. The PRA has seven 25-minute sections and one 30-minute SAT essay section.

Why should I take it?

Most people don't take the SAT or ACT for fun. They take these tests to get a score that will get them into the best college. If you knew that you could score higher on one test over the other, wouldn’t you want to show colleges that score? Of course, the PRA will help you find the right test for you.
When is the PRA?

October 2, 2010
Atascocita High School
9:00am – 1:00pm
Cafeteria – enter from bus drop off area.  (Back of cafeteria)
Cost: FREE

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Our 2010 Fall AVID T-Shirts

Ms. Wagner did a great job with these.  If you want one, they are $10.  We need the money by Sept. 24th.  Pay Mr. Duez.

What do you think of them?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Agenda: Week of 9/7/2010 to 9/10/2010

Quote of the Week:  "Whether you think you can, or think you can't.  You are right."  - Henry Ford

Monday - Labor Day - no school
Tuesday - Tutoring
Wed/Thu - Tutoring for first 50 min.  Then students will be working on organizing their binders.  We will grade them on Friday.
Fri - Students will read an article on learning and also see a video clip about a charter school.

NY Times Article:
Research Upends Traditional Thinking About School
This article will help students realize some new study methods based on research.

Video Clip from 60 Minutes:
60 Minutes correspondent Byron Pitts reports on the SEED school, the first urban, public boarding school.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Agenda: Week of August 30, 2010-Sept. 3, 2010

Quote of the Week:  "Even if  you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Roy Rogers

Avid students in both Junior and Senior classes will work on college choice guides from AVID's College & Career curriculum.
They will also work on the college essay in class.  They will receive the AVID college essay rubric.
Our college essays will be due on Friday, Sept. 17th (Test grade).

Our new tutors arrive.
Tutors and students will introduce themselves to each other.  We will tutor for 1/2 the period.

Tutoring for the 1st half of the period.  We will not grade tutoring this week.  Tutors and students are still getting back into the swing of things.
Second half of the period will be focused on reviewing their answers to the College & Career curriculum and writing a letter to AVID underclassmen.

Guest speaker in Blue LGI (4th will be in Mr. Duez's classroom).  Former FBI agent will discuss her life.