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When Are We Going to Use This in Real Life?

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. Read More...

Are you Accomplishing Your Hidden Objectives?
By Craig McKinney, AVID Staff Developer
In many cases—perhaps most—we gauge our classroom experiences not by what we are teaching but by what our students are learning or doing. Teachers who want to make the learning clear to students do so by informing them of the learning objectives for a particular lesson or for a unit as a whole. Click to read more...

Mindfulness Meets AVID
By Kristen Larson, AVID Elective Teacher

I am proud to say our school district has gone in a holistic direction by investing in our students and staff by hiring a mindfulness specialist. Having this resource has transformed how I approach the classroom, my students, and my life. I had heard of mindfulness and done a yoga class here and there, but I really had no idea what the term actually meant and how powerful it could be. So, I was curious and thought I would see how we, as an AVID class, could tap into this new resource. Click to read more...

5 Things Every School Counselor Wants You To Know
By Eric Blanco, CASC President 2016–2017, School Counselor, Ernest Righetti High School

Happy National School Counseling Week 2017! The goal of this week is to “focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.” In the spirit of the week, here are the top 5 things that I believe every school counselor wants you to know—whether you’re a student, parent, or fellow educator. Click to read more...