Originally Published: March 22, 2015 4:31 p.m.
Granville Elementary school is looking forward to adding the many aspects of AVID (Advanced Placement Via Individual Determination) Elementary on campus via adoption in the 2015-16 school year. Granville has already begun to implement the strategies of AVID on campus this year.
The fifth- and sixth-grade levels at Granville are departmentalized, meaning students change classes for specific subjects. With the implementation of note-taking strategies students develop true ownership and independence in their ability to house materials, access resources, and retain information as the year progresses.
Students create subject dividers for Parent Information, Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. They customize the binder covers to allow a unique expression of themselves. The binders are being used to update tasks of the day/week using a buddy checks system.
After sufficient instruction and modeling, students determine which section of the binder is most logical for storing items and reach a class consensus to maintain continuity.
Specific note-taking strategies are introduced and practiced, allowing students to determine which strategies best help them mentally organize and retrieve information. Charts, notes, and vocabulary are accessed during class or homework to emphasize knowing where to find, and how to use, reference materials.
At the conclusion of a project, students determine what should be kept for future reference and what can be eliminated to avoid clutter. Students have the option to implement additional sections to maintain materials for extra classes or activities such as Resource, Honors, Science Explorers, Drama, etc. to maintain a central housing system.
The benefits to the students are ownership of their education. Empowerment and confidence are immediately evident as students come to class prepared and ready to access whatever information is needed. Students learn to develop logical categorization of materials and real life applications for record-keeping are made. They become more equipped to offer peer support and communicate their activities with parents. The stress of lost materials and wasted time searching is minimized. Students with learning disabilities are better supported by teachers, peers, and support staff because of consistent access to materials.
For more information, call 928-759-4800 or visit www.humboldtunified.com.