AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination and that perfectly describes my students. To be in our AVID program, they must take the initiative to apply, pass an interview, and write an essay explaining how they have individual determination to not only be college bound, but to learn skills in high school to be successful college students and to be successful in their chosen career. Most students will be first-generation college students, and many are also still trying to recovery from Hurricane Harvey. These kids are hungry to learn!
My students come from a variety of backgrounds and have faced many adversities that most adults could only imagine. Unfortunately, they are not exposed to many books or stories that are relatable to them and the situations that they have faced.
The book "We Beat the Streets" will allow my students to read about and discuss in our AVID classroom students who are similar to them who succeeded through adversity, and how they were able to achieve it.
We will use the book to also put into practice strategies that we learn in our AVID Elective class, such as preparing for and participating in whole group discussion in the form of Socratic Seminars, jigsawing and focused note taking for taking notes and small group discussion, and will write a personal refection to help them form short and long term SMART goals.
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