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AVID Standards

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									AVID Standards
Colin Powell Academy for Success
An AVID National Demonstration School
Standard 1 – Cornell Notes

Grade 3: Students will take Cornell Notes, as modeled by Ms. Smith, in order to gain understanding of new information in History and Science. Grade 4: Students will take Cornell Notes, as modeled by Ms. Avalos, in order to gain understanding of new information in History and Science. Students will use their notes to study for tests. Grade 5: Students will take Cornell Notes in History and Science, as modeled by Ms. Martinez, and use their notes to study for tests. Students will acquire notes from lectures, videos, textbooks, etc… Grades 6/7/8: A) Students will take Cornell Notes in all of their academic classes and use these notes to complete assignments and study for exams. All notes must have a proper heading, a question section on the left-hand side that directly relates to the information on the right-hand side, and a concise summary section that shows that the student understands the information in their notes. Students may include a “confusion triangle” to jot down difficult concepts so that they can seek additional assistance. B) Students will learn and use note-taking skills such as proper spacing, outlining, abbreviating, highlighting, and drawing of diagrams/graphic organizers to make their notes more organized and understandable. C) Students will gather notes from lectures, presentations, videos, guest speakers, textbooks, reference materials, and the Internet. Standard 2 – Binders/Organization Grade 3: Students will use a 3-ring binder for History and Science, as modeled by Ms. Smith, to learn how to organize their notes and school supplies. Students will have their binders checked by an AVID/peer tutor every month. Grade 4: Students will use a 3-ring binder for History and Science, as modeled by Ms. Smith, to learn how to organize their notes and school supplies. Students will have their binders checked by an AVID/peer tutor every other week. Grade 5: Students will use a 3-ring binder for History and Science, as modeled by Ms. Smith, to learn how to organize their notes and school supplies. Students will have their binders checked by an AVID/peer tutor every week. Grades 6/7/8: Students will maintain a 2½” to 3” binder for all academic subjects. These binders will be checked weekly by an AVID tutor and will be scored on the following items: daily planner, age-appropriate novel, organization, and Cornell Notes. Students must score a 54/60, at minimum, each week to be considered proficient in their organizational skills. Students

can obtain bonus points on their binder checks for coming up with new organizational ideas, individuality, creativity, etc… as determined by the teacher/AVID tutor. Standard 3 – Tutorials Grade 6/7/8: A) Students will prepare 2 questions prior to each tutorial based on topics or questions from their academic classes. (Students may NOT ask a question for which they already know the answer.) All questions must be at least a level 3(application) on Bloom’s Taxonomy or have a follow-up question which is, at minimum, a level 3. Math questions must have all work shown up to the point of frustration for the student. B) Students must actively participate in the tutorial sessions by presenting their questions and assisting their peers. Students may NOT tell another student the answer to a question. They may ONLY ask leading questions. (Use the “Tutorial Tutorial” Sheet for assistance.) C) Students must complete the summary section of their “Tutorial Request Form” using high-level thinking and writing skills. Standard 4 – Personal Responsibility/Motivation Grade 3: Students will learn about responsibility and motivation from Ms. Smith. They will show responsibility and motivation by coming to school prepared and by doing all of their class work and homework. Grade 4: Students will learn the “Levels of Personal Responsibility” and show that they are, at least, “Level 2 – Supervised Participation”. Students will also do a presentation on what “Motivation” means to them and show that they are motivated by coming to school prepared and by doing their class work and homework Grade 5: Students will learn the “Levels of Personal Responsibility” and will demonstrate, at minimum, “Level 3 - Casual Self-Direction” during class and within the school community. Students will show that they are motivated to succeed in class by coming to school prepared, participating in class, and by completing their class work and homework every day. Grades 6/7/8: A) Students will learn the “Levels of Personal Responsibility” and will demonstrate, at minimum, “Level 4 - Consistent SelfDirection” during class and within in the school community. B) Students will demonstrate motivation by becoming a well-rounded student. This includes maintaining grades of “C” or higher in ALL classes, meeting all of the AVID standards in their AVID class, and participating in at least one extracurricular activity during the school year.

C) Students and their parent/guardian will sign the AVID agreement after reviewing the AVID Standards and deciding that they agree to meet or exceed these standards. D) Students will be determined, hard working, and assertive in achieving success in school. Standard 5 – Community Service All Grades: Students will perform community service throughout the school year and maintain a community service log to document their experiences. The number of hours each student will dedicate to their community will be based on the grade they are in. (i.e. 3rd grade = 3 hours, 4th grade = 4 hours, etc…) Standard 6 – Writing Grades 6/7/8: Students will become proficient writers in various genres through lessons and assignments using both process and timed writing on topics related to education, character development, academics, colleges, and careers. Students will use various resources such as teacher instruction, dictionaries, thesauruses, and computer programs to improve their vocabulary, spelling, and grammar skills. Students will compete in the AVID Write-Off in February. Standard 7 – Collaboration Grades 3/4/5: When working collaboratively, students will remain on task, make positive contributions to the group, give 100% effort, use appropriate voices, and help others at all times. Grades 6/7/8: When working collaboratively, students will remain on task, make positive contributions to the group, give 100% effort, use appropriate voices, and help others at all times. Students will also participate in collaborative study groups to complete assignments and/or projects, homework, and prepare for upcoming exams. Standard 8 – Inquiry Grades 6/7/8: Students will use inquiry skills, in all classes, by taking Cornell Notes, asking important questions of their teachers and peers, and by using “Bloom’s Levels of Questioning” to expand their thinking and create tutorial questions. Standard 9 - Reading

Grades 6/7/8: AVID students will read thought-provoking text, interact with the text using highlighting and other markings, and collaborate with peers and adults for deeper understanding of the text. Students will respond to the text using writing, debates, and Socratic Seminars. Students will read and respond to one novel and three additional pieces of literature (i.e. short stories, poems, periodical entries, etc…) each trimester. Standard 10 - Presentations Grades 3/4: Students will present on a topic in front of the class using visuals and loud and clear voices. Grade 5: Students will present on a topic in front of the class using Microsoft PowerPoint. Grades 6/7/8: Students will present to their class and other classes on various topics throughout the year. Students will use visuals such as posters, props, and technological programs to captivate their audiences. Standard 11 – Technology/Research


								
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