The weeks in AVID are very structured. Every Tuesday and Thursday students run student-led tutorials(or collaborative study groups). The other days of the week students are taught a curriculum that focuses on WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading) strategies. These strategies should support student learning in core classes.
Each semester of AVID our students go on at least one field trip to a college campus. By exposing students to authentic college experiences our hope is that students will be motivated and more confident about ending up on a college campus. Our four-year college visit circuit is:
AVID 1: Northern Illinois University & Benedictine Univerisity
AVID 2: Northwestern University & University of Illinois at Chicago
AVID 3: DePaul University & our annual OVERNIGHT field trip: Eastern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois State University, and Illinois Wesleyan
AVID 4: Lake Forest College & Northeastern Illinois University/Career Trek at Coyote Logistics
AVID invites two speakers per month to come and talk to students about their careers, and the experiences that lead them to their career path. Each grade level invites different speakers. The graphic on the left shows some examples of whom we have had come in as a speaker. If you are interested in sharing your story with an AVID class, please reach out to: [email protected]
On Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, students are responsible for bringing a completed a Tutorial Request Form (TRF) to class. A TRF is a sheet where students write down a question they have from a different class they are taking. They can use homework problems, quizzes, test questions, or something they just want more clarification on. Once they bring that to class, they present their questions to a study group of 5-7 students and a tutor. The group then discusses the question hoping to lead the student to develop the right answer to his/her question. Students are responsible for bringing these to class twice a week. By participating in these study groups, our students develop critical thinking skills, learn to collaborate, and develop resilience to work through tough problems and find answers to the questions they seek.
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