The week started out with me being absent for two days; I was attending an Expository Reading and Writing Course training which I know my students will love. They did a great job with the guest teachers in my class!
This week in AVID started with taking symbolism to the next level. I had students choose a partner and then research a well-known symbol, turning it into a poster to present to the class. The students needed to pick a symbol, identify its literal meaning (what are we really looking at?) and its figurative meaning (what meaning have we, as people, attached to this shape?). We're not quite done with the posters yet, so we'll be revisiting them next week.
On Tuesday, my students jumped into an article that talked about how most students need more than four years of college in order to graduate. This was an important article because the majority of students these days take more than four years to graduate due to a variety of different reasons. My students enjoyed this eye-opening article and the reasons why students may take longer to graduate. I even shared my college experience, which was seven years in the making. They were very interested in my story, switching from being a radio-TV-film major, to English, then, finally, to Child and Adolescent Development. We also talked about how it may be a good idea to get your gen ed (general education) units out of the way through a junior college before transferring to a four-year university; it's the same education, just more or less expensive depending on where you go.
Questions for the drive home and dinner table:-What did you learn at the Keith Hawkins assembly?
-How did your book club meeting go on Friday? What did you like about the conversation and process?
-How does the point of view of a story affect it? How would "The Three Little Pigs" be different if the big, bad wolf told the story?