I just got back from a training on AVID. If you work with kids from a low socioeconomic strata, you either have or will have heard of it. AVID focuses on college readiness and habits. It boasts of graduating a number of seniors to colleges every year. For that reason, AVID is good in my opinion.
Where AVID falls into suspicion with me is when it starts putting extra expectations on kids who are already struggling academically.
As teachers, we should pay attention to this so our kids dont get overwhelmed. This requires ALL our sensitivity, wit, and candor. One way to be true to that and sensitive to the way AVID is presented is to pay attention to our own level of stress as well as our students. How can we be sensitive to the needs of others, nsmely our students, until we are in touch with and fortifying our own?
Its important to practice stress relieving activities if you have medical issues. For example, if you have TMJ you are grinding your teeth too much. If you have high blood pressure you need to get yourself to a doctor and get it down. What good is a “type A” personality teacher to any child if she/he has a stroke.
I have grown to love the idea of relaxation as a teacher as well as to despise with a passion the type A trainers like the ones I had at AVID and that school districts seem to praise the most.
The question is not how many things you can train a child to do but rather are the ghings you train a chold to do relevant to a tranquil, happy, real life?
I’m asking YOU teachers out there, are you taking time for you? Perhaps you have lost track of how you once did it. You are not a year round contracted employee. You work about 185 days a year. That leaves a lot if time to relax and “gel.”
As you take time to relax, you become stronger for your students and thereby stronger for your boss, bosses, State, and the tax paying families that are all expecting things from you, like AVID.
You’ll do way more with any program if your physical body feels good. So you dare to be a psycho type A, big deal. I dare you to gel Ms/Mrs/Mr Teacher.