As adults we can all remember times in our school years when we were not prepared for a test, or thought we did an adequate job studying but did poorly anyway.
For some of us we look back and chuckle at the memory of a messy desk and wonder how we ever found anything in there. We can all recall that interesting teacher who provided so much wonderful information, but little instruction on how to record it or recall it later.
Well, for elementary students in Springdale, these problems are being solved. Enthusiastic students have embraced a new rigorous program: AVID Elementary. Students in grades three through six are learning strategies that help put an end to disorganization and being unprepared. Equipped with essential skills, they are developing into successful learners. Mrs. Sulgrove, Ms. Gearhart, and Mrs. Zollman were the first elementary teachers to be trained and to implement the program. Ms. Welch and Mr. Gilmore joined in at the start of the school year.
Springdale Elementary is a school that always strives for the best. Therefore when the opportunity to be one of the up-and-coming elementary schools in the area to have an AVID Elementary program, they jumped at the chance.
The AVID acronym stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. Most people are acquainted with AVID at the middle and high school levels. At the secondary levels AVID is offered as an elective. AVID has been in the Springdale Middle and High school for three years now. The elementary program has a much different approach. It’s designed with all students in mind.
AVID Elementary provides all students with a number of skills and strategies that enable them to be successful students. They learn how to properly use and maintain a daily planner to keep assignments and activities organized. Also, students learn how to take different styles of notes and then how to use that information for assignments or assessments is explicitly taught. They learn how to write reflectively about their learning through journals, learning logs, and reflective summaries. Being involved in purposeful group projects, study groups, and working with study buddies are collaboration skills students are attaining.
The most important part of the program is that students are learning how to take responsibility for their own learning. Teachers observe that as students obtain these skills they become increasingly more responsible for assignments and their own learning. Springdale Elementary students are proud to be AVID students as they know these skills will help put them on top.
Submitted by Darci Zollman and Becky Gearhart, Springdale Elementary
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Springdale Elementary is one of the first elementary schools in the area to implement the AVID program targeted toward 3rd through 6th grade students.