Mrs. Corpuz - AVID Grade 7 & 8
My name is Sommer Corpuz and I am the AVID Coordinator and Elective teacher for grades 7 & 8 here at Kea'au Middle School. I have been a teacher here since 2001 and absolutely love it. I was born and raised in Hilo. I attended University of Hawaii at Hilo and graduated with a Bachelors in Liberal Studies, a Minor in Hawaiian Studies, and my teaching certificate.
AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. To read more about AVID’s mission, visit: http://www.avid.org/abo_mission.html
The AVID elective is the key element for the AVID program. The AVID program is aimed at directing students to a college-bound path. This will be done by teaching organizational skills, developing the learning process with critical thinking skills, and holding tutorials weekly. We will also be visiting colleges and doing community service and team building exercises to help the student set future goals that they can achieve. The AVID curriculum is driven by the WICOR method, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading. The AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes and also in content-area classes in AVID schools.
Binders: Students will be expected to keep a 2” three ring binder with planner (HSN), pencil pouch and all the notes and materials from their other classes. They will learn how to organize the binder, which will be checked every Monday. Within the binder, they will take Cornell Style notes, which will organize their review material and their thoughts/learning.
Cornell Notes: Students will learn to take Cornell style notes in all of their classes, which will help them to organize their material. By reviewing and revising their notes, students will be better prepared for their assignments and test/s. Cornell notes will be checked daily.
LEARNING LOGS: Students will reflect on their learning daily by completing learning log for homework. Learning logs identify the skills and concepts learned in all of their classes, how they learned it, and what they still may need help in.
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: Students will engage in activities designed to develop the learning process. These activities include writing assignments, Socratic Seminars, philosophical chairs, group problem solving and in class projects. Students will also work on goal setting and creating a plan of how to achieve their goals.
TUTORIALS: Once a week, students will be expected to bring specific questions from their other classes, and will work together in groups to solve them. Ideally, in addition to the instructor, there will be two or three tutors to guide students through this problem-solving process. Tutors will not be handing out answers, but will help the students find the answers themselves.
COLLEGE AND CAREER EXPLORATION: Students will begin to explore different colleges and careers they might be interested in.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Each student will be required to plan and complete a variety of community service projects throughout the school year.
GRADING POLICY: AVID grades are based on weekly assignments, such as, binder checks, tutorial request forms, Cornell notes, collaborative AVID projects and AVID curriculum assignments. Students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 G.P.A in order to stay enrolled in the AVID program.
- Grades are based on the total points earned in the class.
- Missed work needs to be made up, or it will be a zero. It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher or study buddy for missed work.
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