AAT501: Avid Tut (2014-2015)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: AVID
COURSE TITLE: AVID Tutor
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The AVID tutor takes an active part in developing the academic and personal strength of AVID students. The AVID tutor becomes thoroughly grounded in AVID strategies (WICOR: writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading). The AVID tutor will learn and facilitate each stage of the AVID tutorial and the inquiry learning process
Major Instructional Activities: The AVID tutor will facilitate the AVID collaborative tutorial process by: • Checking Cornell Notes and Tutorial Request Forms. • Coaching a tutorial group (max 7:1 student: tutor ratio). • Supporting the student presenter by taking three-column notes to model strategies for the group members. • Encouraging all students to take three-column notes for all presenters’ questions. • Facilitating the group by pushing the thinking of all students to a higher level through inquiry. • Checking the presenter’s and group members’ understanding of point of confusion.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Tutors will receive 16 hours of training in AVID methodologies, with a focus on inquiry and the AVID collaborative tutorial process. The training is a collaborative process outlined in the AVID Tutorial Guide and includes feedback from the AVID teacher and AVID tutor’s self-reflections. Tutors will be evaluated on their performance using
Course Objectives: • Organize and reinforce their thinking using tools such as tools graphic organizers, learning logs, reflections and focused note-taking. • Use Costa’s Levels of Thinking to generate higher level questions and facilitate collaborative discussions such as Philosophical Chairs, Socratic Seminars and other structures for collaboration. • Facilitate problem-solving collaborative study groups, demonstrate leadership skills and use technology to facilitate collaboration when appropriate.