We have been busy in our AVID classes at Campus Middle School!
6th graders spent several weeks in February studying Philosophical Chairs. These are unique debate-style activities in which students examined a controversial topic and then discussed it with their peers. Some of our topics included whether young people should drink caffeine and if the minimum wage should be raised. The students read several articles using the Marking the Text strategy to dig deeper into the information. They also watched short news segments about the topics. During the Philosophical Chairs all students had the opportunity to share their opinions and the reasoning behind the side of the argument they chose to support. They did a fabulous job! To prepare for the quickly approaching TCAP tests we have switched gears and are working on test taking strategies and preparation.
7th graders just finished a set of in class stations focused on test taking. The stations allowed students to identify and reflect on particular problems they have when it comes to preparing for and taking tests. Students then explored various solutions to combat these problems they identified to help them improve their own test preparation and test performance. 7th graders also discovered different test taking strategies for different types of exams (multiple choice, true/false, short answer, etc.).
8th graders just finished a set of in class stations focused on preparing for high school. Students were given time to identify and reflect on personal challenges they are experiencing in school now. They then utilized a book from Cherry Creek High School, the Study It Handout: CCHS Study Skills, to research new strategies and tools for them to try as students now. These stations reinforced the importance of being an active learner and the importance of testing our understanding of material in classes and while studying.
7th grade students will begin looking at what key elements are needed in a public speaking setting and what it means to be an active listener.
8th grade students will explore what skills are essential for a speaker to build to help deliver a speech.
Attention: The CMS AVID Parent and Student night for March 13th, 2014 has been CANCELLED.
Save the Date: End of Year AVID Celebration, May 22nd, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. CMS cafeteria
If you have any questions about the AVID program at CMS, please contact Colleen Sanderlin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Have a wonderful month of March!