Cornell Corner

McNair's Avid Newsletter

The Digital Companion (AVID Binder)

We are about to end the first semester of our school year, but I'm sure we are all thinking of ways we want to make the next semester better. January is the closest opportunity we will get to a fresh (new) start. New starts are going to be imperitive for some of us in order to maintain order and keep our sanity. This News Letter is to just keep us updated on ways to use the Cornell Way in our classes.
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How are you using the AVID Binder in your classrooms? I would love to showcase some teachers in the next newsletter! But until then let me give you a few suggestions.

  1. When you pass out homework, graded assignments, or handouts that are to go home to parents give the students a cue about where to place those assignments in their binders.
  2. Binder Checks. Make it a weekly or biweekly routine to check to see if students are carrying their binders and for the important things that you have asked your students to place in their binders.
  3. Each content area should have a checklist for Binder Checks.

Professional Fridays

Friday, Jan. 8th 2016 at 8am

3221 Mastin Lake Road Northeast

Huntsville, AL

The AVID students will start dressing up for their professions on Fridays. There is a word document that has been sent to the McNair Staff. This document was created last year when we had a uniform policy, yet the students should still follow suit with the guidelines. The AVID students will have a name tag that they will wear to identify them. This is one of the ways we want to promote the AVID program so that more students will be interested.
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Interactions with our Cornell Notes

I am sure that many of you are already doing this, but let's make sure we are making intentional multiple interactions with our Cornell Notes. Ask the students to circle key terms, highlight information, and summarize how any question that you have asked in the right side of the notes is related to the Essential Question. You could also use your Cornell Notes as the text from which you base your Do Now questions.