Students learn at different paces, some absorb information quickly, or some analyze more efficiently more than his/her classmates, which are some ingredients of becoming a leader. Others poor performance can be attributed with a certain period of time when they either don’t feel like doing school activities and task, or many there are many more reasons behind?
Teachers cannot always be there for their students, and parents cannot always be present, so sometimes the evaluation on their performance and behavior may not show its true reason. Of course unless communication lines are open between student and teachers or parents and children. But what if they aren’t?
For example, a teacher can see performance of the student based on their scores in tests, the way they answer in discussions and observations when they interact with other students. A student may not be open in terms of emotions or situations in life, but when it affects their school performance and their possible studies in college, something has to be done.
A program named Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) is not your ordinary kind of program; it makes learning and education more personal. This is a good example of many other education programs that would make students from average to exceptional.
According to Linda Shaw of Seattle Times Education, AVID helps students become achievers in school and college from being a student with no vision and more laziness. The formula is getting personal, and sometimes, tough love. The aim of the program is more than to make an achiever out of every student, but a more prepared individual who is ready to go beyond comfort zones and explore new things.
To quote from the article:”Average students shine with help from AVID program” by Linda Shaw;
“AVID is one of many programs aimed at motivating lackluster students and closing the gap in achievement between middle-class students and those from poorer families. The program also is one of the oldest and has a strong track record.
AVID reports that close to 80 percent of its seniors are accepted at four-year colleges.”
With the aim of closing the education gap between students from the low-income families and the middle class, AVID is one of the strong programs that promote holistic learning. Students should learn that taking up a challenge, especially in school, would be good training because life after school has a load of challenges in every aspect of life. Better get ready than sorry.