When middle school students turn their grades from D’s to A’s, it shows their teachers that Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) boosts kids’ learning.
When Carissa Hanschu handed out papers comparing students progress from the previous semester in seventh grade students really saw their progress in writing. Several of them commented on what they had done to make such remarkable improvements.
One student went from an F in English to a B. Another changed a D in social studies to an A.
Malachi Daniels said that turning a D in math into an A was possible thanks to learning to take notes, in an elective course that Hanschu taught so students could learn organizational and study skills. The class is called AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination. It has been available at the high school lever for several years, but has just been made available to eighth graders.
“What I hear the most is (teachers are) seeing a different type of student walking into their classroom,” said Leah Wisdom, who coordinates the program.