WHAT IF YOUR STUDENTS SOLVED PROBLEMS AND NOT JUST EQUATIONS?
How can STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) teachers push their students beyond memorization or plugging numbers into equations? Students need the right opportunities, skills, and teaching to excel in STEM/STEAM fields. AVID lays the foundation to help students gain a deeper understanding of concepts and apply their learning to the world for future success.
"Through my AVID training, I've learned how to build relational capacity with students that opens the door to more authentic classroom experiences, where my students can connect the math concepts they’re learning to their lives and the broader world that awaits them. I’m able to facilitate this deeper understanding through AVID strategies like interactive notebooks, philosophical chairs, and other activities that help students approach math through inquiry and relevancy."
—Anthony Ritz, Math Teacher, O'Farrell Charter School
ACCELERATE STEM ACHIEVEMENT
The AVID STEM Science & Math Summer Bridge programs are designed to strengthen students’ math and science skills and to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in Algebra 1 by the 8th grade. These summer bridge programs allow students to explore math and science in high-engagement environments that are challenging, yet enjoyable. Additionally, they help schools increase diversity in their STEM courses. These AVID Summer Bridge programs help smooth the transition between middle and high school grades where the rigor of science and math courses ramps up quickly. See how the AVID Summer Bridge program can benefit your students.
All students deserve engaging STEM opportunities in school, especially those who are typically underrepresented in STEM fields. They must have experiences with STEM topics that excite them from an early age, and they need help to understand how certain course choices will open STEM pathways for them in school and in their careers. No student should be denied access to the rigorous STEM classes and the academic support they need to thrive by being unnecessarily weeded out at a young age. AVID works with administrators and teachers to evaluate the data and identify ways to remove barriers that keep traditionally underserved students from these courses, even if they missed these opportunities in the early levels. Use this guide to see how culturally relevant your classroom is.
AVID does not change what STEM instructors are teaching—it changes how they teach their subjects. The teacher becomes the facilitator of learning, helping their students own their learning through inquiry and design thinking. Students receive scaffolded instruction and explicit academic language instruction, so they can think, speak, read, and write like STEM professionals. AVID’s foundational teaching tools such as Socratic Seminars, Collaborative Study Groups, peer tutoring, and Philosophical Chairs also build necessary soft skills to enhance STEM learning. Use writing, inquiry, and collaboration to enhance middle school math geometry with this activity.
ENRICH GROUP WORK
Group work is commonplace, but how often are students doing an assignment simply to complete the assignment? AVID students aren’t just present for group work, they’re actively participating. Through AVID training, teachers learn to coach students so that they can collaborate successfully and manage conflict to build consensus. AVID provides classroom activities that foster inquiry and reflection rather than students following rote step-by-step instructions. With our peer-to-peer Collaborative Study Groups, students gain a deeper understanding and spark new thoughts through strong inquiry and listening skills.
View this example of a Collaborative Study Group in a math setting.