PAGE 2011 Summer Conference - Advising/Engaging Homeroom Students - fuerte


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This session will help teachers understand the needs and goals of their homeroom or advisory students in an engaging way. Ideas about paperwork, registration needs and much more will be shared. This session is for any level of teacher or administrator looking for fresh ideas regarding getting to know those with whom you work.

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  • Ice breaker – Part of the WOW framework is designing lessons for your “WHO.” To begin this process, we will take a quick personality test. What are our personalities? Draw a pig (10 minutes)
  • This is not a valid personality test; however, it is important to learn who your “who” is before working with students. Valid personality tests: Howard Gardner Multiple intelligences, learning style inventory are all good ways to get to know something about your advisees. This activity was just a way to get to know a little bit about you before we get started. NOW: what is an advisor? How are advisory sessions set up?
  • Homerooms are generally grade level, and change from year to year.
  • You are someone they can go to with problems or concerns. You are the answer person – you can point them in the right direction. This is helpful for schedule changes, attendance issues, when parents need a person and can’t think of all the teachers’ names…. We are on block scheduling in our county. Therefore, sometimes the students end up with 4 core classes in one semester. The counselors cannot catch all of these; however, the advisor can make sure that the schedule is balanced and send the student up for a schedule change. If a student is struggling with school work, the advisor may have suggestions about tutors, study guides.
  • How they are set up – all 4 years of high school, mixed grade levels Pros of having mixed grade levels – peer tutoring, share experiences Pros of having students all 4 years (sometimes 5 years, depending on the student.) – We get to know our students. Two days a week for 20 -30 minutes – This sometimes changes depending on what needs to be completed. We sometimes meet more, when working on scheduling. NOW… let’s demonstrate an activity that will help students get to know one another.
  • Getting advisees to know each other The upper and lower classmates need to get to know each other. Many times, they will not interact, unless you push them into it. There are several activities that will help students bond with one another. Here is one. Sit in groups: Without talking, write down things you have in common that you can see Now, talk to one another. List 5 things you have in common that you cannot see You can use this activity to get the upper classmen and lower classmen to realize that they have things in common. Also, this can begin a discussion about cliques, the school environment, etc.
  • It is very important that you get to know your advisees. The personality test and multiple intelligence tests mentioned earlier would be good. Also, here are two activities that can help begin the school year.
  • This activity is very important You should keep a file folder for each advisee. This is a good activity to keep in the folders and return to frequently.
  • Break Time? Have them take a break and then brainstorm ideas. 15 minute break and brainstorming time. When we get back, we will share any activities and begin Part 2.
  • Part of getting to know your advisees is learning about their records. Review their permanent files, middle school grades and current transcripts. Checks and Balances… Record keeping is very important. An incorrect student record can keep him/her from graduating. Advisors and counselors should work together to check schedules and transcripts. Two heads are better than one. Keep in mind that counselors have about 200 students each to keep track of. Advisors have about 18 students. Advisors should keep a file folder for each advisee. These should contain updated transcripts and any notes that need to be addressed (such as summer school needed, parental contact made, etc.) Pass around folder. I keep a hand-written copy. I am a little outdated, but it helps me to check off the required courses. Some teachers print off the transcript. Either is a good idea, if they are correct.
  • Here are some lessons we work on with our advisees. This will get you started. Teach the alma mater or fight song. Create a “cheer of the week” Have each student create a student resume. They will need this when they complete college applications. It is very hard for seniors to remember all of their extracurricular activities for 4 years. Also, they need to have somewhere to keep up with all of the community service and awards. Your advisee group could contribute to food banks, volunteer at nursing homes
  • On Chart Paper; Career Planning Ethics/Character development Goals Peer tutors Financial Aid/College planning Understanding transcripts and needed credits. Have people walk around and gather ideas.
  • We have tried to make this lesson somewhat engaging. Within the lesson we utilized the Design Qualities from the WOW framework. These are the design qualities of choice, and can be used when designing lessons. Let’s take a minute to discuss when these were used.
  • Have the participants explain to each other the reason they chose the sign.
  • PAGE 2011 Summer Conference - Advising/Engaging Homeroom Students - fuerte

    1. 1. Crowne Plaza ® Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia Presentation/Session Title Dr. Pamela Anders Stephanie Fuerte Professional Association of Georgia Educators 2011 PAGE Summer Conference June 3-5, 2011
    2. 2. <ul><li>1. If your pig is drawn toward the Top of your paper, you are an optimistic person with a positive attitude. You generally anticipate the best possible outcomes of actions and events. In other words, you see the glass as half full. </li></ul><ul><li>2. If your pig is drawn toward the Bottom of your paper, you tend to be more of a pessimistic person. You generally expect the worst. You see the glass as half empty. </li></ul><ul><li>3. If your pig is drawn toward the Middle of your paper, you are a realist who tends to face facts and deal with them realistically. You see the glass as dirty and put it in the dishwasher. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone, please draw a pig on a blank piece of paper. </li></ul>Draw a Pig. Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    3. 3. <ul><li>4. If your pig is drawn facing Left, you believe in tradition, are friendly, outgoing and tend to remember dates and birthdays. </li></ul><ul><li>5. If your pig is drawn facing Right, you are innovative and active but not as good about remembering dates. </li></ul><ul><li>6. If your pig is drawn facing Forward, you are direct, straightforward, welcome discussion, and often enjoy playing the devil's advocate. </li></ul>PIG, Continued. Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    4. 4. <ul><li>7. If your pig is drawn with Many Details, you are analytical, cautious, careful and may be distrustful. </li></ul><ul><li>8. If your pig is drawn with Few Details, you are more impulsive, care little for detail and are willing to take risks. </li></ul><ul><li>9. If your pig is drawn with 4 Legs showing, you are secure, stick to your ideals, and can be stubborn. </li></ul><ul><li>10. If your pig is drawn with Less than 4 Legs showing, you may be insecure, uncertain, or living though a period of major change. </li></ul>PIG, Continued. Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    5. 5. <ul><li>11. The Larger the pig's Ears you have drawn, the better Listener you are. </li></ul><ul><li>12. And last but not least, the Longer the pig's Tail you have drawn, the more satisfied you are with the quality of your love life. </li></ul>PIG, Continued Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    6. 6. <ul><li>ADVISORY SESSIONS </li></ul><ul><li>The same thing as homerooms… </li></ul><ul><li>PLUS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So much more… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A general meeting area </li></ul><ul><li>Homeroom teachers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take roll </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pass out materials, such as: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Report cards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ballots </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous Paperwork </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>HOMEROOMS </li></ul>ADVISORS: Not the same old homeroom. Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    7. 7. <ul><li>You are the “answer person.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When advisees have questions or problems, you should be able to answer the questions, or direct them in the right direction. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You are a “Keeper of Records.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This will be discussed in detail soon. </li></ul></ul>The One To Go To….. <ul><li>An Advisor’s Role. </li></ul>Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    8. 8. <ul><li>Mixed Grade Levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We have a group of students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>from 9 th , 10 th , 11 th , and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 th grades. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have the students all four </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>years of high school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We meet twice a week for 25 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>minutes. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shaw High School’s Way </li></ul>Advisory Setup Professional Association of Georgia Educators The Pros: The advisors can get to know their advisees and build relationships with them. The Pro: The older students can share experiences with the underclassmen.
    9. 9. <ul><li>First: pick a piece of paper from the basket. </li></ul><ul><li>Now, find the others with the same shape. </li></ul><ul><li>This will be your group. </li></ul><ul><li>Sit with your group. </li></ul><ul><li>Without talking, list 4 or 5 things you have in common that you can see. </li></ul><ul><li>Now, talk to each other. Compare your lists. </li></ul><ul><li>You should now find 5 things that you have in common that you CANNOT see. You will have to talk about yourself to find this list. </li></ul>Advisees Getting to Know Each Other Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    10. 10. <ul><li>True or False: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone needs to write 3 statements about themselves. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two are True </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One is False </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Now, share your true and false statements with the group. See if they can guess the false one. </li></ul></ul></ul>Getting to Know You <ul><li>Two activities to get to know your advisees. </li></ul>Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    11. 11. On a more serious note <ul><li>Have students write the following. Keep this in their folders. </li></ul>Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    12. 12. Your Turn!! Working with those around you, brainstorm some “Get to know you” activities. Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    13. 13. <ul><li>Counselors and Advisors working together </li></ul><ul><li>Advisor Folder for each advisee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updated transcripts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parental contact made </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special notes (summer school needed, missing credits, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Counselors have how many students? Compare this to 18 per advisor. </li></ul>RECORD KEEPING… UGH… Paperwork <ul><li>Two heads are better than one…. </li></ul>Professional Association of Georgia Educators Courses 9th 10th 11th 12th Math English Social Studies Science P.E. Foreign Lang. TOTAL Credit
    14. 14. <ul><li>During Homecoming Week, design a lesson on school pride. </li></ul><ul><li>Have each student create a resume. </li></ul><ul><li>During holidays, work on community involvement. </li></ul><ul><li>After we get to know our advisees, check schedules, and get them started off to a great year, then what? </li></ul>What Now? <ul><li>So, what do we do with these advisees for the rest of the year? </li></ul>Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    15. 15. Your Turn <ul><li>Around the room, you </li></ul><ul><li>will see chart paper with </li></ul><ul><li>Advisee Lesson Topics. </li></ul><ul><li>Working with those around you, brainstorm ideas for engaging lessons and write your ideas on the paper. </li></ul>Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    16. 16. <ul><li>Product Focus – What the participants (students) are to learn is linked to some product that they value </li></ul><ul><li>Affirmation of Performance – Work is made visible </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliation - opportunity to work with peers, outside experts, and other adults </li></ul><ul><li>Novelty and Variety - employ a wide range of media and approaches when engaged in the activities assigned and encouraged. </li></ul><ul><li>Choice - students can exercise choice either in what they are to learn or how they go about learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity - Including things that are of real interest to the student </li></ul><ul><li>Working on the Work (WOW) Framework: Design Qualities of Choice: </li></ul>Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    17. 17. Ready To Roll <ul><li>Look around the room for a final time. You will see 5 signs: </li></ul><ul><li>I’m Satisfied </li></ul><ul><li>I’m full of new learning </li></ul><ul><li>I’m Ready to Roll </li></ul><ul><li>I’m older and wiser </li></ul><ul><li>I’m looking for more. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a sign that best describes you and stand next to it. </li></ul>Professional Association of Georgia Educators