Project-Based Learning within an Advisory System
At Avalon, middle school students are placed in advisories consisting of students in grades 7 and 8. In the high school, the advisories include students from grades 9-12. These advisories are the base from which all work at Avalon grows. Students meet in advisories for the first 20 minutes of each day in order to check in, plan group service projects, discuss community issues, and set goals for the day. After the meeting, students begin their day's work either at their desk within their advisory designing, implementing, or presenting independent projects or by going to a seminar. This advisory system allows the building of close relationships at the peer, teacher, and family level. Students learn from each other and support each other in their project work. The advisory is also a unit that will venture out into the community together to take in a play, to visit a museum, or to undertake service-learning projects. Our advisory system allows students to receive the support they need in order to become independent, project-based learners. They also get to know other students as real people, and not just members of some "other" group.
Ms. Gretchen Sage-Martinson