AVID® 10th Grade
Class Core Values and Behaviors
Our mission in 10th grade students will familiarize themselves with their individual personality strengths and challenges through a series of projects and activities in order to support them in examining career pathways that can help direct their high school and post high school decisions.
Our core values are Grit/Resiliency, Self-Advocacy, and Collaboration. We know these things will help students in their lives, every day. We are going to teach students behaviors to help them put these values into practice.
- What do we mean by Resilience/Grit?
We see Grit as following through on the tasks worth your time and effort.
Behavior 1: We build our skill at Resilience and Grit when we plan for the potential obstacles in our path, practice the behaviors that have helped us successfully navigate similar obstacles in the past, and search for solutions that can have a long-term impact on our ability to reach our goals.
- What do we mean by Self-Advocacy?
We see Self-Advocacy as building the confidence to ask for help, learning about others, and being an active participant in the events that affect you.
Behavior 2: We build our skill at Self-Advocacy when we identify pathways available to us and examine the effectiveness of each path in helping us reach our goals.
- What do we mean by Collaboration?
We see Collaborations as acknowledging that you affect others through your behaviors, making an effort to get to know the people around you, and putting their needs first.
Behavior 3: We build our skill at Collaboration when we leverage our relationships toward learning and success at college preparation, create new relationships that will fill the gaps our previous relationships cannot, and become an effective support for others going through the same struggles for personal success.
AVID® Yearly Requirements
- Weekly Relational Capacity Building
- Weekly Tutorial
- Note-taking and studying process
- Weekly Binder Check (One set of focused notes per core class/per day)
- Quarterly Socratic Seminars
- Grade reflections middle of each quarter
- Community service (50 hours or Join a Club)
- College Field Trip
- Letter to Self
- Time Capsule Additions
- 10th Grade AVID Requirements
10th Grade AVID® Requirements
- Personality assessment
- Career research and Presentation
- Formal e-mail of introduction to teacher/s
- Regular SAT/ACT practice
- PSAT (optional)
About Tanner Dotzauer - Joined AVID® in 2015
- AVID Site Coordinator
- AVID (10th & 11th)
- World Studies
One of my strengths is being a collaborator and coalition builder. We face complex problems everyday whether in our personal lives, professional lives or in the world at large. I believe to effectively address life's many complex challenges you need to listen to multiple viewpoints, collect the data, and then move forward with a decision knowing there is always room for improvement, but determined to see that solution through to the end. Real problem solving takes more than one person, it takes a team and that is the approach I take in my community as well as my classroom
- Honesty - Growing up in my house, the one thing you would get in the most trouble for was lying. That is probably why I often say one of my best qualities is that I am a bad liar, so don’t tell me anything you want me to keep a secret. Being honest makes you ask questions and be reflective about how and why you do the things you do. You have to ask yourself hard questions like is this the best way to do something or just the easiest way to do something. Being honest with myself and those around me helps me develop open and trusting relationships. Trust in a relationship is the key to helping myself and others around me to reach their fullest potential.
- Drive - I will often tell my students that the only way to lose is to stop. Failure is just part of the growth process, something you can witness every time I play House of the Rising Sun on guitar for the four-hundredth time. One of the greatest compliments I received from a teacher in school was from Ms. Miller, who said that she “admired my grit.” Academics never came easily to me, particularly English, which is what she taught. While my other friends were willing to fail her class because they would not give a speech, I completed all my work and happily took my C grade. I still get anxious every time I have to spell a word in front of my classes today now that I am a teacher, but I would never let it stop me from doing the work that I love.
- Humor - As you are leaving my mother’s house she has a sign over the door that says that angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. For me humor has always been more than just trying to make other people laugh and far more about forgiveness and grace for yourself and others. Life can be hard and it is easy to let it drag you down. Humor for me is a way to find a light in that darkness. I can’t tell you how many students have written to me about how much they appreciate the laughter in my classroom and how it made them feel better and want to come to school every day. Humor doesn’t mean you don’t take things seriously, it simply means we all make mistakes and it is ok to laugh about them sometimes.
AVID for me is about empowering students to feel confident that they are valuable, powerful and capable young people. When they leave the AVID program I want them to know that no matter what complexities life throws at them they have the resilience and social emotional skills to navigate to a positive path for themselves. It is a great privilege for me to be a small part of that growth process that happens for students in the AVID program.
20 Square Feet - Priorities
I am first and foremost a father and a husband. My family is everything. We enjoy trips, thrifting, projecting, art and music. I do not enjoy mowing the grass, monitoring my son’s screen time, or cleaning up after our pets.
Teaching is something I came to later in my life and now can’t imagine doing anything else. I am so privileged to get to work with such amazing colleagues and young people. I teach both AVID and social studies (history, civics, geography). I am currently the Wenatchee High School AVID Site Coordinator and an active member of the World Studies professional learning community.
Civic engagement is very important to me. Being involved with my community can range from supporting and promoting local businesses to being engaged with issues concerning our wider region. Most recently I was a board member of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.
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