8TH GRADE ADVISORY COLLABORATION

Posted on August 15, 2021 by Anthony Sabedra

Spanish Teacher & 8th Grade Advisor

Summary of workshop/​opportunity

This summer grant provided me the opportunity to peacefully transition from my role as 6th grade lead advisor to 8th grade lead advisor. The bulk of this work included two days of discussion with out going 8th grade lead advisor, Danielle Denton. In addition to our conversations, Danielle passed to me the files, notes, calendar, and resources that she maintained as part of her lead duties. Once I had access to these files and resources, I began to organize and design a preliminary calendar and list of advisory topics/issues for the new academic year.

Triangle/​Square/​Circle

What are 3 things I took away/​learned?

1. I learned that the needs of our advisees, from an 11 to a 14 year old, can overlap despite the developmental differences that exist in this age bracket.

2. I learned that the 8th grade year can be dominated by the high school process. It is therefore paramount to put much focus on deescalating the anxiety that comes with high school applications and decisions.

3. I have also learned that a team that advises a grade level goes beyond the 4 advisees. We are fortunate in having a stellar group of professionals that include a learning specialist, a tech resource, a therapist, a high school counselor, an overall caretaker in the role of Upper School Director, and finally a highly qualified group of educators. It does indeed take a village to educate, encourage, and empower our charges.

What squared with my existing practice/​beliefs?

Despite my 12 years as a 6th grade advisor, I am certain that my approach to my new class of older, perhaps more sophisticated advisees will be the same as the younger girls. Compassion and humor are good tools for any age group.

What is still circling around in my head?

I am excited for this opportunity and also curious as I move to lead a team of new people to Burke's. This year, there will be two new faculty members and one 2 year veteran (after a year and a half of shelter in place and pandemic protocols). I am optimistic that it will be a great year of learning for all of us.

Would you recommend this opportunity?

Yes

Optionally, offer a one sentence recommendation for the opportunity.

Any type of collaboration in a transition is always a good thing. The outgoing lead advisor was a well of information; taking on her files and resources will ensure a smooth transition. She has also graciously offered to check-in throughout the new academic year.

PD #240

 

6TH GRADE ADVISORY CLEAN UP

Posted on August 15, 2021 by Anthony Sabedra

Spanish Teacher & 8th Grade Advisor

Summary of workshop/​opportunity

I took a day to reorganize and refashion the 6th grade advisory calendar (advisory at a glance) for the 2021-2022 6th grade advisory team. Since I will no longer serve on this team, I wanted to leave the advisors a clean version of this resource. In addition to this, I also included the duties/obligations specific to the 6th grade lead advisor.

Goals & Collaborations

What were your big takeaways from your workshop or project?

My big take away from this work is the awareness of the many activities/projects that are used for a meaningful and well thought out advisory curriculum. We, the advisors, are able to chart progression and nurture development of the various well being/social-emotional topics for the year. Also, the calendar is a quick and easy resource for planning.

How does what you learned connect to your goals this year?

As I prepare to take on a new grade level of advisory, the clarity of this endeavor will help me in understanding the progression of the new curriculum. Fortunately, this tool exists for my new grade level. As I work within the new grade level and with new advisors, I will be better prepared to jump into the planning of a new academic year.

How might this opportunity lead to collaboration with other faculty?

In advisory work, it takes a village to make a meaningful, positive mark with your advisees. I will collaborate with the members of my advising team as well as with the former lead advisor of the 8th grade.

Would you recommend this opportunity?

Yes

Optionally, offer a one sentence recommendation for the opportunity.

I strongly encourage faculty who move to a different advising grade level to undertake this work prior to the beginning of the year.

PD #239