Throughout AVID Open Access, we have created digital templates to make the integration of the teaching best practices showcased on the site as easy as possible. Below you will find the templates organized into themes aligned to the article collections. Let us know if you have any questions or recommendations for future templates, and don’t forget to check back regularly for new items!
For students to be successful in their digital-learning environment, they need to be able to collect their work, reflect on their learning process, and then recollect their learning for later application. AVID eBinders are a great digital tool for getting your students started on their journey to process their learning.
AVID eBinder Templates
Strategies that students can use to manage their many digital materials are included below. These strategies are platform and device agnostic. They are written with the older student as the intended audience. To teach younger students these skills, you can reference these strategies and resources to design age-appropriate lessons and materials. In fact, these digital organization strategies and tools are useful to educators as we manage and share our many digital resources and materials.
Digital Focused Note-Taking
Two- and three-column notes can be created using Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, fillable PDFs, or Pages. Consider sharing one of the templates with students. These templates can also be added to student eBinders. The Five Phases of the Focused Note-Taking Process resource reviews the digital strategies associated with these templates.
Digital Study Skills
The following resources will set your students up for success in their virtual learning environment with guidelines for creating good study spaces and routines, as well as time-management strategies. These resources include easy-to-implement tips that are written with the student as the intended audience.
Student Self-Reflection and Progress Tracking
There is no single right way to reflect, and depending upon your students’ ages and learning styles, they will feel most comfortable reflecting in different ways. To begin teaching the process, you may choose to start out by requiring a specific format and framework, but as students become more comfortable and confident in the process, you can introduce more voice and choice. The templates below offer some options to get you started.
Student Ownership of Learning
When students take ownership of their learning, they are motivated, engaged, and self-directed. It means they can monitor their own progress and are able to reflect on their learning based on mastery of content. The following are activities you can use to engage student voice and choice in the learning process.
Classroom Procedures and Management
Having classroom procedures and expectations in place for the first day of school, whether you are face-to-face or remote, can make all the difference in how your year goes. The following templates will help you set the right tone with your students and offer tips for engaging them throughout the year. We have also included teacher self-care tips to support you during this year of pandemic teaching.
At its core, blended learning is learning that takes place partially in a face-to-face, brick-and-mortar setting and partially in a virtual, online setting. Blended learning leans on the idea that both face-to-face and online learning offer significant benefits and advantages, and that the blended-learning teacher will draw upon the best practices and advantages of each option. The following templates will provide support as you explore the various blended-learning models.
Students need to do more than answer questions. They need to know how to ask them and how to find credible answers. The following templates will support your instruction of the ANSWERS inquiry process. By utilizing the strategies embedded in this process, you can get your students to think critically, ask higher-order questions, and effectively search for and find answers. This process is flexible and can be adapted for any subject area and used for both quick inquiries that are part of a short lesson as well as for more complex and longer inquiry projects.