Advisory 6 Inclusion, Inquiry, Responsibility
Summary: The purpose of advisory at Q300 is to build safe, supportive and skilled students groups that will impact our school and larger communities. Advisory creates opportunities for students to explore social and emotional learning. Through exposure to relevant and complex topics, advisory provides space to invite diverse experiences and voices as we explore social problem solving and social issues.  Groups explore and practice social skills, share meaningful stories, develop and implement service learning projects and dialogue about opinions and perspectives. As we share our personal stories and unique perspectives, we become more empathic and more motivated to create change within ourselves, our classrooms and our communities.
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Unit
Overview
Skill Building: Students explore and practice social skills such as listening, assertive messaging, empathizing, community organizing. Advisors provide support with connecting these skills to successful problem solving and team building practices in and out of the classroom. Social Issues: Students investigate and research social issues such as bullying, US and world poverty and cyber citizenship. They study impacts, personal stories and create calls to action. They ask open ended questions, engage in dialogue, and confront myths and stereotyping. Student Choice Dialogue: Students are asked to give input on topics they would like to explore in Advisory through surveys and regular opportunities to submit ideas. This year they have chosen: Judging Others, Family Dynamics, Your Future, and Fears. Service Project Development: Students research meaningful social problems and stories of teens who have successfully addressed community problems. They conduct a problem analysis and build a plan to address their chosen issue.
Assignments & Tasks Triads examine images and quotes about
Limiting beliefs and report thoughts, examples or
opinions to whole group.

In groups of three, practice your Listening skills by rotating the following roles: listener, talker and reporter.

In triads, complete your Assertive “I message” posters using the provided formula based on real classroom challenges.
Cultural Share in triads: What is one stereotype about your culture, beliefs or religion that you would like to challenge?

WNYC Radio Rookies Audio: Teen's Take on Life in Poverty, 3-2-1 Activity using reflection questions.

Respect For All
Campaign posters: Create a unique and powerful message in design, draft and publish phases.
Judging Others: fishbowl dialogue based on article in Teen Ink Magazine.

Your Future
Exploration: Choose a field that interests you. In triads, research leaders and innovators with students who also have interest in that field. Write a group or individual letter/email to a leader or innovator.

Artwork inspired by Family Dynamics dialogue: The facilitator will list all themes generated by the group. All group members will then choose a theme of interest and create a unique work of art (poem/short story/drawing/song lyrics/article/comic) based on that theme.
Animal Avengers Project: Students are working to increase adoption rates for animals in shelters. By collaborating with a local organization, Bobbi and the Strays,  they are planning to bring a pet adoption event to Q300 in April.

Improve School Food Project
: Students are working on making school food more appealing and healthy for Q300 and PS 17 students by designing a signature sandwich option that will be available every day of the week. They are also designing a realistic visual school food calendar to compare with the current styled online calendar.
 
 

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