Organizing for Success
Middle School Study Skills and Advisory
During the Advisory block, students are offered opportunities to further their understanding of being a member of the FSH community. Within Advisory, students share and communicate with their peers and a teacher in a small group setting. Time is spent for each student to reflect on how they learn best and also enhance their “study skill” habits, listening and sharing techniques, and relationships.
Each month, Advisories review topics that are sequential and spiral for additional reinforcement, as needed. Activities involve discussion within a small group setting while also providing time for individual reflection and feedback. Advisors use a weekly agenda to help guide the curriculum.
Topics discussed include:
• The Quaker Testimonies of Community, Integrity, Stewardship, Peace, Simplicity, Equality
• Habits of Organization
• Computer Literacy
• Studying for Tests
• Learning to Paraphrase/Note taking
• Working in a Group
• Time Management
Service remains a crucial component to the curriculum. Advisories explore service opportunities in the FSH and neighboring communities.
Advisory groups also focus on community building and provide a forum for establishing positive relationships with peers and a faculty advisor. The advisor is a “go to” teacher for the student and family with regards to academic reflection and social development.