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Advisory Teachers

For Advisory teachers who want to share lessons, strategies, advice, and conversation on the topic of Advisory on the middle school and high school level.

Members: 36
Latest Activity: Mar 26, 2019

Discussion Forum

IDEAS: 5 strategies that can make a difference for SEL

Frustrated by the declining mental health of his students, a high school teacher goes in search of best practices. Here are 5 strategies that can make a difference.…Continue

Started by Ryan Goble Mar 26, 2019.

NEW DOC: Bully

Cross posted here as this seems like wonderful advisory content...Sadly, this controversial film has been given an "R" rating, making it harder for the message to connect with its demographic. Here…Continue

Started by Ryan Goble Apr 2, 2012.

Documentary Targeting African American Males: "Bring Your Game"

I'm trying to embed the video this time. I don't know how to delete a discussion I entered wrong. Can I get some help there, Ryan? Watch more…Continue

Started by Shirley Durr Aug 11, 2011.

QUESTION: What is Advisory really? Advisory Ideas? 7 Replies

I'm joining a school in Brooklyn that has advisory. I haven't taught advisory in several years, & I'm hoping to get some feedback on ideas. Looking forward to the discussion.Continue

Started by J K Van Nort. Last reply by Jennifer Trannon Jul 14, 2010.

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Comment by Katherine Bolman, PhD on August 27, 2011 at 11:41am

I am no longer teaching in the classroom. I am worried about the potential loss of art and art history. I went back to school when I was 70 to learn web design so that I could start a course in art history. is the website with Meet Katherine.


Would anyone like to talk with me about the project and/or getting their students involved? Katherine Bolman is my Skype name.

Katherine Bolman

Comment by Ryan Goble on August 11, 2011 at 1:00pm
Shriley - I have not seen that round these parts - you should embed the video above in the discussion forum so we can share it in the WIR (things get lost on the comment wall)!
Comment by Shirley Durr on August 9, 2011 at 12:06am

It's possible this free online video (Bring Your Game) appears elsewhere on MCP. I've used it in my high school advisory. Every single one of my male students (at an alternative high school) were immediately and continually engaged. Most of my female students were, too. Hope it's of use to others, too.


Comment by Ryan Goble on July 1, 2010 at 6:50pm
Hi Nina - thank you for starting this group! There is certainly an interest in the topic! I'm writing to be an annoying MC POP traffic cop :( Things on the comment wall tend to get lost/buried over time. I aksed Kyle to put his question up top so that I can have a URL for the question. From there I will broadcast it to the whole Ning on Tuesday. That said, would you mind copying and pasting your comment into his discussion above so other folks can read your wonderful ideas in a specific location? Thanks, Ry:)
Comment by Nina Dibner on July 1, 2010 at 10:14am
Cool. Will you have a multi- grade Advisory, or just one grade? Also, how long are the Advisory periods? One thing I would suggest is front loading with lots of community building activities. The dynamic might be that they have already been in an Advisory together, but you are the new factor- or everyone is new to each other. Also, you might already do this, but it is a good idea to work with your Advisory to make agreements about how you all want to work and be with each other for the year (listen openly to others' ideas, etc). let me know if you would like me to point you to some books that could be helpful in terms of these kinds of activities.
Comment by J K Van Nort on July 1, 2010 at 7:32am
My advisory is for a high school focused on environmental sustainability, which I will also be incorporating into my US history class. I don't know about the specific curriculum, I believe they are revising it for the fall. Hoping to get some ideas to take back to the school in the fall.
Comment by Nina Dibner on June 30, 2010 at 8:41pm
Shirley- I see you are based in Minneapolis! That's where I spent my first 5 years as a teacher (2 elementary schools - one in N and one in S Mpls).
Comment by Nina Dibner on June 30, 2010 at 8:38pm
Advisory is a real passion of mine- I taught at a HS in Bushwick, Brooklyn for 8 years where I was an Advisor and the school's Advisory coach. I then left the classroom to start my own consulting business, of which a lot of work is Advisory related (coaching principals on the structure of Advisory, curriculum development, staff training, helping schools with struggling Advisory programs, etc). Am excited to learn more about what you guys are doing and talk shop!
Comment by Ryan Goble on June 29, 2010 at 11:07am
Hey Kyle - if you post your question above in the discussion forum (a la a Crowdsource Question) I can broadcast it to the Ning next Tuesday - plus it will bring people to this great new group!
Comment by Nina Dibner on June 29, 2010 at 10:11am
Hey J K- Will you be working at a Middle School or High School? Do you know much about the school's Advisory program (frequency, established curriculum- if any, themes)? I'd love to brainstorm with you and share some resources.

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