Advisory, Is It Needed?

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Advisory, Is It Needed?

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One purpose of advisory is to help students discover who they are, where they are headed to in the future, and how they are going to get there.

Some students might believe that advisory is not merely helping them with their academic progress in school. Others could think it is great seeing it as a time where they can catch up on school work and informed of upcoming events.

Some Clairemont Chieftains may feel that advisory can be very similar to homeroom, having little or no meaning for some students and would waste their class time to spend it on their cell phones and infrequently take the time to interact with the teachers or students in the classroom.  

Clairemont High senior Tony Sanchez said, “I think there’s no point of adding another period for advisory because most students would not use that time appropriately and would just use it as a time to do nothing or just not show up.”

But according to education website Getting, a strong advisory program helps students make connections in meaningful ways. Through class discussions, democratic classroom decision-making, Socratic seminars, and other activities, students can form bonds with one another and also learn more about themselves in relation to others.

In advisory classes, teachers meet with the same group of students making sure their learning needs are being met, influencing them to make good academic choices, plan for their future and creating a consistent community of support.

“I think that some students will see this as an opportunity to fool around and not do anything. I once took advisory and from my experience, most students would waste that time to use their phones or talk and would rarely listen to the teacher,” said senior Vanessa Salceda.

Many teachers are already overburdened and have too much to do with their other classes, and for them to be good advisers, they need the time to prepare for advisory meanwhile limiting their other duties. 

If they want this class to work well, their relationships with the students have to be different, they have to be open and engage more than they do in their other classrooms.

“Advisory gives our students a chance to catch up on missing assignments and I think adding this class would be helpful for plenty of students and will increase their chances of a better grade,” said Clairemont bio-med teacher Mrs. Pena.

Academic advising resources report that advisory is highly connected to lowering dropout rates, raising four-year graduation rates, and improving the trajectory for students to continue academic pursuits and post-secondary training after high school.

Many teachers, as well as students, believe that advisory is beneficial. This class gives teens support in and outside of the classroom.

Math teacher Mr. Hedrick said, “If you want advisory to work well, you need to be able to communicate well with the students as well as encouraging them to do their best in their other academic classrooms, but if you don’t do that, the students will use up their class time as it’s just another classroom.”

As others may think, an advisory is not about the work done but to reinforce the student’s sense of community and discussing issues. The purpose of the class is to provide support towards the students which also includes school issues like bullying or academics.

“Many students see advisory as another burden added to their schedules but I think if we use that time to discuss their future, teach them how to make a resume, setting goals, help them with different college options for their future or even encourage them to try harder in their other classes can lead them to accomplish great things,” Mrs. Pena said.

Advisory is a helpful structure that can support a variety of purposes towards the students and gives them the opportunity to improve their academic performance and also gives the advisors a chance to build a community of learners.

Only time will tell how well this plan works out for Clairemont Senior High School and its students.