Advisory Resources

Advisories hold great potential for realizing many school objectives and being part of the school improvement effort of Small Schools and Small Learning Communities. William Glasser (1986) estimates that schools fail to engage more than half the students because they fail to fulfill four basic human needs for students: to belong and love, to gain power, to be free, and to have fun. Along with Poetry Slams in link #7, advisories can meet student needs for fun and add the element of play to learning through such means as Tug o' War, Basketball, Kickball, Dodgeball, Paper Airplane Contests,Talent Shows, Karaoke, Fashion Shows, Door Decorating Contests, Card Game Tournaments (e.g. Speed or Yu-Gi-Oh), Sustained Silent Reading, Scavenger Hunts for Teacher Facts, Back-To-School Night Bar-B-Qs, Recognition Assemblies, Birthday Cards for students--the list could go on, only limited by imagination and willingness.

  1. Index to Group Activities, Games, Exercises & Initiatives
  2. Icebreakers, Warmups, Energizers, & Deinhibitizers
  3. Team Building Activities, Initiative Games, & Problem Solving Exercises
  4. Trust Building Activities
  5. Psychological Exercises for Insight & Self-Awareness Groups
  6. Mega-List of 2000+ Free Online Descriptions of Games to Play with Groups
  7. Classroom Poetry Slams
  8. High School Advisory Curriculum -- With plans and activities
  9. Advisory Resources 07-08 -- More plans and activities!
  10. Research Brief High School Advisory
  11. Potomac Falls High School Advisory 2007-2008
  12. Link Crew -- Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains members of the junior and senior class to be Link Leaders. As positive role models, Link Leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school.
  13. Motivating Teens, Teachers, and Parents
  14. New Visions Paper on Student Advisories
  15. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens -- A powerful advisory-suited program
  16. Advisory programs (homeroom) -- Advisory programs deliberately establish a connection between teacher and students. This connection can be in the form of academic advisement and coaching, student-led conferences and portfolio development, character and study skills development, discussion of current events, and packaged advisory program curricula.
  17. Follow Your True Colors -- Personality Assessment
  18. High School Advisory Program
  19. Welcome to Student Advisory -- With Plans
  20. Advisories.....Helping Our Students Graduate
  21. Character Education
  22. Personalization: Advisory Structure
  23. Educating for Resiliency
  24. Changing Systems to Personalize Learning: The Power of Advisories
  25. Personalizing High School
  26. Emotional Intelligence and Multiple Intelligences
  27. Go Ask Alice -- "Tell-It-Like-It-Is" information on matters teens care about
  28. Counseling High School Teens
  29. California CareerZone -- Information on careers, job requirements and outlook, Self-Assessments, Reality Check of independent-living expenses, and a Search Feature that makes it easy to find job data on any career.
  30. My Road -- The College Board's college and career planning Web site
  31. Exploring Majors -- In California colleges


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