ERIC Number: ED360078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Nurturing a Teacher Advisory Program.
In recognition of the importance of effective advisory programs at the middle school level, this monograph provides specific suggestions for organizing and sustaining a teacher advisory program and presents sample activities to assist program implementation. Following introductory remarks, the first section reviews aspects of early adolescent development which make an effective advisory program essential, while the second section suggests key elements of programs at this level, including work with students' physical, moral, social/emotional, and career development. Section 3 examines the roles of advisors, counselors, administrators, community members, and students in the whole advisory endeavor, while section 4 reviews important characteristics of advisors. The fifth section provides specific suggestions for developing advisory skills, including asking open instead of closed questions, restating student comments to elicit more information, and using silence. The next two sections describe and suggest sources for successful activities that build relationships, including dealing with personal concerns of students, assisting with instructional difficulties, helping students with school regulations and procedures, and exploring career options. Administrative considerations are discussed in the eighth section, while section 9 suggests ways for parents and the community to become involved in the advisory process. The final sections describe common problems to implementing advisory programs, suggest solutions, and provide tips on keeping the program up-to-date and viable. Includes institutional and print resources for further information. Contains 9 references. (BCY)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Administrator Role, Adolescents, Class Activities, Community Role, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques, Educational Counseling, Faculty Advisers, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Parent Role, Program Design, Program Implementation, School Counselors, Student Needs, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
National Middle School Association, 4807 Evanswood Drive, Columbus, OH 43229-6292.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Columbus, OH.