ACA MS SEMINAR COLLEGE READINESS SESSIONS
What is MS Seminar?
Seminar, formerly known as “homeroom” or “advisory”, is part of a strong approach to college preparation as stated in ACA's vision statement. ACA has always taught study skills and executive function. Through time dedicated to Seminar, we now have a venue to intentionally teach successful habits for study and strengthen students' abilities to accomplish the high educational standards in partnership with ACA parents. It is designed to be an interactive class where students build executive function in order to overcome the challenges of higher academic classes. Executive function refers to a specific set of skills that include memory, deep levels of thinking, and self-control or discipline. In essence, it is the intentional building of academic disciplines to help our students be successful in our accelerated academics and further academic pursuits after ACA. Providing Seminar class strengthens ACA’s commitment to accelerated instruction and our classical, college preparatory program and supports students. (40 minutes a day) . Seminar class is graded.
Seminar is in the students' daily schedule to help build consistency, accountability, and community. Our approach to Seminar focuses on the joy of learning with personal responsibility and excellence.
How will my child benefit from Seminar?
At the heart of classical education is the goal of cultivating wisdom through nurturing joy in learning and in intellectual pursuits because of the way that these pursuits connect. Yale University describes Seminar as a vehicle for instructors to effectively facilitate rich discussions when their students are equipped to engage and students are more apt to build upon the existing framework of knowledge as they continue to develop and achieve better learning outcomes. Intentionally teaching these executive function skills will build students' confidence to engage in and take ownership of their own learning.
Curriculum Core Resource:
-SOAR Learning and Soft Skills for College
This curriculum focuses on: Setting Goals, Organizing, Asking Questions, Recording Your Progress.
*Grade Level Continuum (21-22 school year, all grade levels have the same lessons to have access to and practice all of the skills)
*SOAR Website (ACA uses the StudySkills.com portion only)
-Supplemental Resource: Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction.
*This curriculum focuses on skills students need to work successfully with partners and groups in a classroom setting.
*(examples: active listening, how to work with a partner, how to extend an academic conversation, Think-Pair-Share, overcoming off-task triggers, complimenting others’ work, establishing group ground rules)
Both resources are available in the MS front office for parents to review.
*ACA uses the beginning of the school year to focus on Griffin community pillars for the MS campus through Seminar.
ACA END GOALS for Students that align to SEMINAR: