PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

What is Advisory?

Dear Families,

It was so wonderful to see so many of you this week at the curriculum afternoon gathering online. We wanted to provide you with a little more information about the Advisory program.

What is Advisory?

Advisory is an essential component of the middle school experience. Students meet on a weekly basis with an Advisory teacher and a small group of students to talk about their life experiences in Middle School and provide social-emotional and academic support. “Advisory sets the tone for developing respectful and trusting relationships among peers and build meaningful connections. Advisory creates a place for belonging, significance and fun.” (Responsive Classroom)

Format of Advisory Class

  • Welcoming circle/opening activity or share
  • Topic/Focus
  • Activity – cooperative groups
  • Community share & Closing circle

Advisory Topics Include:

  • Empathy & Communication 
  • Friendship and Being an Ally 
  • Considering Perspectives 
  • Disagreeing Respectfully 
  • Being Assertive 
  • Recognizing Bullying 
  • Microaggressions
  • Bullying Prevention & Bystanders 
  • Emotion Management & Calming Down Strategies 
  • Problem Solving & Action Steps 
  • Study Habits & academic goals
  • Current events
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Manners
  • Character
  • SMART goals
  • Community Service and so much more

Resources: Our curriculum is infused with the latest research from sources like: Committee for Children, Responsive Classroom, and Morningside Center for Social Responsibility. We also use Choice Magazine from Scholastic for current topics related to teens in Middle School.

We look forward to staying connected and providing the support students need during this school year.

Kindly – Advisory Team (Mrs. Ferguson, Ms. Diane, Ms. Shannon, Mr. Dennis & Mr. Ron)