Teacher As Advisor
An advisor (teacher) at a Big Picture school plays a complex and varied role role. In addition to navigating and guiding the learning process with 15-18 students for 2-4 years, an advisor is also responsible for aspects of administration, guidance, management, recruitment, and community outreach. As a result, advising is a very rewarding and intense experience.
For many students and families, their advisor is the central figure in their school experience. An advisor deliberately builds strong relationships with their students, and between their students. Advisories become great support systems in this way; some say it’s like an extended family. With an advisory system, every student has an adult in the school who knows them and who cares deeply about them.