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“WICOR Strategies at the Elementary Level.”

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angela nolan

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Transcript of “WICOR Strategies at the Elementary Level.”

“AVID and WICOR Strategies.”
Quick write activity:
4-Corner Quickwrite
Quadrant 1=Level 1: What is your favorite day of the week?
Quadrant 2=Level 1: What is your favorite time on your favorite day?
Quadrant 3=Level 2: Who shares this favorite time and day with you?
Quadrant 4=Level 3: Why is it your favorite time and day of the week?

Individuals will get into pairs, small groups, or whole group sharing format
Groups will work one quadrant at a time and will stop and start conversations at the sound of a bell
When complete with all four quadrants individuals will go back to their work spaces and engage in a whole group debrief.

What worked?
What could we work on making better next time?
What should we avoid in the future if we did this activity again?

The Inquiry Game
Spectator Engagement (Level 1 – Prior Knowledge, Gathering Information):

Individuals are provided or will choose a shape of their choice.
( It is important to ensure at least 3 different shapes with at least 3 different colors are available for variety and grouping options.)
• Individuals will fold their paper in half (pre-folded if needed) and trace or draw their shape on the left side of their paper
• On the left side of the paper, individuals write, or draw a visual representation of all that they individually know about their shape. For example:

Circle (shape on left)
Right side = Lollipop, clock, plate, candy may be drawn or wording may include round, geometric shape, circumference, radius (depending on prior knowledge)

Interactive Engagement (Level 2 – Comparing and Contrasting Understanding and Knowledge):

Pairs are provided a Venn Diagram Template to capture their thinking and work
Working together in a format, pairs capture their thoughts related to the
similarities and differences of their two shapes in words, pictures, or visual representations. For example:
Shape A = Circle, Shape B = Square
Similarities in overlap section=geometric shapes, no gaps (closed)
Differences in 4 sides, no sides, right angles, no angles

Collaborative Engagement (Level 3 – Connections, Analysis, Reflection):

Triads are provided notebook paper (pre-folded if needed) to capture their learning and
Triads share their knowledge of their individual shape with the group to compare their understanding and contrast the differences in their shapes.

What is AVID
AVID Secondary (grades 6-12) is an essential component of the AVID College Readiness System and is designed to enable schoolwide implementation of AVID’s proven instructional methodologies and content area best practices to improve outcomes for all students. AVID Secondary goes beyond the AVID Elective course to affect an entire campus or district by creating a college-going culture that increases the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and their lives beyond.

Across all content areas, AVID’s research-based strategies and curriculum develop students’ academic skills such as: reading, writing, and critical thinking. Academic behaviors, including organization, time management, and goal setting, are also taught as part of the AVID System. The AVID curriculum was developed by elementary, middle, and high school educators in collaboration with college professors. Driven by the WICOR method, and based on rigorous standards, AVID’s curriculum supports high levels of academic achievement for all students and aligns to state and national content standards.
AVID's Foundation for High-Engagement Teaching and Learning

WICOR: is a proven learning support structure
It also enhances teaching and learning methodologies in the following critical areas:

W-WRITING: thinking, learning and growth
Writing helps students become better thinkers and improve their cognitive skills.

I-INQUIRY: "Critical thinking" driven by questions
Costa's three levels "intellectual functioning"
By using inquiry as an essential foundation this will allow students to be successful in academic achievement and college completion

C-COLLABORATION: Student groups that work toward learning outcomes
Collaborative activities to help one another learn

O-ORGANIZATION: Critical to academic success

R-READING: "Critical Reading"
Research based strategies-will help students read more effectively

Also the framework for AVID instruction



Display focus of one-page -prompt, topic, unit, lesson, etc.
Small groups will create a ‘one-pager’ (one sided) visual display of their take-aways, understandings, and thoughts about the focus.
Students will be provided key pieces that must be included in the individual design. For example:

Border or theme around edge of paper (Teacher guided as appropriate)
Leveled questions (Teacher created and provided as appropriate)
Student responses to leveled questions (Teacher guided as appropriate)
Key vocabulary or concepts (Teacher guided as appropriate)

Small groups will design their one-pagers according to the specific requirements of the facilitator. Visual examples may be displayed as needed.
Ample time is provided for details and deeper levels of thinking.

Will help educators scaffold learning and guide students to comprehend materials, concepts and articulate ideas
AVID Weekly
AVID Weekly is a strong curriculum resource that promotes critical reading skills. AVID Weekly uses a variety of news sources for application in conjunction with AVID’s critical reading strategies. Every month AVID Weekly creates 15 articles and lesson plans, covering a variety of subjects. Articles are selected to cover three levels of difficulty: foundational, intermediate and advanced. They are chosen to encompass a broad range of content areas, which are identified on the monthly matrix.

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