I’m hearing my child talk about WICOR at their school. What is WICOR?
By now you should’ve heard either your child or his/her teacher talk about AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities.
AVID’s proven learning support structure for elementary, middle, high school - and enhanced for higher education – is known as WICOR.
WICOR includes teaching and learning strategies in the areas of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. AVID teachers integrate WICOR strategies in to their everyday classroom lessons in order to help their students comprehend what they are reading and learning, and to communicate their learning with others in a variety of tasks that become progressively more complex throughout the year.
The WICOR model also promotes the expertise and attitudes that will serve students well in life beyond college graduation. Surveys of employers indicate that they seek college educated employees who have strong interpersonal skills, communicate well, and have the ability to develop creative solutions to new problems in collaborative ways.
Writing is a learning tool, a way for students to record their thinking, and a way for students to show their level of understanding. A few writing strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include note-taking, learning logs, the writing process, peer editing, quickwrites, reflections and exit tickets.
Inquiry is teaching kids to uncovering their own thinking, learning how to ask a variety of levels of questions, and engaging in the process of thinking about their learning. A few inquiry strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include interactive journals, the Socratic seminar, philosophical chairs, and learning about and using levels of thinking and questions.
Collaboration is teaching kids to work in teams, share responsibility for tasks and learning with classmates and their teachers, and sharing their ideas and information about what they have learned with others using a variety of collaborative strategies. A few collaborative strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include ice-breakers, community building activities, energizer activities to change students’ state of learning, using Study Buddies, teaching kids about their personal learning styles, and teaching kids about learning behaviors that are necessary for academic and career success.
Organization is teaching kids how to organize their materials and time so they always have the right materials ready for the right learning activity, helping kids learn to plan and prioritize their time in and out of school, and teaching kids to set goals and take responsibility for reaching these goals. A few organizational strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include student binders or folder systems to organize their materials and notes, teaching kids how to take notes and use them to study for tests and future projects, using an agenda or planner to keep track of homework, upcoming events and their to-do list, using a variety of graphic organizers across the content, and using interactive notebooks to keep track of and build upon their learning.
Reading is making personal connections with the text, making predictions and asking questions to deepen understanding, creating visual images about what you read, and using a variety of printed material to gather, organize and present information to others. A few reading strategies used in an AVID Elementary classroom include making predictions, summarizing and questioning, reflecting, building vocabulary, marking the text, responding to what is read, taking notes and using text-processing strategies during and after reading to improve comprehension.