• W.I.C.O.R (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading)

    In last week’s WICOR Wednesday we introduced the 5 phases of Focused Note-Taking. We may have gotten just a little ahead of ourselves in that we didn’t introduce what WICOR stands for. WICOR is an acronym for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading and provides a learning model that educators can use to guide students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels. Within WICOR are variety of teaching strategies essential to student learning and work well in all types of classrooms. Why WICOR?

    • WICOR is: A proven learning support structure, for any content area.
    • Teachers who WICORize: Guide students to deeper comprehension and increasing skill levels. Choose WICOR strategies appropriate to the content and skill objectives of their content area.
    • Students who WICORize: Actively work with new information in order to think, talk, write, read, and ask questions, leading to long-term learning. Develop skills and attitudes that will serve them well in postsecondary life.

    In your boxes this morning you will find a helpful AVID WICOR handout that lays out the key WICOR strategies. If you are interested in a larger 11x14 size poster for your classroom, please email Jaime Rees at jaimer@spokaneschools.org.

    AVID Professional Development, PERT/Clock Hour opportunities:

    • Wednesday, October 23rd: Focused Note-Taking Application, Willard Elementary from 4:00-6:00pm. Register via Performance Matters
    • Thursday, October 24th: WICOR Strategy Roundtable in room D201 (Dawn Zosel’s room) from 3:00-4:00pm.