ECISD AVID in Action
Winter Edition 2016
AVID Elementary Teacher Workshop
The workshop consisted of three modules:
- Reading and Writing to Learn Strategies,
- Critical Reading Strategies and
- Beyond Lecture: Innovative Strategies for Incorporating Note-Taking.
In addition, Hays K-5 teachers opened their doors for a Site Visit where participants could see "WICOR in Action" in the classrooms. Thank you Mrs. Anderson for allowing us to host at your AVIDly Awesome campus!!
AVID OHS Senior Trip
Permian AVID Students Go Virtual!!
The next AVID Virtual College Fair is scheduled for Friday, March 4th. Don't forget to sign up!
FAFSA Season for Seniors!!
Featured WICOR Strategy - Strategies For ALL Students
Collaboration - Carousel Brainstorm
The C in WICOR is collaboration. Collaboration is at the center of WICOR and the AVID curriculum, and remains a critical component of AVID’s instructional methodology. Collaboration allows students to grow and learn from one another, support one another, and appropriately challenge themselves and their peers to stretch beyond their limits—stepping out of their comfort zones if need be—in order to broaden their own understanding and worldviews.
A Carousel Brainstorm is a collaborative structure that encourages students to build upon one another's ideas, with maximum participation. The teacher writes a different topic, question or quotation (based on a previous or upcoming unit) at the top of several chart papers and posts them around the room. Students rotate to each poster in groups and respond to each topic. It is helpful to assign each group a different color of marker, to differentiate each group’s contributions. Students review the ideas already on the chart and add their own. Once all the posters have been visited, students complete a Gallery Walk to review all the posters and discuss the ideas added by the other groups.
This and other high engagement strategies are found in AVID Critical Thinking and Engagement: A Schoolwide Approach book still available for download on AVID.org. Login is required.
Online Reading Resource
The ECISD AVID Department has ensured that each Elementary, Middle and High School has a unique password to access AVID Weekly. Contact your campus AVID coordinator to get your password. This valuable resource can be shared with all content and grade level teachers. Since it is web-based, AVID Weekly is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to www.avidweekly.org for more information.
Articles/Lessons in AVID Elementary Weekly:
- A KWLA activity idea on Farmers Market Fruits and Vegetables suitable for K-2
- A Critical Reading Model lesson on Oceans change; sea life shifts for students in 3-6
- A 3-column notes and inquiry activity idea on the Health Benefits of Cocoa for students in 5-8
Articles/Lessons in AVID Weekly for Secondary:
- Major food-borne illness charts - Image
- "College: What's the difference between IB and AP classes?" - Intermediate Article
- "Guilty of being a juvenile" - Instructional Model Lesson with embedded ELL scaffolds