WICOR Wednesday

Puterbaugh Middle School Volume 1.1

What is WICOR Wednesday?

AVID is a college-preparatory elective at Puterbaugh Middle School. One of the main tenets of the AVID system is the use of WICOR strategies which integrate Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading into the curriculum. On Wednesdays, I send out information on a WICOR strategy that you can integrate into your classroom. Most of these ideas come from the AVID Library of resources, which you are free to access anytime in the Puterbaugh Middle School Data Room. The AVID Library has resources for each core curriculum area as well as general ideas that can be integrated into any classroom.

AVID Site Team Meeting

If you are interested in learning more about AVID and how to help with this amazing group of college bound students, please join us on Wednesday, 9/2/2015, in the library at 7:15 a.m for our first Site Team Meeting of the year! We will be discussing how using the AVID system schoolwide is positively impacting the culture of MHS and how we can continue to build on this momentum. We are planning for lots more parent involvement and future events that will insure this is an awesome year! The Puterbaugh AVID Site Team meets the 1st Wednesday of every month. We would love to have you join us!

This Week's Topic: Reflection Grid

One of the most important parts of learning that is often overlooked is the use of reflection time in our classroom. There are many ways you can encourage students to reflect on their learning, such as a Learning Log, Exit Ticket, etc, but one method we encourage you to try this year is the Reflection Grid. Some teachers use this strategy as a “post-it note exit ticket”, but it would also be a great tool to use with students after an assessment or quiz. Don't forget the reflection process. . . it is a critical element of student success!

So. . . . Tell me more! How do I use it in my classroom?

Materials Needed: Reflection Grid (see image below)

You could have the image enlarged to a poster (did you know they can do that at Staples pretty inexpensively?). You could also project the image on your board for students to write in their notebook, print it on the back of your paper assessment, or create a Google Form for students to complete online. If you would like help doing that please let us know! The possibilities are endless!

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About Us

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a school wide transformational effort focused on leadership, systems, instruction and culture, and is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school. AVID-trained educators teach students academic and social skills to help them develop the habits and behaviors needed to succeed in rigorous curriculum. The AVID College Readiness System is a catalyst for developing a school culture that closes the expectation and opportunity gaps many students face, and prepares all students for success in a global society. The AVID system is tailored to the needs of this diverse group of students, and it works for them because:
  • AVID offers the intensive support students need to succeed in rigorous courses.
  • AVID uses Socratic Methods and study groups that specifically target the needs of under-achieving students.
  • The role of teacher is redefined from lecturer to advocate and guide. The role of counselor changes from gate-keeper to facilitator.
  • All AVID instructional strategies are based on research.
  • AVID is a SCHOOLWIDE initiative at Puterbaugh Middle School.

Please let a site team member know if you'd like more information on any of the schoolwide practices and strategies. #WeAreMcAlester #AVIDBuffs

Want to Know More?

Feel free to come by and check out the AVID Library anytime you are free or talk to any of our awesome AVID Site Team Members. If you’ve used this strategy or one similar to it, please share so we can add it to our instructional tool belt!! Take pictures and send them to me! Would love to document and share the exciting, student centered learning that is happening in your room!

Thanks for all you do! Happy Wednesday!