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Eagle Point Middle School AVID

Mrs. Yant - Room 206

 

 About the AVID Elective

AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a career and college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college and beyond. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.

WICOR is an acronym for strategies used in AVID classrooms. The letters stand for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading. Scroll down to learn more.

 
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Writing

Good student writers consider their audience and purpose, engage in various writing processes to address specific situations, support their thinking, and demonstrate understanding. The AVID curriculum supports writing through the use of:

  • Interactive Notebooks

  • Note-taking Strategies

  • Processing Notes

  • Learning Logs

  • Quickwrites and Reflections

  • Writing Process

  • Peer Evaluation

  • Authentic Writing

 
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Inquiry

Students who inquire analyze and synthesize materials or ideas, clarify their own thinking, probe other's thinking, and work through ambiguity. The AVID curriculum supports inquiry through the use of:

  • Skilled Questioning Techniques

  • Critical Thinking

  • Costa's Levels of Thinking

  • Socratic Seminars

  • Tutorials

  • Investigations

  • Questions to Guide Research

 
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Collaboration

Students who collaborate work together toward a common goal, develop positive interdependence, communicate effectively, work in focused study groups (Tutorials), and support the learning of others through inquiry. The AVID curriculum supports collaboration through the use of:


  • Tutorials

  • Socratic Seminars

  • Philosophical Chairs

  • Team-building Activities

  • Projects

  • Peer Editing

  • Service Learning Projects

 
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Organization

Students who are organized develop and use processes, procedures, and tools to study effectively. They manage their time through prioritizing and goal setting. They are prepared for courses, participate during instruction, and interact with teachers. They self-direct, self-evaluate, self-monitor, and self-advocate. The AVID curriculum supports organization through the use of: 

  • Binders and other organizational tools

  • Calendars, planners, and agendas

  • Graphic Organizers

  • Focused note-taking system

  • Tutorials & Study Groups

  • Project Planning and Goal Setting

 
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Reading

Students who critically read understand text structures, apply prior knowledge, and make connections to other texts, themselves, and the world. They make predictions and ask questions as they read. They annotate the text​ and create visual images.

  • Critical Reading Strategies

  • Note-Taking and Text Annotation

  • Graphic Organizers

  • Vocabulary Building

  • Summarizing

 
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