Will YOU accept the WICOR Challenge?
How do I take the One-Week WICOR Challenge?
I’m glad you asked. Simply make a chart, one for each prep you teach, with the days of the week and the five parts of WICOR on it (or you can use mine here). As you go through your week, take note of when and how you address each of the five areas.
Find out how... read more below!!
This link will take you to a printable handout listing many aspects of WICOR, just in case you want some clarification of the types of strategies that fall under each category.
What do I do with this once I’m finished?
You don’t have to do anything with it. The AVID police aren’t going to storm your classroom to ask for verification of your WICOR activity. What I’d suggest, however, is that you use the chart as a self-diagnostic to guide you in planning for your class. It's intended to make you more aware of the strategies you are using--and not using-- as you're teaching.
Good instruction addresses all areas of WICOR, but some teachers have a hard time including all of them in their lessons. If you notice that you’ve had two days in a row with no student collaboration, perhaps it’s time to work in an activity--big or small--that allows students to talk with a partner or trio. If you discover that students seldom write in your class, consider asking students to write a few sentences to summarize what they’re learning and hand it in as an exit card. When test time rolls around, if you’re not doing it already, think about helping students understand how to study for your course--an act that involves organization of time, materials, and content as well as inquiry.
When I last did the challenge, writing was my weak area. My students were doing plenty of structured academic talk and were routinely reading, but I hadn't taken the time to provide writing-to-learn activities to help them process what they were learning. Filling out the WICOR Challenge chart helped me identify my gap and address it more intentionally.
If you discover that you’re using a balance of WICOR strategies routinely in your class, pat yourself on the back and know that you’re helping campus efforts to take AVID schoolwide. Your students and your AVID Site Team will thank you!
ELA Instructional Specialist