AVID Elementary

AVID Elementary helps give all students learn academic behaviors and critical-thinking skills that will benefit them as they continue their educational pathway. AVID strategies help students learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy. In addition, AVID Elementary students are taught to take structured notes and answer and ask high-level questions that go beyond routine answers.

Many District 833 schools cover their walls with college pennants and banners to encourage students to think about their college and career plans. Through these conversations college and careers are no longer foreign concepts, and teachers provide the academic foundation students need to be on a path for college and career success. 

WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) strategies are used as a part of our AVID Elementary curriculum.


Writing to Learn 

Writing to Learn strategies are short and informal writing tasks that allow students to express their thinking, reflect on their learning, and make connections to academic content. Two and three-column notes are examples of structured forms of note-taking, which prepare students to self-study and peer review, which are vital skills and practices. AVID Quick Writes, summaries, and reflections are elementary strategies.

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Inquiry is the creation of a learner who will think deeply about content in order to arrive at a more complete level of understanding. Inquiry in classrooms fosters an environment where students question, analyze, discuss, and construct a greater understanding of the world around them and the content being studied.

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Collaboration builds a foundation of trust in the classroom and increases student engagement. Students deepen their understanding of content through discussions and interacting with their peers.

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Organization includes managing materials as well as time-management and self- management. Organization is an essential skill that needs to be developed and fostered within each student. Organization may include a binder, agenda/planner, time management skills, and backwards mapping skills.

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Reading to Learn

Reading focuses on critical reading strategies that teach students to comprehend before, during, and after reading both fiction and non-fiction texts. Successful students apply many reading strategies at once. Readers need to know not just what the text says, but how and why the author is saying it.