• AWOW


     This week's Academic Word is EVALUATE.


         The Academic Word of the Week is a program begun here at AGW about 6 years ago.  The goal of the program is to familiarize students with technical terminology that they will see in academic life, such as textbooks and standardized testing.  The purpose is also to ensure that students gain understanding of the work in an academic, or school, context.  Since its inception, the program has spread county-wide and is used at each of SCPS' middle schools.

         As the school year progresses, you will see new words with their definitions appear down below.  These are the weekly words that will be used throughout the school that week.  The AWOW Program runs from 25 September 2017 until 9 April 2018.  Enjoy!

AWOW Terms for 2017-18

2017-18 Academic Words of the Week
  • Evaluate - To form an opinion about how good, useful, or successful something is.

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 4/9/2018
    The word of the week for this week is EVALUATE, which means to form an opinion about how good, useful, or successful something is.  In years past, this has been a difficult word for many of our students to understand.  We evaluate something when we determine the value of it.  How would we evaluate the Word or the Week program?  Is it working or not?  Is it helping students better understand what these words mean when they see them in questions or directions?  If not, what can we do to make it better?
     
    We evaluate our students and actually give them grades, based on our evaluation.  Students self-evaluate themselves, and if they find themselves not doing well, they sometimes quit trying.  We need to help students evaluate their strengths and learn how to use them to improve their weak areas.  We also need to evaluate arguments used in support of or against issues of today, as well as the accuracy of the news we are seeing, hearing, or reading about.
     
    Have fun EVALUATING how relaxing your Spring Break was when you return!
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  • Spring Break - Enjoy yourselves!

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 4/2/2018
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  • Assess - To form an opinion after careful thought.

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 3/26/2018
    Our word of the week for this week is ASSESS, which means to form an opinion after careful thought.  We assess our efforts and our products to determine if they meet with our approval.  Hopefully, our 8th grade students assessed their writing for the SOLs, and revised it as necessary.  We assess our students as we teach to guide us as we plan future lessons.  Students should learn to assess their own work, so they can learn what they need to do to make it better.
     
     
    Have fun assessing your work with your students next week.
     
     
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  • Inquire - To ask for information.

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 3/19/2018
    Our word for this week is INQUIRE, which means to ask for information.  We make inquiries all the time into the reason why something works, or why someone did what he did.  I have been told that I am too inquisitive, and as a former social worker, that was part of my job.  Inquiry based lessons are considered relevant and motivating to students.  Our students need to learn to be more inquisitive and know how to ask good questions and find the answers.
     
    Have fun inquiring into topics of interest next week with your students!
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  • Demonstrate - To show someone how to do something.

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 3/12/2018
    Our word of the week is DEMONSTRATE, which means to show someone how to do something.  Let's encourage our 8th grade students to demonstrate their writing ability on the Writing SOLs.  All of our students should be able to demonstrate their thinking, either in written, oral, or graphic forms.  Our students need to be able to demonstrate how they arrived at an answer in math, how they conducted their experiment and collected dated and analyzed the data to form a conclusion, and in history, they need to be able to demonstrate their understanding of historical events and the effect they have had on our lives today.
     
    Have fun demonstrating your understanding and thinking about the world around us.
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  • Influence - To produce a change in a person or thing.

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 3/5/2018
    Our word of the week is INFLUENCE, which means to produce a change in a person or thing.  All of us hope to influence our students to learn and to do the best they can.  They influence us by the way they respond to our instruction, and letting us know if they need help or to be challenged.  The students from the Florida school shooting are showing the world that THEY can have an huge influence on what is happening in their lives.  Different events in our students' lives influence how they approach school, learning, tests, challenges, etc.  
     
    How can we influence our students to approach challenges with a positive, confident attitude?
     
    Have fun next week influencing your students to be the best they can be!
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  • Discriminate - To recognize differences between things.

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 2/26/2018
    Our word of the week for this week is DISCRIMINATE, which means to recognize a difference between things.  Some people have discriminating tastes in clothes, food, movies, books, etc., while others of us don't really care as long as we enjoy it.  Some people, especially those of us who are ageing, have difficulty discriminating between similar sounding words or letters.  It can result in some funny moments, but also embarrassing ones.
     
    Students learn all about discrimination, which is basically treating groups of people in response to the differences we recognize in those groups.  We often assign negative connotations to those people and respond to them differently than those people who are more like us.  Hopefully, being aware of our discriminating ideas, will help us learn not to act in a discriminating manner.
     
    Have fun next week discriminating between different texts, opinions, projects, etc.
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  • Analyze - To break down into parts for detailed study.

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 2/19/2018
    I hope you have been having fun clarifying ideas and plans in your classes this week.  Our word of the week is ANALYZE, which means to break down into parts for detailed study.  Some of us analyze too much, and some not enough.  In order to better understand where our students may be getting confused, we need to analyze the results of our assessments and ask the students to clarify their thinking, so we know how to address their confusion.  We analyze the data to determine what skills we need to focus on so we can adjust out lessons accordingly.  We analyze out students work to determine who needs remediation and who would benefit from enrichment activities.  
     
    Our students need to learn how to analyze their own work, so they can make their own corrections.  Being able to analyze a situation or problem, helps to figure out the best way to handle the situation or solve the problem.
     
    Have fun analyzing your work in your classes next week.
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  • Clarify - To make something clearer or easier to understand.

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 2/12/2018
    Our word of the week for this week is CLARIFY, which means to make something clearer or easier to understand.  We are often having to clarify our directions for some students who just don't understand what they are supposed to do.  We may need to clarify our instructions or any changes we have made to the schedule.  Students need to be able to clarify their thoughts and their arguments when writing.  Students need to learn to ask for clarification when they are confused.  Many of them just accept the fact that they are confused and don't ask for help.
     
    Have fun Clarifying your lessons for your students next week!
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  • Summarize - To state briefly giving only the most important information.

    Posted by Dave Bennett on 2/5/2018
    Our word of the week for this week is SUMMARIZE, which means to state briefly, giving only the most important information.  This is a very important skill for our students to learn.  Many of our students confuse retelling with summarizing.  When they retell what they read, heard, or saw, they often begin with details that have little relevance to the main idea of the article, conversation, of movie they are talking about.  Summarizing means they can identify what is most important and state briefly the main idea or what was most important of what they read, heard, or saw.  Instead of providing a lot of details, students need to condense the details into a category that would include them.  
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