The ASOT Reflection

Region 9 High Reliability Schools-August 2018


This is the start of a brand new year of learning for you in more ways than one! Not only are you beginning a new year of teaching your students, but you have embarked on a year of learning for yourself in the form of The Art and Science of Teaching. We couldn't be more excited to partner with you on this journey.

The Art and Science of Teaching

In the first two days of training, ASOT teachers learned about the framework of The Art and Science of Teaching. While you would never use all 43 elements at one time, we hope that this framework provides a resource for new ideas when you need them and serves as validation of what you already do.
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Growth Goals

Just as we tell our students that there's always room for improvement, we know that teachers can always learn a new thing or two. Even though the beginning of the year can be hectic, we hope that you have taken a few minutes to develop a goal for yourself this year. If you haven't had the chance to do so, you might complete the self-audit found on our website to help you narrow your choices.

Once you have an idea as to which element you'd like to focus, be sure to write out a goal that you can track. You want to be able to show progress! In order to do that, consider the example below.

We would love for you to share this goal with your R9 support staff. We want to help you reach your goal and can offer resources, support and guidance throughout the year directly related to this goal.

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Student Engagement

If you'll recall from your first session of ASOT, engagement consists of four parts: paying attention, being energized, being intrigued and being inspired. One of the new elements added in the revision of the ASOT elements actually addresses the last element of engagement: Element 32: Motivating and Inspiring Students.

One of the ways you can motivate students is to help them to create their own academic goals, much like the goal you've set for yourself for the year. In fact, sharing your goal with students allows them to see learning as a process that is ongoing.

Another way to motivate and inspire students is to encourage a growth mindset, which goes right along with meeting those goals. It's important for students to understand that failure is a part of learning and success and that challenges are a normal part of achievement.

An additional strategy to motivate and inspire students is to help them connect to the content in purposeful and meaningful ways.

Below you'll find some resources to help you motivate and inspire your students. Some will be familiar, while others may give you ideas to try.

Motivating and Inspiring Students

Take a look at resources provided by Marzano Research in connection to the book Motivating and Inspiring Students.

Academic Goals

Student Goal Examples

Greeley-Evans School District 6 in Colorado has put together a sample list of goals students might write.

Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset Resources

Here you'll find information, videos and other resources about teaching growth mindset.

Meaningful Connections

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We are so excited to launch our new website this year. You can find it at There is a tab just for you as an ASOT teacher complete with files and documents that will help you reach your goals. Take a few minutes to explore the site. Be sure to let us know if we can add anything that would be especially helpful for you!
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ASOT in Action Submissions

We know you work hard to try new things and to be the best teacher you can be. We want to celebrate all that you do and share what is working in classrooms across our region. If you have tried an ASOT element and think others could benefit from the idea, please consider taking a few pictures or even a video and submitting them to us to be included in future newsletters or other shared resources.

You can use the form below for easy submission of your photos and/or videos or you can email them to with a brief explanation of what you tried and what you thought of the strategy.

Coming Up!

Group 1 ASOT

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 9am to Friday, Sep. 21st, 4pm

1000 5th Street

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #308516 will be part 2 of your ASOT training.

***Special Note: Sept. 20 will be held at the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall in the MPEC. Sept. 21 will be held at Region.

Group 2 ASOT

Tuesday, Sep. 25th, 9am to Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 4pm

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #308518 will be part 2 of your ASOT training.

Group 3 ASOT

Tuesday, Sep. 18th, 9pm

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session # 308530 will be part 1 of the ASOT training for this group.

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