The ASOT Reflection
Region 9 High Reliability Schools-Nov/Dec 2018
Strategy Spotlight: Element 11
This element includes a variety of strategies, which you can find in the compendium:
- Identifying Errors of Faulty Logic, Attack, Weak Reference, and Misinformation
- Finding Errors in the Media
- Examining Support for Claims
- Judging Reasoning and Evidence in an Author’s Work
- Identifying Statistical Limitations
- Anticipating Student Errors
- Avoiding Unproductive Habits of Mind (which you can find more information about below)
It's important to note that these are critical thinking skills. Because of that, younger students may not be developmentally ready to complete all of these tasks. However, that does not mean that younger students are not capable of examining errors in reasoning. In fact, it is equally important to teach younger students to look at the possibilities of errors in order to develop this skill as they grow.
Habits of Mind
In order to use these habits of mind, here are the teacher actions and desired student responses suggested by Marzano:
• Presenting students with various productive habits of mind
• Exemplifying unproductive habits of mind as the antithesis of productive habits of mind
• Providing opportunities for students to analyze whether they are exhibiting productive or
unproductive habits of mind
Desired Student Responses
• Explaining the difference between productive and unproductive habits of mind
• Identifying examples of productive and unproductive habits of mind
An excerpt from Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind, edited by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick
Tracking Student Progress
You've got questions...we've got answers!
Keep in mind that we do not intend for you to use all 43 elements at once, regardless of the age of your students. In saying that, each of these elements is like a bucket. There are dozens of strategies within each bucket that you can choose based on your student and content needs. In other words, these aren't cookie cutter strategies. What one element looks like in one classroom will look totally different in another.
What does practicing and deepening look like in early elementary?
Where do centers fit in?
Centers are a great way to review/enrich learning. Use data from your informal assessments to guide what type of centers/stations you will create. Keep in mind that you do not have to make it through each center/station each day. You do want to have a plan to monitor what is happening in centers/stations, including the use of online resources. The link below discusses the various structures of blended learning.
It might be important to clarify the terminology centers and stations. Centers tend to refer to those areas of an early learning classroom (i.e. imaginative play), while stations usually refer to a set time/location in class where the teacher has created and developed a specific practice activity for a key skill (i.e. a vocabulary game). Districts and campuses might want to clarify the terminology so that there is less confusion.
In the case of centers in an early learning classroom, certain ASOT elements naturally fit with the type of student behaviors in those centers. For example, a center on weather might be making use of Element 21: Elaborating on Information if the teacher has previously taught the concepts. A center where students journal (with pictures or words) what they are learning might be using Element 8: Recording and Representing Content. The use of centers in general builds on many of the elements within the Engagement category.
How can I use errors in reasoning in a classroom of young learners?
Resource: R9 HRS Site
ASOT in Action Submissions
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Thursday, Dec. 6th, 9am to Friday, Dec. 7th, 4pm
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Remember that these dates are revision to the original calendar and replace the October dates that were rescheduled. Should this cause an issue for you, you may attend the third set of dates in the spring session, March 26/27, in order to complete your training in ASOT. Please let us know if you need that option.