The ASOT Reflection

Region 9 High Reliability Schools-January 2018

Happy New Year!

For many of us, the new year brings new resolutions. While those goals can be a powerful catalyst for change, it isn't enough to make the goal.

Let's be honest, one of the most common goals is to lose weight/get fit. We diet and exercise; we track our progress. Many of us are successful. But what happens if we return to our old ways? We gain it all back or lose our new level of fitness!

Our professional goals can be the same way. Most of you set goals for yourself (whether for ASOT or T-TESS) at the beginning of the year. We want to make sure you are successful. This month is a great time to reassess those goals and your progress toward meeting them.

One way you can do that is to use the reflective scales found in Becoming a Reflective Teacher (or online) to check and see how you are doing with your specific goals. You can record your assessment on the teacher progress chart. If you feel like you've met your original goals, complete the self-audit again to choose a new goal. We want to keep moving forward!

Reflective Guides

You'll have to be signed in to the Marzano Research site to access these reproducibles.

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Make a Plan

Once you know your goal for this semester, make a plan to make it happen! One tool you can use is the ASOT Teacher Reflection Guide, which is posted in Classroom (or in the Drive folder shared with those of you who can't access the classroom). Inside, you'll find an action planning template that will help you reach your goals. This can also serve as great evidence for T-TESS!
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Breaking Down Learning Goals

Several teachers in our region have worked on having students break down the learning goals, something we discussed at the last ASOT training. Harley James, a 3rd grade math teacher at Fain Elementary, has her students color code the learning goal. In the picture on the left you can see that the blue words are the verbs, the purple words are the vocabulary, the pink words are the ways they will show it, and the boxed words are the method that will be used that day.
At City View Elementary, two 6th grade teachers on the ASOT team, Amanda Aucoin and Krysten Brewer have worked with the learning goals as well. They've found that students have taken ownership of the goals after dissecting the goals for verbs, prior knowledge and new knowledge. This has spread to other teachers on campus as well. In the picture on the right, you can see 5th grade ELAR teacher Lisa Holden's learning goals that students analyzed and put in more student-friendly terms. She says students have really engaged with the learning goals because of this and refer to the goals throughout the unit.
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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.

HRS Framework

Some of you are trying to figure out how what you have learned in ASOT fits with what your campus or district is doing as part of the High Reliability Schools framework. We wanted to give you a quick overview of what the HRS levels are and how ASOT ties in to that.

There are 5 levels in the HRS framework, the first three of which are supported by Region 9 and the Priddy Foundation Grant. Take a moment to watch the video for a quick look at these levels.

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