The ASOT Reflection
Region 9 High Reliability Schools-Sept/Oct 2019
How is it October already?
- Mindfulness in Education
- 4 Reasons Why Mindfulness Is So Important in the Classroom
- Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People
To find some strategies to incorporate mindfulness in the classroom, check out these sites and use the resources below:
Research is beginning to show the importance of allowing students to struggle, and that's where growth mindset can play a big role. Growth mindset isn't about praise or effort; it is about teaching students that the brain is "capable of overcoming the challenges it faces in new areas of learning" (Twig Education). When we think about students long-term goals, this type of thinking should be first and foremost.
Find videos, activities, and discussion guides to promote a growth mindset in your students.
You've got questions...we've got answers!
If you have any questions for this section, please let us know by emailing Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 43 elements. That's a lot! How do we do ALL of that at once?
The short answer is you don't. The Art and Science of Teaching is designed to provide teachers with a resource of over 330 specific instructional strategies embedded in the form of forty-three elements.
"Instructional strategies are best likened to techniques an artist might develop and refine over years of practice. The artist then uses these techniques to create works that are not only unique and complex but elegantly focused. The more skill the artist exhibits with available techniques, the better his or her creations. Likewise, the more skill the classroom teacher has with the instructional strategies that research and theory have uncovered over the decades, the better the teacher will be able to create lessons that optimize student learning."
Dr. Robert Marzano
Ideally, you would choose one or two elements that you would focus on at a time. Many teachers incorporate their chosen ASOT element into their TTESS goal. Some teachers have used the ASOT Self Audit to rate themselves on all of the elements and narrow down which element(s) on which they would like to work.
Once you know your focus, you can reach out to us here at Region 9 for more resources and guidance in that element. We'd love to help!
Why does ASOT mean more observations?
The HRS/ASOT team is here to help you improve and meet your personal goals. We can help you with goal-setting for the year (TTESS and ASOT) and give you strategies to support you in reaching that goal. We can also assist in lesson planning, model strategies you would like to see, and give you feedback when you are ready to implement those strategies yourself! If there are other teachers teaching an element or lesson that you would like to see, we can help facilitate instructional rounds for you. The HRS team hopes that you will see us as a teammate in your growth and welcome these visits as a chance to grow. We look forward to coming to your campuses and seeing you all this year!
Do I need to collect evidence on the ASOT elements like we do for the HRS indicators?
In the High Reliability Schools framework, schools seeking certification collect evidence for each of the leading indicators to show the school's efforts in meeting that statement of expectation. However, in The Art and Science of Teaching, there is no certification and therefore no need to collect evidence.
In saying that, though, you'll want to track your progress as you work on implementing new strategies as a way to show your professional growth. This would make great evidence to use during your T-TESS evaluation process.
We have some different templates and ideas you can utilize for tracking your progress. Take a look at this tutorial on Setting Goals for more resources.
As for resources to help you reach your goals (when they align with elements in ASOT), check out our site: bit.ly/R9HRS (Resources>Resources by the Elements). See below for more information!