The ASOT Reflection

Region 9 High Reliability Schools-October 2018

No Fear!

Trying new things in the classroom can be a little scary! However, we want to remind you that we are here to help as you implement pieces of the Art and Science of Teaching in your own classroom. That help can look different for each of you. We can model strategies, co-teach using a strategy, help plan a lesson using a strategy, or observe a lesson to give feedback. We want you to be successful in reaching your goals!

Strategy Spotlight

Let's dive into Element 20: Purposeful Homework. This one can feel a little tricky. Sometimes homework isn't helpful or effective. Sometimes our students need the extra practice.

Marzano suggests several strategies for using homework effectively:

  • Preview homework
  • Homework to deepen knowledge
  • Homework to practice a process or skill
  • Parent-assessed homework

You can also find some helpful resources about homework on our website under the resources from training sessions for ASOT.

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Resources for Homework

Here are some resources regarding the effective use of homework:

R9 Educator Self-Care

Teaching is hard! It isn't easy to take time for yourself, but it's a necessary part of ensuring your success and health as a teacher. Take a look at the blog below for ideas on how you can participate in a little self-care.

Resource: R9 HRS Site

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 or take a look at the ThingLink below for a tour of the site. Be sure to let us know if we can add anything that would be especially helpful for you!
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Holliday Middle School: Kimberly Cornsilk

Holliday Middle School 6th grade ELA teacher Kimberly Cornsilk mixes the element of physical movement with the design area of relationships to open class in a fun way. She uses to connect with students and start the day on a positive note.

Click on the picture to see her class in action!

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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 3 ASOT

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 9am to Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 4pm

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #308532 will be part 2 of the ASOT training for this group.

Please note that the October 16/17 dates had to be rescheduled due to conflicts. The November 13/14 dates will cover Part 2 of ASOT, and the third part of ASOT will now be addressed December 6/7 (Session #346808). 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.

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