The ASOT Reflection

Region 9 High Reliability Schools-November 2017

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Session Recap for Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4

In the past two weeks, we have seen all four groups of ASOT teams here at Region 9. Tammy, Jan, Mitzi and our very own R9 staff talked about the Addressing Content lesson segment, digging deeper into DQ 2, 3 and 4. Take a look at the strategy spotlight below for one of the most effective elements in the ASOT framework.

Strategy Spotlight

Element 17: Examining Similarities and Differences

Because Element 17: Examining Similarities and Differences has an effect size of 1.61, it deserves special attention in your classroom. Check out some of the resources below.

Why Compare and Contrast?

Take a look at section 1 of Compare and Contrast: Teaching Comparative Thinking to Strengthen Student Learning by Harvey Silver. Here you will find 5 distinct goals of using similarities and differences, as well as some examples of what this might look like.


While Wordle is a versatile tool and can be used for strategies like summarizing, it can also be used with similarities and differences. By taking two pieces of text (whether student-created or professionally authored) and entering them in Wordle, students can compare/contrast the word art that is created.
Element 17: Examining Similarities and Differences

Up Next?

Let's get those goals!

As we have mentioned at our ASOT sessions, our goal is to support you in implementing these ASOT elements in your own classroom. However, our work will be more meaningful if we know what it is YOU want to try. If you have already created a goal that aligns with ASOT, please let your R9 contact know so that the feedback and support we provide can be targeted and specific.

An easy way to do this is to fill out the Reflection Guide in Google Classroom (or the shared folder if you are at a campus that can't access Classroom) and turn it in. No, it's not for a grade! However, it does allow us to see your goals and offer our input. Don't worry. We'll return it so that you can continue using the guide.

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Group 1 Next Session

Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 9am to Wednesday, Nov. 29th, 4pm

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #273365 is a two-day session November 28 and 29.

This will be your LAST ASOT session!

Group 2 Next Session

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 9am to Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 4pm

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #273369 will be held December 5-6.

This will be your LAST ASOT session!

Group 3 and 4 Next Session

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 9am to Friday, Dec. 8th, 4pm

301 Texas 11 Loop

Wichita Falls, TX

Session #274572 is for Group 3 schools.

Session #274574 is for Group 4 schools.

This is your LAST ASOT session!

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