Home      Organizing Induction      Improving Practice   

Tools and resources

Tools and resources are the heart of the ASSIST website. Few professionals work harder than beginning teachers. These tools and resources are intended to help you work smarter! Primarily, this involves four objectives:

  1. Developing a working knowledge of the standards and best practices in our profession
  2. Planning teaching carefully and thoroughly
  3. Monitoring our practice and reflecting on the results, particularly student learning
  4. Forming a community of practice with one's colleagues and helping each other implement these objectives

ASSIST Tools and resources are designed to help beginning teachers work smarter by focusing on these four types of activities. This chart explains the difference between tools and resources:

 

Description

Examples

ASSIST Tool

A document requiring ‘thought work'--reflecting on and applying new knowledge to one’s teaching practice. The tools invite you to take up a pencil and interact with them--hopefully with a mentor and/or other colleagues. Many tools are sample forms, letters and handouts that teachers can modify and adapt to their own use.

Tool: Refining and teaching routines to promote learning

Tool: What does "family" mean?

Tool: Assessing our learning

ASSIST Resource

Provides insightful information and/or documents that can be used in the school or classroom contexts to enhance teaching and learning—such as sample lessons and rubrics; sources for additional information; lists of guidelines, questions or suggestions.

Volunteer orientations

Types of discussions

Involving socially and culturally diverse students


In summary, the purpose of ASSIST Tools and resources is to...

  1. Focus on critical problems of practice embedded in teachers’ work;
  2. Provide ways to develop progressive gains in beginning teachers’ knowledge, skills and confidence;
  3. Offer contexts for teachers to ask their own questions, engage in inquiry around their own questions and reflect on new understandings about subject matter, teaching and students' learning;
  4. Direct attention to student learning and assessment of student learning;
  5. Place learning at the center of teaching;
  6. Encourage collaborative work among educators in a community of practice that is focused on professional learning about real-world issues and problems.