Approaching Teaching: Week of November 4, 2018

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What is your learning mission?

MISSION: Data Devotee

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How to create effective charts and diagrams

Learn and Earn

Create Effective Charts and Diagrams. This one-hour lesson covers how to make the key points in your charts and graphs stand out. Learn about the types of conceptual diagrams you can use to visualize your information. Learn more here. Giving 100% to the Bottom 25%. You get plenty of data from your assessments, but are you using it to support growth and set a path toward achievement for every student? In this webinar, you’ll learn how to use MAP® Growth™ data to identify students at-risk academically and support their learning by designing relevant interventions in conjunction with MTSS and RTI. By developing appropriate interventions and measuring progress toward growth goals, your school or district can use data to make better decisions for students at every level. Wednesday, November 7, 8:00 p.m. AST. Register here.

MISSION: Feedback Fanatic

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Common Formative Assessments. Common formative assessments are fundamental to the work of a professional learning team. It is impossible to relentlessly question the value of instructional practices without collecting reliable evidence on the impact that those practices are having on learners.  Use this handout to develop three potential assessment questions for one of the essential learning targets that your team has decided to teach to your students. Ongoing Self-Assessment. Learn more here about how a teaching team is moving away from traditional grading and assessment practices to encourage students to reflect on and document their progress.

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Redos, Retakes, and Full Credit. A conversation with Rick Wormeli.

Learn and Earn

Assignments and Feedback. The assignments and feedback course explores how to create, assign, post, and grade assignments in Teams. Recommended time: approximately 2 hours.

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator

Learn and Earn

DP Free Trial Course. In this free single session course from Edtrove, you will get an overview of IBDP concepts with contextual examples. The course chunks and covers some core elements of the diploma programme. The content for the course was written by practicing IB educators who offer real tools and tips on how to teach the IB in your classroom. Edtrove Courses. Edtrove is a learning company whose aim is to create educational experiences that resonate with diverse learners across multiple environments. IBTROVE is their product offering aimed at providing solutions for the 5000+ IB schools all over the world. Explore their online learning catalogue to discover subject-specific MYP/DP courses, which include: DP Business, Economics, and Literature; MYP I&S, Math, and Science. Cost: $149 per course. MYP Free Trial Course. In this free single session course from Edtrove, you will get an overview of MYP concepts with contextual examples. The course chunks and covers some core elements of the Middle Years Programme. The content for the course was written by practicing IB educators who offer real tools and tips on how to teach the IB in your classroom. #TeachSDGs. This free short course is designed for educators and all those who would like to teach children and young people about the Sustainable Development Goals, commonly known as the Global Goals. It is intended to support the teaching of the World’s Largest Lesson and all other efforts to educate and engage children and young people so that they support the Sustainable Development Goals and want to turn their support into action. Estimated completion time: approximately 1 hour. Tuition-Free Master’s of Education. The IB has collaborated with the University of the People and launched a tuition-free, online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) programme. The M.Ed. offers teachers and schools across the world an opportunity to further their careers, regardless of where they live and teach. Find out more here. Apply here to begin as early as January 2019.

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast

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Leveled Texts. What are the best ways to use leveled texts? In this episode of the Cult of Pedagogy podcast, Jennifer Gonzalez interviews Jen Serravallo about the best ways to use leveled texts in the classroom. Real Writing. How can we rethink writing instruction to support students in writing authentic pieces about real world issues that matter to them? How can we move beyond the “old school essay” and invite students to write compositions that reflect what we see in real world writing? These are the questions the authors address in the book Real Writing: Modernizing the Old School Essay. Listen to this episode of the NWP Radio podcast to hear about this book and the practical strategies the coauthors have used to engage their students in civically engaged writing. Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way? Read this opinion piece from The New York Times to learn more about how teacher preparation programs continue to ignore the sound science behind how people become readers. Why I Write. In this episode of the Why I Write podcast, Grant Faulkner, the executive director of National Novel Writing Month, talks about how he enjoys challenging himself when he writes. If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo (as it is known by), every November tens of thousands of people from around the world take to their keyboards with the goal of writing a 50,000-word draft of a novel before they flip the calendars to December.

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Award-Winning Young Adult Books. In this article in English Journal, Bryan Gillis (Kennesaw State University) names six young-adult books that came out on top in the annual Honors List selection process. Gillis believes they all belong in ELA classrooms.
Five Alternatives to Reading Logs
Interview with Donalyn Miller. In this interview with Larry Ferlazzo in Education Week Teacher, author/educator Donalyn Miller talks about her book, Reading in the Wild,and her thoughts on reading instruction. #NaNoWriMo. November is National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo). Every November tens of thousands of people from around the world take to their keyboards with the goal of writing a 50,000-word draft of a novel before they flip the calendars to December. In addition to all the National Day on Writing resources that are available the #NaNoWritMo team also provide a NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program that has everything teachers would need to spend the month of November writing with their students. All of this is completely free to those who want to use it. Note-taking: A Research Roundup. In this article from Cult of Pedagogy, Jennifer Gonzalez reports on her perusal of three decades of research on the best way for students to take notes. Polarization on Reading Instruction. In this online article, Daniel Willingham (University of Virginia) responds to an article by Emily Hanford in the October 28th New York Times (see “Struggling Readers” below) taking one side in the perennial debate between phonics and “whole language.” Willingham invites us to look at six statements about learning to read. Struggling Readers. Struggling readers need precisely what good readers receive—lots of high-success reading experiences. Learn more about what teachers can do here.

Learn and Earn

Re-imagine the Writing Process. Successful writers are not born. They learn by doing. They develop, practice, reflect. They receive feedback and grow. Therefore, teaching students the writing process is as important as the technical components of writing. The process helps students learn how to grow from a good writer to a great one. Because of the proliferation of digital and print, the need for effective communication is no longer confined to the humanities classes. Instead, to be college and career ready, it is important for students to be able to communicate clearly and persuasively with a variety of audiences and subjects. In this free course learn about various Microsoft tools that help students throughout the writing process and learn how to use Microsoft tools to provide effective and timely feedback to students. Estimated completion time: approximately 1 hour.

MISSION: Mastery Learning Master

MISSION: Math Maven

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Be the Math Teacher You Wish You Had. In this episode of the Class in session the host interviews a Math Instructional Coach and they talk about improving Math education. The conversation begins around 7:00.
Teachers are products of the same system we are trying to change. Tracy Zager, author of Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had

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Computational Thinking. Computing is pervasive, changing how and where people work, collaborate, communicate, shop, eat, travel, learn and quite simply, live. This article explains more about what computational thinking is and suggests that computational thinking may very well be the fifth ‘C’ of 21st century skills. Global Education in Math. Celebrate mathematics’ universal foundations and inspire student interest and positive attitudes toward math through integrating global education. Learn more here. Math Teachers’ Circles. This blog post from Mindshift explores why it is important for teachers to practice being in the learner’s seat. Math teachers’ circles help educators to remember why they love math.

Learn and Earn

Math Notes in OneNote. Imagine a world where you can ensure that every student has the ability to see the steps to solve an equation anytime they need. No need to imagine any more! The OneNote Math button will empower your students to be independent learners. The math button not only helps students know if the equation is correct but it also shows the steps needed to solve an equation. In this free course educators learn how to empower students to be independent learners through the use of the math button in OneNote. Estimated completion time: approximately 1 hour. Workshop for Primary Math Teachers. This workshop is designed to empower teachers to apply the principles and practice of inquiry to the discipline of Mathematics through exploring Mathematical skills and concepts. March 2019, Bangkok, Thailand: Learn more | Register.

MISSION: Teacher Leader

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Coaching Essentials. Learn more about what coaching looks like in practice. Every coach works a little bit differently, and every school’s expectation of what coaches do is different. However, there are some critical common elements that are worth prioritizing. This self-paced course is available for $27 from Edurolearning. Recommended time: approximately 1 – 3 hours. Questions for Colleagues. In this article from Leadership Freak, Dan Rockwell says the right questions make people pause and wonder. “Your eyes go to the ceiling,” he says. “Your brain lights up.” Well-framed questions ignite curiosity, uncover new insights, generate positive energy, and get people thinking about vision and values and looking over the horizon. Successful Teams. Building, supporting, and encouraging teamwork is important to any organization. The key elements to successful teamwork are trust, communication and effective leadership; a focus on common goals with a collective responsibility for success (or failure). Read more here about the five key factors to managing successful teams.

Learn and Earn

ECIS Leadership Conference 2019. The ECIS Leadership conference takes place each April, and is aimed at international and independent school leaders, be they middle or senior leaders, Heads, Governors, or proprietors. This extremely popular conference focuses on effective leadership, and covers areas such as instructional Leadership, Business Leadership, Community Leadership, and leading and supporting students and adults. April 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal: Register your interest here! ECIS Middle Leader Certificate. This core module, The Culture of Leadership, focuses on the unique and crucial aspect of effective operation of international teacher leadership at the middle level. January 2019 in Hannover, Germany: Learn more | Register. March 2019 in Ho Chi Min City, Viet Nam: Learn more | Register. Sneak-PEAK. Present at the AIS Sneak-PEAK event on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Sneak-PEAK is an opportunity for educators at AIS to present to their colleagues and administrators in preparation for the PEAK (Professional Educators Around Kuwait) conference February 2, 2019. AIS teacher-led workshops can also be considered for submission to the NESA Spring Educators Conference, which takes place in Bangkok, March 29 – 31, 2019. Candidates of AIS teacher-led workshops who are chosen and set to the NESA Spring Educators Conference must be contractually committed to AIS in 2019/20. If you have any questions, please contact the AIS PEAK representative. Submit your Sneak-PEAK workshop proposal using the form shared with AIS staff via email.

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer

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Computational Thinking. Computing is pervasive, changing how and where people work, collaborate, communicate, shop, eat, travel, learn and quite simply, live. This article explains more about what computational thinking is and suggests that computational thinking may very well be the fifth ‘C’ of 21st century skills. ISTE Standards Series. Catch the COETAIL ISTE Standards for Educator series here to learn more about how these standards promote growth and leadership. Tech-Rich Projects. In this blog post, learn three tips for planning tech-rich projects.

Learn and Earn

COETAIL. Learn more here about the COETAIL (Certificate of Educational Technology and Internet Literacy) + Tech Leadership Certificate with University of Kentucky. The spring semester COETAIL Online 11 cohort is open for registration! The Connected Teacher. This academic-year-long online mentorship program includes 25 weeks of course content learning (divided into 4 key themes for a connected classroom) that is immediately applicable to your own school setting and will enable you to deepen the learning experience for your students. Highly experienced and approachable mentors provide ongoing support via weekly emails, regular video conference meetings, and forum feedback. Find out more about this Edurolearning micro-credential here. Getting Started with OneNote. In this free course, learn how OneNote is organized and how to quickly find materials within notebooks, learn how to create, add, and share pages and content, and learn ways to utilize digital ink and the replay features within the OneNote app. Estimated completion time: approximately 1 hour. STEM Level 1. This free learning path is designed for the educator who has little or no experience using technology in the classroom to support STEM learning objectives. It provides the basic knowledge needed to start incorporating computational thinking, basic computer science, some physical computing, Minecraft and more into his or her classroom. Estimated completion time: approximately 8 hours. Teaching with Technology. In this free, self-paced course, you’ll learn about ICT tools that support student assessment needs at different stages of learning, tips to use the internet more effectively to support learning, tools to enable collaboration, and time saving productivity tips for you! Estimated completion time: approximately 3 hours. Tech-Rich Unit Development. Let Edurolearning help you design engaging and innovative technology-rich learning for your students! This self-paced course has everything you need to plan an amazing technology-unit from start to finish. Recommended time: approximately 1 – 3 hours. Special price: $27

MISSION: University Degree

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Shifting Our Schools. In this episode of the Shifting Our School podcast, listen to Lissa Layman and Jeff Utecht talk about the partnership between the COETAIL (Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy) Micro-Credential  and the University of Kentucky Educational Leadership Studies’ Certificate of Educational Technology Leadership and how this partnership is bringing together the research-based practices of a University with the practical application of COETAIL to create an amazing stackable certificate program.

Learn and Earn

Stackable graduate certificates. Learn more here about how a partnership between COETAIL and the University of Kentucky offers the opportunity to stack graduate certificates on your way to a Master’s in Education (or even Ph.D.!) from a Research 1 university. Tuition-Free Master’s of Education. The IB has collaborated with the University of the People and launched a tuition-free, online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) programme. The M.Ed. offers teachers and schools across the world an opportunity to further their careers, regardless of where they live and teach. Find out more here. Apply here to begin as early as January 2019.
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Approaching Teaching: Week of October 28, 2018

How will you grow, learn, and inquire this week?

Inquirers – Knowledgeable – Thinkers – Communicators – Principled – Open-Minded – Caring – Risk Takers – Balanced – Reflective

How do we, as educators, take responsibility for our professional growth in order to be the best educators for AIS students?

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Reflective. 2013.)


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

On the AIS Campus

November 2018

  • Sneak-PEAK. The PEAK (Professional Educators Around Kuwait) conference is an annual event for teachers in Kuwait private schools to learn from each other.  AIS teacher-led workshops can also be considered for submission to the NESA Spring Educators Conference, which takes place in Bangkok at the end of March. See your AIS email for details!

In Kuwait

February 2019

  • PEAK Conference. The Professional Educators Around Kuwait conference will take place on February 2, 2019 on the American United School campus in Sabah al Salem. We will be seeking AIS teachers to present workshops, so be thinking about all of the great ideas you could share with educators from Kuwait private English language schools. #risk-takers

Outside of Kuwait

November

  • Concept-Based Inquiry in Action. Rachel French and Carla Marschall have developed a model of Concept-Based Inquiry to promote transferable understanding. During this week-long workshop, Rachel will utilize the model to unpack how students develop conceptual understanding and what this looks like in the classroom. Find more information here about this 5-day workshop in Sotogrande, Spain from November 5 – 9, 2018. #inquirers
  • Developing an Inquiry Approach in Your Classroom. As schools continue to shift their focus on to developing students for an increasingly unknown future, adopting an inquiry approach to learning has never been more important. Moving away from traditional methods of direct instruction and rote learning, the inquiry approach enables students to develop their creativity, independence and problem solving skills within any curriculum or framework. Find out more about this workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 7 – 8, 2018. #communicator
  • Exploring Instruction: World Language Classrooms with Multi-Level Proficiencies. Join Dr. Virginia Rojas for a workshop that sets the stage for designing learning experiences for varying levels amongst students using the principles of proficiency-based instruction, CLIL (content and language integrated learning), progressive scaffolding, and differentiation. Find out more about this workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 13 – 14, 2018. #inquirers
  • MEIBA IB Forum. MEIBA in collaboration with Ibn Khuldoon National School – Bahrain are pleased to announce hosting an IB Forum that will be held in Bahrain November 16 – 17. Anyone can take part by attending the workshops and or lead a workshop (Best teaching practices). Meet your colleagues from other IB schools in the region, share your experience and learn! Find more information here. #inquirers
  • NESA Fall Training Institute. The FTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The FTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Cultures of Thinking, Sketchnoting, Service Learning, and more. November 2 – 3, 2018 in Amman, Jordan. #inquirers

January

  • NESA Winter Training Institute. The WTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The WTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Project-Based Learning, Close Reading, Differentiating Math Instruction, and more. January 25 – 26, 2019 in Chennai, India. #inquirers

February

  • Understanding and Fostering Collective Teacher Efficacy. Collective efficacy is about the overwhelming power that school teams have to impact change when they join together to solve problems. Join workshop leader Jenni Donohoo, Ed.D from February 22 – 23, 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Learn more here. #risk-takers
  • Teaching and Learning Mathematics Through and Inquiry Approach. February 28 – March 2, 2019. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Details here.

March

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. NESA is excited to introduce a new format designed to support deep learning through extended workshops and collaborative inquiry. The SEC supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, Writing Workshop, Service Learning, Playful Inquiry Projects in Early Childhood, and more. March 29 – 31, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. #inquirers
  • Teachers Skills Forum 2019. The Teacher Skills Forum is an annual regional event organized by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) in partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to provide teachers from the Arab world with modern and creative strategies and innovative teaching techniques. It is a platform for teachers to explore, learn, and share experiences with some of the world’s most renowned educators and scholars. The Teacher Skills Forum will take place March 9 – 10, 2019 in The Dead Sea, Jordan. Registration for the Teacher Skills Forum 2019 is now open. Register now at our Early Bird Rates and enjoy huge savings on your participation fees. #knowledgeable
  • Creating Cultures of Thinking:  The 8 forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools. March 29 – 30, 2019. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Details here. #thinkers

Summer 2019

Principal’s Training Center (PTC) Institutes Schedule. Find the schedule here that includes institutes for teachers, counselors, school leaders, principals, and more! #knowledgeable

Online

October

Seesaw. Learn more about how you can use Seesaw in your classroom through their free online training sessions. Check out the schedule and sign up here. #inquirers

November

Support feedback systems that develop strengths. In this webinar, learn more about how to provide timely and effective feedback that is actionable and helps develop student strengths on Wednesday, November 14 at 11 p.m. (AST). Unable to attend this webinar? Register anyways and you will receive a link to the recording 1-3 days after the live event. #communicators

Ongoing

Reading: Articles, blog posts, and podcasts of interest

  • Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay. Read this blog post to find out more. #communicators

I think blogging across the curriculum…allows for both formative and summative assessment. Blogs allow us to see the progression in the development of both thinking and writing. It may actually take more talent and skill to create an interesting persuasive post (or series of posts) on the French Revolution than a traditional essay.

  • Copyright and Fair Use. Can you show a Netflix video in class? The answer—like so much else related to digital copyright and fair use—is kind of a gray area. Yet if we’re asking students to consider copyrighted materials when they produce work, it makes sense for educators to practice what they preach, argues one tech director. Learn more in her simple guide to copyright in class#principled
  • Differentiation. Read this blog post to learn about three ways technology can help teachers differentiate student learning. #inquirers
  • Elevate Student Engagement. Facilitate learning and thinking in an impactful, purposeful way with these tips. #reflective
  • Lesson Starters. Learn new ways to engage students from the very beginning of your lessons with these examples from some great classroom teachers.
  • Teacher Growth. According to TeachThought, there are eight things that every teacher needs in order to grow. Discover these in this blog post. #reflective

Approaching Teaching: Week of October 14, 2018

How will you grow, learn, and inquire this week?

Inquirers – Knowledgeable – Thinkers – Communicators – Principled – Open-Minded – Caring – Risk Takers – Balanced – Reflective

How do we, as educators, take responsibility for our professional growth in order to be the best educators for AIS students?

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We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love for learning throughout life. 

(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Inquirers. 2013.)


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

On the AIS Campus

November 2018 and January 2019

  • Become a trained Critical Friends Group® Coach. Grow your knowledge and abilities to support collaboration! In this five-day Critical Friends Group New Coaches’ Training, participants will learn specific protocols and activities to solve dilemmas, look at student work, improve their own work, and more! Those who complete the training will become certified coach-members of the NSRF, and will have learned to create equity in collaboration, increase efficient, effective communication, and enhance personal performance through reflective practice. A Critical Friends Group promotes Collaboration for Growth. To learn more about CFG work and this training, visit the NSRF Harmony or contact the facilitator, Christina Botbyl. #communicators #inquirers

In Kuwait

February 2019

  • PEAK Conference. The Professional Educators Around Kuwait conference will take place on February 2, 2019 on the American United School campus in Sabah al Salem. We will be seeking AIS teachers to present workshops, so be thinking about all of the great ideas you could share with educators from Kuwait private English language schools. #risk-takers

Outside of Kuwait

November

  • Concept-Based Inquiry in Action. Rachel French and Carla Marschall have developed a model of Concept-Based Inquiry to promote transferable understanding. During this week-long workshop, Rachel will utilize the model to unpack how students develop conceptual understanding and what this looks like in the classroom. Find more information here about this 5-day workshop in Sotogrande, Spain from November 5 – 9, 2018. #inquirers
  • Developing an Inquiry Approach in Your Classroom. As schools continue to shift their focus on to developing students for an increasingly unknown future, adopting an inquiry approach to learning has never been more important. Moving away from traditional methods of direct instruction and rote learning, the inquiry approach enables students to develop their creativity, independence and problem solving skills within any curriculum or framework. Find out more about this workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 7 – 8, 2018. #communicator
  • Exploring Instruction: World Language Classrooms with Multi-Level Proficiencies. Join Dr. Virginia Rojas for a workshop that sets the stage for designing learning experiences for varying levels amongst students using the principles of proficiency-based instruction, CLIL (content and language integrated learning), progressive scaffolding, and differentiation. Find out more about this workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 13 – 14, 2018. #inquirers
  • MEIBA IB Forum. MEIBA in collaboration with Ibn Khuldoon National School – Bahrain are pleased to announce hosting an IB Forum that will be held in Bahrain November 16 – 17. Anyone can take part by attending the workshops and or lead a workshop (Best teaching practices). Meet your colleagues from other IB schools in the region, share your experience and learn! Find more information here. #inquirers
  • NESA Fall Training Institute. The FTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The FTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Cultures of Thinking, Sketchnoting, Service Learning, and more. November 2 – 3, 2018 in Amman, Jordan. #inquirers

January

  • NESA Winter Training Institute. The WTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The WTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Project-Based Learning, Close Reading, Differentiating Math Instruction, and more. January 25 – 26, 2019 in Chennai, India. #inquirers

February

  • Understanding and Fostering Collective Teacher Efficacy. Collective efficacy is about the overwhelming power that school teams have to impact change when they join together to solve problems. Join workshop leader Jenni Donohoo, Ed.D from February 22 – 23, 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Learn more here. #risk-takers

March

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. NESA is excited to introduce a new format designed to support deep learning through extended workshops and collaborative inquiry. The SEC supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, Writing Workshop, Service Learning, Playful Inquiry Projects in Early Childhood, and more. March 29 – 31, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. #inquirers
  • Teachers Skills Forum 2019. The Teacher Skills Forum is an annual regional event organized by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) in partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to provide teachers from the Arab world with modern and creative strategies and innovative teaching techniques. It is a platform for teachers to explore, learn, and share experiences with some of the world’s most renowned educators and scholars. The Teacher Skills Forum will take place March 9 – 10, 2019 in The Dead Sea, Jordan. Registration for the Teacher Skills Forum 2019 is now open. Register now at our Early Bird Rates and enjoy huge savings on your participation fees. #knowledgeable

Summer 2019

Principal’s Training Center (PTC) Institutes Schedule. Find the schedule here that includes institutes for teachers, counselors, school leaders, principals, and more! #knowledgeable

Online

October

Seesaw. Learn more about how you can use Seesaw in your classroom through their free online training sessions. Check out the schedule and sign up here. #inquirers

Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about engaging classroom debates on the Sustainable Development Goals (#TeachSDGs) in this webinar, Tuesday, October 16 at 10 p.m. (AST). The webinar recording will be posted to the registration page the day after the presentation. #knowledgeable

November

Support feedback systems that develop strengths. In this webinar, learn more about how to provide timely and effective feedback that is actionable and helps develop student strengths on Wednesday, November 14 at 11 p.m. (AST). Unable to attend this webinar? Register anyways and you will receive a link to the recording 1-3 days after the live event. #communicators

Ongoing

Reading: Articles, blog posts, and podcasts of interest

  • Are You Coachable? If you’re coachable and willing to take feedback to improve, your instruction becomes stronger and positively impacts student learning. Read this blog to discover the characteristics of coachable teachers. #open-minded
  • Auditory Learner? Visual Learner? This article from the New York Times proposes that it doesn’t really matter and dives into debunking the myths of learning styles. #knowledgeable
  • Complex Texts. In this new Tch DIY video, Josh Parker takes you inside the process of a first year teacher and her instructional coach, as they work to first understand a complex text and then plan access points for all students. #caring
  • Easing into Inquiry. Learn how to ease students into inquiry projects in this excerpt from the book Inquiry Mindsets: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders, and Curiosities of Our Youngest Learners, by Trevor MacKenzie with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt, published by EdTechTeam Press. #inquirers
  • Houses Help Build Relationships. In this episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by principal Judi Hayes, and teacher leaders Val Seamons, Stefani Khan, & Colleen Wilson from Lake Canyon Elementary School to discuss how houses within a school can strengthen the community and bring a sense of belonging to students. #caring
  • Math Conversations. Watch this short video from Lucy West, author of the new, video-rich edition of Adding Talk to the Equation, about how teachers can help facilitate a discussion and increase student engagement in rich, robust conversations around math. #thinkers
  • Micro-writing. As a teacher, chances are you’ve used a micro-writing activity at some point. These quick exercises are often used as warm-ups or to check for understanding (FEEDBACK). Read this blog post to learn about how one high school English and journalism teacher is using micro-writing regularly in his classroom to support identity development and to build a sense of belonging. #caring
  • Rethinking Guided Reading. “Guided reading is a temporary scaffold to assist students to become self-regulating, self-reliant readers,” writes Regie Routman, author of Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners. Read her MiddleWeb blog and explore her four “crucial considerations” for being fair and equitable to all students. #caring
  • Student Collaboration. Watch this short video from the Teaching Channel to learn a few new tips to help your students learn from each other. #communicators
  • Teenage Brain. In this blog post from EdWeek, read about how schools can help students manage emotions and make better decisions. #inquirers