Approaching Teaching @ AISK

inquiring – conceptual understanding – contextualizing – collaborating – differentiating – assessing – reflecting

The Learner Within: week of April 26, 2015

How will you activate the learner within this week?

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

“The teacher, the admin, the coach – the individual – has to assume responsibility for his[/her] own learning. The individual path an educator takes to grow professionally must be built by the learner, for himself[/herself], in order to be effective. No two paths will look the same. And that’s a good thing.”

Hilt, Lyn. “A PKM Challenge.” Learning in Technicolor. 19 Feb. 2014.

How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set a learning objective for your own personal/professional learning this week!

On the AIS Campus

COETAIL. The Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy is coming to the AIS Kuwait campus Fall 2015. COETAIL will challenge you professionally while opening up a network of international educators. Each course will include 3 weeks of online work and 14 hours of face-to-face work with a COETAIL instructor on the AIS campus. Find more details here

#spreadthelove + PYP Exhibition Action: Anti-Bullying

How do all stakeholders model anti-bullying behaviors in the AIS Kuwait community?

choose your words wisely

We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of other sand in the world around us. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Caring. 2013.)




In Kuwait

TESOL Kuwait. TESOL Kuwait is a professional organization for anyone involved in teaching non-native speakers of English. This membership organization is devoted to the professional development of its members most of whom are based in Kuwait and the Gulf region.  TESOL Kuwait is an official affiliate of TESOL International.

tesol kwt

Outside of Kuwait

NESA Fall Training Institute. NESA’s weekend training institutes are a fantastic place to spend your professional learning time and money! The locations are typically in the Gulf region which allows for quick and easy access. The Fall Training Institute will take place at the American School of Dubai, UAE November 6 – 7, 2015. Tentative topics include: Digital Storytelling, Assessment, Teacher as Data Coach, Elementary Literacy and Effective Feedback, Common Core instruction practice – Secondary Math, Introduction to C3: Inquiry and Concept-Based Instructional Practice in Social Studies, Next Generation Science Standards. NESA’s Training Institute model is a cohort approach where participants choose one offering that will be their focus for the two-day experience.


#AISQ8chat. Join us Tuesdays on Twitter for a slow chat when we discuss a wide variety of educational topics. These slow chats include #AISQ8 Twitter members as well as a wide variety of educators from various locations around the globe. How to participate details can be found here.

Atlas webinars. Learn more about what Atlas can do to impact instruction, to support CCSS implementation, or to inform unit development. Some webinars are also available in Arabic. Past webinar titles and access codes can be found here in the AIS Atlas system.

Coursera. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for FREE.

Demystifying the New Math Standards. The mathematics standards are a tenuous subject for parents and a target for Common Core opponents. In this (pre-recorded) webinar we will highlight three specific areas in which the new standards facilitate and impel student learning. You’ll walk away with talking points that not only demystify the new standards, but turn the spotlight on the prize they hold for students.

#nesachat. You are invited to participate in the #nesachat Monday April 27. This week’s questions come from our NESA experts:

Question 1 from Tom Guskey: In looking at our standards, what do we want students to learn and what do we want them to be able to do with what they’ve learned?
Question 2 from Lee Ann Jung: Is it better that our levels of achievement capture everyone or that our highest level (which should be rigorous) is achievable by most?
Question 3 from Lee Ann Jung: In looking at what we want students to do with their learning, how can the idea of Critical Skills help us prioritize standards?
Question 4 from the #nesachat community: How do our present practices reflect a focus on our critical skills?

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • The Moral Bucket ListRésumé Virtues versus Eulogy Virtues “We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light.”
  • The Art of Dialogue. The Characteristics of a Good Professional Dialogue In this Educational Leadership article, Oscar Graybill (Socratic Seminars International) and Lois Brown Easton (author/consultant/coach) describe four types of interaction, each of which has its place: Conversations, Discussions, Debate, and Dialogue.
  • NESA News Spring Edition. Discover what is happening in the NESA region.
  • Shifting Mental Models in Educators.I think they’re just lazy. I don’t think they’ll follow through. So I give them tasks they can manage.” How can we ensure that our mental models positively impact our expectations and student achievement? The stories we create about our students (and each other) drive our behavior and the choices we make. Instructional Coach and Edutopia blogger, Elena Aguilar, brings these mental models to the forefront in this post. She also shares strategies for shifting mental models in order to lead to greater equity for students.
  • Three Strategies to Develop Thinking.
  • The Problem with Math Problems. “If we teach kids math without understanding, we build on a house of cards,” according to Tracy Zager, who is quoted in a recent Motherlode blog post at the New York Times. Tracy (author of the forthcoming book Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had) is among those who say that traditional math education discourages the creative problem solving and imagination needed for future success. Share with parents who may wonder why your math instruction is so much different from when they were in school.
  • The Many Benefits of Teaching Argument. Through identifying what first-year university students don’t understand about academic argument, the author identifies the elements of critical thinking and their role in teaching argument development to students.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on April 26, 2015 by in Atlas, Elementary, Math, NESA, Professional Learning.
%d bloggers like this: