The Learner Within: Week of May 17, 2015

How will you activate the learner within this week?

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

“To spark the love for passionate learning our students require, we need to know more about our subjects, and not just learning in general. We need to become what we want from our students, and wholeheartedly believe in what we teach, encouraging our students to possess the same passion. ”

Vergien, Michael. “Open Up a New World.” IB Magazine. March 2015.

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



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 of learning throughout life. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Inquirers. 2013.)



How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your 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. #risk-takers

Ancient Civilizations COETAIL project. How can the use of technology lead to deeper learning? See one example of how this happened recently on the AIS campus. COETAIL participants Anna Dawn and Andria Visser share an overview of the grade 3 Ancient Civilizations unit. The final project is conducted during Course 5 (Alive in the Classroom: Applied Web 2.0 Technology for Learning). The course focus is on the classroom application, and reflection on the use of web 2.0 technology in the classroom. Participants create a plan for the embedded use of technology to foster learning, share with the group and offer feedback on their cohorts’ embedded use of technology for learning. In addition to redefining learning, Anna and Andria provide an excellent example of collaboration with each other and their entire teaching team! #risk-takers #reflective

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. #knowledgeable #communicators

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 Fall Training Institute will take place at the American School of Dubai, UAE November 6 – 7, 2015. NESA’s Training Institute model is a cohort approach where participants choose one offering that will be their focus for the two-day experience. #inquirers

NESA 2015 – 2016 Speaker Roster. Take a look at NESA’s conference line-up of speakers for 2015 – 2016. #knowledgeable


#AISQ8chat. Join us this week for this year’s last #AISQ8chat 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 educators from various locations around the globe. How to participate details can be found here. #communicators #risk-takers

Coursera. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for FREE. Dare to be a Courserian! #balanced

Critical Thinking is Unnatural. In his TEDxTrondheim talk, Steve Joordens proposes that critical thinking is not something we do naturally. However, we must dare to develop critical thought as it is the driver of social change. #thinkers

“The goal of every critical thinker should not be to make other people think what they think. It should be to make people think.”

–Steve Joordens

Education on Air. All of the sessions from the 2-day Education on Air weekend (May 8 and 9) are now available and viewable on-demand. A wide range of topics to meet your wide range of interests! #knowledgeable #open-minded

Teachers Teaching Teachers. The Teachers Leading Teachers Conference (from July 16th-20th) is bringing the best teacher leaders from around the world together to present and share their failures, wins, and practical strategies for teaching today’s student. The entire conference in online! Each session is available live, and as a digital copy. Take advantage of early-bird sign-up (and pricing @ $99) until June 16 to take part in this online conference for teachers. #knowledgeable #open-minded

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Culture of Learning. How does a school community build a culture of learning? Sometimes it’s simply about leveraging the things we already do and taking learning to the next level. Read this article to see what we already have in place and where we can upgrade. #caring #risk-takers

“Every day when you get up, think about what’s really worth learning and what’s worth teaching. It is never going to be passing the test. It’s always going to be about: How do kids come to school, get excited, and stay excited?” (Dr. Pam Moran via BAM Radio Interview with Vicki Davis)

  • Collaborating to Develop Teaching Ideas. Through the Math Twitter Blogosphere (#MTBos) a Math teacher has expanded her Math PLN to include Math educators from around the world. Read more about this journey and its impact here. #communicator #risk-takers #open-minded
  • IB in Practice. Read some interesting articles about IB practices (PYP, MYP, DP) here in the current online issue of IB in Practice.
  • The Power of Teacher Neutrality. AIS’ very own PYP Coordinator, Taryn BondClegg, explains what can happen when teachers stay “neutral” during inquiry here. #risk-takers #communicators
  • Powering Down. Seven great reminders in this post about the value of disconnecting from technology every now and then. #balanced

“Learning to power-down technology is an important life skill with numerous benefits.”

–Joshua Becker

  • Resources Toolkit. From classroom management to working with parents, lesson planning to learning environments, this compilation of blogs, videos, and other resources provides an array of tips and advice for teachers just starting out. #knowledgeable #inquirers
  • Sketch Notes. Find out about sketchnoting and how one teacher implements this skill with students here.  #thinkers

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