Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

The Learner Within: Week of May 24, 2015

How will you activate the learner within this week?

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

“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view -“

“- Sir?”

“- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.

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

Honeycomb (1) 

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow form the experiences. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Open-Minded. 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 #communicators

AIS COETAIL project: Blogging. How can the use of technology lead to deeper learning? See another example of how this happened at AIS. COETAIL ’13 grads Janette Haggith and Karen Robb share and reflect on a grade 3 Sharing the Planet unit. While another great example of collaboration at AIS, this project highlights how student writing can be redefined through blogging. #risk-takers #reflective

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 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 Weekend Training Institutes. NESA’s weekend training institutes are a fantastic place to spend your professional learning time and money! 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 Spring Educators Conference. The Spring Educators Conference is a three-and-a-half-day conference for educators of all grades and disciplines, featuring keynotes, 4-hour workshops and multi-day offerings presented by specialist speakers, general interest sessions, and teacher-presented workshops. The 2016 NESA SEC will take place in Bangkok, Thailand April 1 – 4, 2016. #knowledgeable


ATtech. ATtech Edu offers FREE online courses for teachers, parents and students that will offer support in integrating technology into 21st Century learning. The courses are designed to inspire you with ideas and build your skills in using technology to educate children. There are three courses currently available, Google My MapsGoogle Drive on the iPad, and Times Table Quizzes using Spreadsheets. Other courses will become available over the coming weeks. #inquirer

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

Emotional Smarts. Studies have shown that students who use an approach known as RULER are less anxious, better behaved, more attentive and more independent — with greater leadership skills. Read about it here#caring #reflective

“…the past three decades of brain research have shown that thinking and feeling are intertwined in complex ways affecting attention, memory and judgment.”

–John Higgins

Teach Different Academy. Professional learning. On Demand. Take the courses whenever you want and get started learning about topics that encourage engagement through inquiry. #inquirers

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.

  • Assessment for Learning. This blog post highlights a couple of assessment for learning strategies that could easily be adapted to fit units of inquiry in any of the IB programmes. #reflective #inquirers
  • “Best Practice” – The Enemy of Better Teaching. In this Educational Leadership article, Bradley Ermeling (Pearson), James Hiebert (University of Delaware), and Ronald Gallimore (UCLA) question the tendency of many educators to uncritically implement best practices. “Best suggests a definitive superiority to alternative practices,” they say; “it’s a label based more on an appeal to authority than on research… Researchers treat skeptically the claim that a practice is broadly and generally the best because results of scientific studies are seldom so clear cut.” They identify three problems with the best practices approach: plug and play, uncoupling goals from strategies, and emphasizing activities over learning.

“Research and practical experience suggest that focusing on continual improvement of teaching is more effective than imitating best practices.”

-Bradley Ermeling, James Hiebert and Ronald Gallimore

  • End of Year Burnout. In this blog post from Edutopia find tips to help you “finish the marathon in stride.” #caring #principled

“Whether 7 or 17, they are kids at heart and this is

your chance to reconnect with them as people.”

Maurice Elias

  • Make School Different.  This blog post addresses five unproductive truths that keep us from making schools different. What five things do you think we need to stop pretending if we are going to make schools different? #caring #reflective
  • The Myth of Having Summers Off. The truth is revealed in this blog post from Edutopia. #balanced
  • Summer Reading. It’s that time of year, again! The season of the what-to-read-this-summer lists. As the saying goes, “Too many books, too little time.” #knowledgeable #open-minded
  • Teaching Students to Use Evidence. Whether discussing or writing about literary texts or informational texts, students at all levels are developing skills to read texts closely and support their observations with evidence. This whitepaper from the Great Books Foundation provides ideas for, and student examples of, finding evidence. #thinkers #reflective

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