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The Learner Within: Week of May 31, 2015

It’s not teaching that causes learning.

Attempts by the learner to perform cause learning,

dependent on the quality of feedback and opportunities to use it.

Grant Wiggins


Authenticity. Understanding. Design. Transfer.

With the untimely death of Grant Wiggins, the world of education loses a thoughtful, practical voice.

The Education Canvas: R.I.P. Grant Wiggins

Grant Wiggins, Champion of Understanding

The last blog posts by the late educator Grant Wiggins

Remember Grant Wiggins and his impact on education

Thank You, Grant Wiggins


We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Risk-Takers. 2013.)


Best Wishes to all who will leave AIS to take risks and touch lives elsewhere!

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

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

How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your summer learning!

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: Photography & Design. How can the use of technology lead to deeper learning? See another example of how this happened at AIS. COETAIL ’14 grad Lissa Layman shares and reflects on a Art/Design unit. See how global connections are leveraged to redefine student learning. #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

Eduro Learning. Eduro Learning believes that as technology continues to change both the way we learn and the way we think about learning. The power of relationships are more important than ever.

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


  • COETAIL Chat. Join the #CoetailChat on Twitter, Sunday, May 31 between 15:00 – 16:00 as COETAIL grads reflect on their journey and offer advice to upcoming students.
  • Eduro Learning. Eduro Learning believes that as technology continues to change both the way we learn and the way we think about learning. The power of relationships are more important than ever.
  • No More Word Lists: Teaching Vocabulary in Context. Rather than introducing vocabulary through word lists and sentence writing, some literacy experts are now saying the best way to teach new words is by teaching students about the world. By embedding vocabulary instruction in social studies and science units, and by having students read multiple texts about a single topic (for instance, coral reefs or the Great Depression), students may ultimately acquire more academic words. Register now for this webinar Thursday, June 4, 15:00 – 16:00 (EST) 22:00 – 23:00 (AST). Can’t attend? Registering for this webinar ensures access to the archive for up to four months. #knowledgeable
  • Podcasts. Easily downloadable and portable listening for long airplane rides, summer travel, road trips, or on the beach, podcasts are available on every topic imaginable. Discover a podcast now! If you need help understanding how podcasts work and how you can get one, watch this tutorial. #inquirer #knowledgeable
    • 45 Great Picks from the TED staff. There’s something so cool about finding a new podcast to love — each little download opens a door to new ideas, new jokes, new ways of seeing the world. Here is the TED staff’s list of 45 you might not know you needed to listen to right this minute. Categories include great storytelling, a more thoughtful life, random knowledge, belly laughs, better business, and thinking about creativity.
    • Ed Tech Co-op. This site hosts a podcast, posts, links, resources, and invitations for collaboration on technology integration efforts. This Co-Op is a collaborative effort between the College of William & Mary, Washington International School (WIS), and other educators interested in exploring and developing their knowledge for effective curriculum-based technology integration in K-12 classrooms. Discussions also take place about pre-service teacher preparation, the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Project Zero and trends in educational technology.
    • Serial. Serial’s first season, which debuted in October 2014, is complete. Season 1 investigated the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old high school student in Baltimore, Maryland. You can access its twelve episodes for free. You can subscribe to the Serial podcast for free on iTunes and other audio platforms.
  • Redesigning Professional Learning with Video. We know, from the research, that teacher effectiveness is the single biggest school-based influencer on student achievement. Join this webinar on Tuesday, June 2 (10:00 PM AST), to see how one school district has found a way to leverage the power of video and making it a centerpiece of their professional learning program. The shifts in teacher and student learning are seeing are significant, sustainable, and growing leadership at all levels. #reflective #communicators
  • Teaching Channel. Teaching Channel’s mission is to create an environment where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to help every student grow. Teaching Channel’s community is all about getting better together, through the use of video and tools designed for teachers. The goal is to empower your growth, and that means your students will grow right along with you. #inquirers
    • Activating Prior Learning. Watch a lesson that asks English Language Learners to utilize various forms of “communicative functions” to prepare for deeper thinking. (video, 5:40)
    • Critiquing Reasoning = Rich Math Task.  Critiquing the reasoning of others is such a powerful mathematical practice. Learn how one teacher used this task to help students learn more than just the content through engaging in real world skills — looking at the work of another person and deciding whether it works and how it connects. (blog)
    • Learning to Think. Teachers need to invest early on in the processes that make thinking explicit for learners. Helping students to make their thinking explicit will always create opportunities for autonomy later. This video lesson makes teaching the skill of analysis visible. (video, 15:38)
    • Think Time and Collaborative Learning. Students work independently before group work so each child has time to think and reason. (video, 2:19)
  • 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.

  • 3 Ways Teachers Are Using Social Media to Engage Students. Read this blog post to discover how teachers are taking advantage of social media as a learning platform with some great success. 
  • Dealing with TDS (Technology Distraction Syndrome). We’re bombarded with news streams, e-mails, tweets, blogs, chats, Facebook, opinions. “Selecting one sharp focus requires inhibiting a multitude of others,” says author Daniel Goleman. “The mind has to fight off the pull of everything else, sorting out what’s important from what’s irrelevant. That takes cognitive effort.” #communicators #caring

“We seem compulsively drawn to our mobile devices and hardly able to look away when we should be paying attention to something – or someone – else,” says Bryan Goodwin (McREL) in this Educational Leadership article.


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