Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

The Learner Within: Week of September 6, 2015

 How will you grow, learn, and inquire 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 do we, as educators, take responsibility for our professional growth 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!

Start it now. Save it for later. edutopia

On the AIS Campus

COETAIL. The Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy is coming to the AIS Kuwait campus in October! COETAIL will challenge you professionally while expanding your 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

Transformation Starts from Within. This blog post highlights how one COETAIL coach has found the series of five courses to be transformative journey for herself, the teachers who participate, and the students they impact. #reflective #inquirers

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. #open-minded #communicators

Learning 2 Africa. This second Learning 2 conference in Africa is being hosted by the American International School of Johannesburg. Hundreds of educators from across Africa and beyond will converge on this outstanding school campus to learn from global experts and from each other about the challenges, opportunities and excitement of Learning Without Borders. November 5 – 7, 2015. #risk-takers #communicators

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 #open-minded

  • The Fall Training Institute will take place at the American School of Dubai, UAE November 6 – 7, 2015. NESA is offering nine in-depth, two-day workshops on topics ranging from Math in early childhood through the use of data and “Next Generation Science Standards.”
  • The Winter Training Institute will take place at The American International School of Muscat, Oman February 5 – 6, 2016. The WTI will feature some very exciting two-day workshops, including: a special session with Carol Commodore on standards-based assessments in specialist areas (e.g., art, music, drama); “mindfulness”; teaching compassion; and more.

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

Stimulating and Assessing Mathematical Thinking. AERO Common Core Plus Professional Development workshop for teachers of Mathematics, grades 8 – 12 with Erma Anderson. The workshop will focuse on the impact of the Mathematical Practices on daily instruction, and the necessary formative assessment protocols that will result in significant improvement in student learning. Find more details here: AERO Common Core Plus Professional Development Opportunity. Registration is FREE: REGISTRATION AERO CC Plus Math Workshop. #knowledgeable


Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Find your Marigold(s)! This blog post reminds us all to build a positive support network to lean on during the good days and the not-so-good days. How can we be the marigolds that our colleagues seek? #caring #principled

By finding the positive, supportive, energetic teachers in your school and sticking close to them, you can improve your job satisfaction more than with any other strategy. And your chances of excelling in this field will skyrocket.

  • Flexible Classrooms. A collection of resources from edutopia to consider while “providing the learning environment that kids need.” #inquirers #caring
  • Highly Effective Learning Environments. What are some characteristics of a highly effective learning environment? Many of the characteristics in AIS classrooms are highlighted in this blog post from te@chthought. #balanced
  • How Much Does Yoda Weigh? I know there are many people who have wondered about just this question. Find out how one blogger used physics to calculate how much Yoda weighs. Maybe you’re more curious about how to much Darth Vader weighs. This post should satisfy your curiosity, or maybe lead you to wonder just how much Jabba the Hut weights. #inquirers
  • Storytelling Apps. Get your students talking (if/when they seem silent) with one of these Six Storytelling Apps. The focus is on English Language Learners (ELLs), but the development of Literacy skills through storytelling benefits all learners. #communicators #risk-takers
  • Teaching Math Through Real Animation Challenges. What happens when Pixar and Khan Academy team up? Pixar-in-a-box Math based on real-life animation problems. Read about here via Mind/Shift. #inquirers #knowledgeable

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