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

The Learner Within: Week of September 13, 2015

 How will you grow, learn, and inquire this week?

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

“creating contexts, which frame topics through concepts and authentic connections to the world…allow[s] students to discover the significance of why we learn what we learn.”

Lavina, Aloha. “Why are we learning this?” The Learner’s Toolbox. 12 Sept. 2015.

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


We develop conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Thinkers. 2013.)



How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

Flagging strategies for reading comprehension

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 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


Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • 21st Century Teacher. 21 Things 21st Century Teachers Should Do This Year. The title pretty much sums up the blog post. Maybe choose one as a place to start. #risk-takers 
  • Avoiding Burnout. The school year is barely underway, but we have already put in many hours to make teachers and students feel welcome and to feel engaged in the new school year. As we spend a lot of time taking care of everyone else, let’s remember ourselves. Learn how to arm yourself with some Ways to Cultivate Emotional Resilience This Year. #balanced
  • Designing a Classroom Built on Inquiry. There are skills and structures that can be developed to support inquiry. Some ideas for starting points (openness and trust) to design and develop an inquiry-based classroom are shared here via the Mind/Shift blog#inquirers #knowledgeable

I model skills like collaboration, thinking out loud about my learning, and explicating integrating tech and why it’s being used. I also add particular group activities that help kids develop these skills, and use rubrics…to help them assess their own ability to collaborate, etc.

  • History Resources. 5 Utterly Fascinating History Education Resources. You be the judge if the title holds true. #knowledgeable #inquirers
  • IB World Magazine. Read the Septebmer 2015 IB World issue here. This month’s theme is: The Classroom of the Future. #knowledgeable #communicators
  • Is Cursive a Dying Art? In this blog post Jeff Utecht reflects on the ways in which we communicate in today’s world. In what ways do we teach students to communicate that reflects how we actually communicate in the real world? #communicators #thinkers

The act of writing makes us better thinkers….

how and with what tool you write doesn’t matter!

  • Why are we learning this? This blog post explores how “creating contexts, which frame topics through concepts and authentic connections to the world…allow students to discover the significance of why we learn what we learn.” This probably sounds familiar if you teach in an IB programme. #principled #thinkers

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