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

The Learner Within: Week of October 11, 2015

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

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

Tell me and I forget;

teach me and I may remember;

involve me and I will learn.


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


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.)


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

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


  • #AISQ8chat. The #AISQ8 Twitter membership continues to grow! Last week’s chat topic was : Reflection. Have a look at the chat summary. Join us this Tuesday on Twitter for a slow chat when we discuss another relevant educational topic. #AISQ8chat slow chats include #AISQ8 Twitter members as well as a wide variety of educators from various locations around the globe. Details about how to participate can be found here. #communicators #risk-takers
  • BAM! Radio Network. BAM! is an acronym for “body and mind” and BAM! Radio was conceived on the premise that the key to success in life for children and youth is nurturing a healthy mind in a healthy body. BAM Radio is the largest education radio network in the world offering programming from the nation’s top education organizations and thought leaders and reaching a wide audience of people passionately committed to quality education. #inquirers #knowledgeable
  • 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
  • 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. #inquirers #risk-takers
  • #nesachat. Join NESA’s Twitter Chat Monday, October 12, 6:00 – 7:00 PM AST when the topic with be CREATIVITY with Doug Reeves. Chat details can be found here. Find #nesachat on Twitter here.  #communicators 
  • Office 365. Become an Office 365 Ninja!

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Critical Thinking. The Teaching Channel addresses, and demonstrates, teaching students in a 4th grade classroom and an 11th grade literature class to think critically about what they read. One goal, two lessons. #thinkers
  • Fitting In. Remove the barriers that can hinder peer acceptance in a classroom. Ideas in this blog post, How to Help Every Student Fit In. #caring
  • Formative Assessment. In need of new formative assessment ideas? Find 10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas here and 5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools here. #knowledgeable #reflective
  • Listening Skills. How do we develop listening skills in students, not just speaking skills? Pick up a new strategy here. #communicators
  • Math Challenge. Dan Meyer and 1,000 math teachers couldn’t solve this problem, but maybe you can. #risk-takers
  • Personalized Learning. In this article from MindShift, the author examines the authenticity of “personalized learning.” #balanced

We have to move to a system where we create more space for students to play to their strengths while mitigating their weaknesses.

  • Rounding Numbers. In this blog post, one teacher shares how students prove/disprove their own theories about rounding numbers. #thinkers #risk-takers
  • Rules and Relationships. In this article in Education Update, editor Sarah McKibben says that many beginning teachers wonder which comes first, building positive relationships or establishing law and order. She examines how teachers can balance discipline with caring and passion. (Requires an ASCD membership or subscription to login and access this article.) #caring          
  • Unforgettable Knowledge. In this month’s Atlantic, this article discuses the idea that “adults remember more of what they learned in school than they think they do.” #knowledgeable

A student may not use plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry, but studying them may improve her ability to mentally visualize spatial relationships among objects, and that may prove useful for decades in a variety of tasks.


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