Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

The Learner Within: Week of October 18, 2015

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

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

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



We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Reflective. 2013.)


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

On the AIS Campus

PEAK. The Professional Educators Around Kuwait (PEAK) conference is coming! The PEAK conference is a day of workshops presented and attended by educators at English language schools around Kuwait. There will be many ways to be involved in this event. Watch your email for further details! #risk-takers #communicators

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. As always, the #AISQ8 Twitter crowd will be moderating a Tuesday #AISQ8chat! Our 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
  • 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
  • Office 365. Become an Office 365 Ninja!

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Creating the Ideal Learning Community. Read this article to learn how Hogwarts can inform us how to go about creating the ideal learning environment. #inquirers
  • The Perfect Teacher. Find out what one 16-year old thinks makes the “perfect teacher.” You probably won’t be surprised, but maybe you will. 🙂 #caring

Although passion is inspiring,

a deep knowledge and understanding of their children is just as important.

  • Mindfulness in the Classroom. Find out how just taking time to focus on breathing can help to reset focus and rhythm in any classroom here. #balanced
  • Personal Professional Learning. Even though the focus of this blog post is first year teachers, there are some great ideas to support personal professional learning in this blog post.
  • Provoking Thinking. How can we use provocation to effectively lead to inquiry and thinking in our students? One teacher shares some exceptional ideas in this blog post. #thinkers #inquirers
  • Success. This blog post highlights four strategies to create a culture of success in the middle school classroom.
  • Wearable Technology. In case you don’t already feel you’re connected enough, wearing technology is the next wave of being connected. As educators, we may not choose to be this connected, but our students probably will be more inclined. The importance of understanding the implications of wearable technology in, and out, of the classroom is undeniable. Here is one example of wearable technology and what it allows. #knowledgeable #principled
  • Yammer. Yammer is built in to the Office365 structure allowing a secure professional space to interact with students in the virtual world. Read this post to learn five ways to maximize Yammer’s effectiveness. #communicators #risk-takers

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