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

The Learner Within: Week of October 25, 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 show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Caring. 2013.)



How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

On the AIS Campus

COETAIL. Unfortunately, the Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy did not happen as a live AIS campus cohort. However, this did not deter some AIS staff members from enrolling in, and beginning, the online cohort! They have completed their first course “Digital Literacy.” Check out their amazing project! Be prepared to be amazed at how each exemplifies the Learner Profile! #risk-takers #reflective #open-minded #inquirers #thinkers #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 slow chatting on Tuesday’s #AISQ8chat! A few chats ago, a former AIS staffer joined a Tuesday #AISQ8chat, and has since become a regular. She blogged about her journey to Twitter (and other social media platforms) here. Details about how to participate can be found here. #communicators #risk-takers
  • Common Core Inclusion in the Classroom. Teachers in inclusive classrooms are facing enormous challenges as they work to unpack the standards for all types of learners. To give them guidance, Toby J. Karten, author of Inclusion & CCSS Supports for Students Staff, will present an exclusive webinar on Wednesday, October 28 at 3 p.m. EDT, during which she will discuss evidence-based approaches, provide practical, grade-level examples, and describe the ADMIRE principles for inclusive education. #open-minded #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!
  • Strategic Formative Assessment. Join an upcoming Dylan Wiliam Center webinar on Strategic Formative Assessment, presented by Director of District Partnerships, Stacy Penna, Ed.D. Dr. Penna will show viewers how teachers are successfully using formative assessment to elicit evidence of learning and adjust instruction on an ongoing basis throughout every lesson. This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27 at 4 p.m. EDT. 

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Brain Labs. Learn about using brain labs to help students understand how the brain learns and remembers. #knowledgeable
  • Common MythConceptions. Take a look at this infographic that highlights “the world’s most contagious falsehoods.” #thinkers
  • Core Skills for IB Teachers. What are the core skills teachers need to be effective? Read this post from MindShift for details. 
  • Corrective Instruction.  Learn more about corrective instruction (it’s not the same as reteaching) in the ASCD article from Tom Guskey. #principled
  • Formative Assessments to Engage. In this short blog post, one educator claims that formative assessments can help us keep students engaged. #inquirers
  • Keys to Motivating Students. Autonomy, mastery, and purpose. In this blog post the MindShift team asks if these three ideas could be the key to motivating students. #thinkers 
  • Patient Problem Solving. Learn how Math teaches patient problem solving in this blog post from the MindShift team. #inquirers #thinkers

“In a good argument kids walk away feeling like they’re a thinking thing,” Meyers said…It doesn’t ask them to be big thinkers; but it’s precisely the experience of grappling with a problem that sparks curiosity, motivates students and develops the patient problem-solving that is so lacking in much of the population.


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