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The Learner Within: Week of November 1, 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 use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Thinkers. 2013.)


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

On the AIS Campus

Critical Friends. A Critical Friends Group (CFG) is a unique PLC where individuals can bring their wonderings/challenges/works-in-progress to a collaborative group of colleagues for advice and guidance. CFG protocols offer the practical tools to be able to do the work of a PLC using structured and productive conversations. CFG protocols are excellent tools to guide personal and professional growth, connect with colleagues, engage in important conversations, and impact student achievement.

CFG work is Critical For Growth!

As a NSRF-certified CFG Coach, each year I work with small groups of teachers/leaders in CFG coaching cohorts. I am looking forward to establishing a new cohort this year to continue this work. This CFG will participate in several protocols for engaging colleagues in reflective conversations about instructional practices and student work with the goal of improving student learning. Many of these protocols easily transfer to use in the classroom with students of all ages. #inquirers #thinkers #caring #reflective #open-minded #communicators

An opportunity to delve deeper into your own personal professional growth!

In Kuwait

TESOL KuwaitTESOL Kuwait, affiliate of TESOL International Association, is pleased to announce registration open for the 2015 conference to be held from November 6-7, 2015 at Gulf University for Science and Technology. There will be over 35 presentations and workshops over the 3 days in addition to a keynote speech on Saturday morning by Dr. Dudley Reynolds, current TESOL International president-elect and other featured speakers.

In addition, the pre-conference on Thursday, November 5 offers 3 hour simultaneous workshops about a variety of topics. Vendors and exhibitors include educational publishers, professional development organizations and local not for profits that offer a variety of school programs. Our website has all the information about membership and pre-conference/conference registration. #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! This week we begin the Living the IBO Learner Profile series with a chat about being Risk-Takers. More details can be found here. Details about how to participate can be found here. Tips for participating:
    • Chat questions are released each Sunday.
    • During our Tuesday slow chats we usually release Q1 by 8am, Q2 at 11am and Q3 by 2pm (just in time for the meetings!). However you are welcome to reply to any question at any point throughout the day.
    • When you have time on Sunday and Monday, start formulating your As to the weekly Qs. Then use Hootsuite to schedule them for Tuesday so that you don’t have to take time away from teaching. [Don’t worry, you can still edit pending Tweets if you change your mind.]
    • When you do have a couple free minutes on Tuesday, browse #AISQ8chat and engage in the conversation. Ask the community clarifying or probing questions. Twitter is your Personal Learning Community – you will get out what you put in J
    • #AISQ8chat is Storifyed every Wednesday morning. Didn’t have a chance to engage in the conversation on Tuesday? We still want to hear from you! Feel free to answer any of the previous week’s Qs from Wednesday to Monday. Please just remember to include #AISQ8chat. You can also add #AISQ8unchat if you’d like.

    If you have any questions or need Twitter coaching, please let a #AISQ8 ‘member’ know. We’re excited to start this learning journey together!  #communicators #risk-takers

  • 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
  • NanoWriMo. November 1 kicks of National Novel Writing Month! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Today, November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. #risk-takers

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Chemistry. Here is an infographic that illustrates the Periodic Table of Elements scaled to show each element’s actual abundance on earth. #knowledgeable
  • Collaboration. The benefits of collaboration time are highlighted here#communicators
  • Education Re-design. Time. Space. Assessment. Basic Needs. These four areas are the focus of Iowa BIG solutions to education transformation. #thinkers
  • Engaging Learners. Watch how Wildwood IB World Magnet School uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity. #inquirers
  • Emotional Resilience. A blog post worth revisiting as we enter a long stretch between now and the December holiday. How are you taking care of yourself? #caring
  • Next Generation School Library. Find out what the next-generation school library looks like in this blog post from MindShift.
  • Productive Failing. In this blog post, the author explores a Math teaching method known as productive failure. #inquirers #risk-takers
  • Pythagorean Water Demo. This YouTube video demonstrates the Pythagorean theorem using liquid distribution. #knowledgeable #inquirers
  • Teaching Teachers to Teach. Deborah Ball has spent the past three and a half decades thinking about what good teaching looks like. Read this NPR article (or listen to the interview) about how, every summer, she puts her own practice on display, teaching math to fifth-graders in front of an audience of educators as part of a program called Teaching Works at the University of Michigan. #knowledgeable

“I’m really trying hard to dispel this idea that teaching is this thing you’re born to do and it’s somehow natural to everyday life,” Ball says. “I don’t think either of those things is true.”


2 comments on “The Learner Within: Week of November 1, 2015

  1. tap54
    November 1, 2015

    Thanks Christina. This was so relevant with the Eduro class starting last week. I like the idea of a CFG. Sometimes mulling over ideas with others is the start to Great beginnings!

    • cbotbyl
      November 1, 2015

      CFGs are really helpful in developing relevant coaching skills. There is a definite connection! So, will you be joining? 🙂

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