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The Learner Within: Week of November 8, 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 int he 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

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 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

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 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

Principals’ Training Center. 2016 Summer Institutes schedule now available! Training Centers also available for teachers and counselors. Start planning now! #knowledgeable


  • #AISQ8chat. As always, the #AISQ8 Twitter crowd will be slow chatting on Tuesday’s #AISQ8chat! This week we continue the Living the IBO Learner Profile series with a chat about being Caring. 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.
    • #AISQ8chat is Storify’ed 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
  • Office 365. Become a Microsoft Expert Educator! 
    • Application process: Educators nominated/selected for this program should be fluent in English and with good ICT classroom integration knowledge to enhance students’ learning (all subject matter teachers).
    • Educators are asked to apply for the program via the direct link to the form:, where they are asked to answer 3 questions in a creative way in English.
      • Step 1 – Create a Mix, Sway, Video or use another online tool of your choice to respond the questions:
        • Why do you consider yourself to be an MIE Expert?
        • Describe a lesson you have taught and how you integrated Microsoft tools in innovative ways
        • How will becoming an MIE Expert impact your teaching and your students’ learning?
      • Step 2 – Fill out the self-nomination form here.

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Assessment to Elevate. This blog post from The Teaching Channel, explores what it would mean to use assessment to elevate students rather than to rank them.
  • Connecting with Students. In this strongly titled and self-reflective blog post, 5 Reasons Your Students Might Hate You (and What You Can Do About It!), a teacher explores how “many of the decisions we make as teachers either earn or lose our students’ respect, whether or not we even realize it.” The most important points are the actions that teachers can take to build and repair their connections with students. #reflective #caring
  • ELL Support. This blog post is filled with strategies and resources for supporting English Language Learners. #communicators
  • Introvert Teacher. Schools can be difficult for those who find interaction exhausting – but creating a ‘restorative niche’ can help. This blog post focuses on the importance of the care and keeping of yourself as an introvert. #reflective #risk-takers
  • Language of Thinking. All students need a wide range of linguistic tools to effectively think and communicate in different disciplines. Describing abstract concepts requires complex words and grammatical structures. This Education Leadership article explores the importance of developing cognitive language, or the language of thinking. #thinkers #communicators

Many teachers assume students have more skill using language to describe thinking than they actually possess (Cummins, 1984) and focus more on teaching content than on fostering language.

  • Plagiarism. This article identifies a variety of skills and strategies for Understanding Plagiarism in a Digital Age. #principled
  • Time Management for Teachers. Teacher Life is busy! Are you taking care of yourself and making the most of your limited “free” time each week? Learn/Review five ways to make the most of your non-teaching time in this post. #balanced
  • Transitions. The transition that never ends: The ongoing cycle of expat Stayers, Goers and Newbies explored in this blog post.

One comment on “The Learner Within: Week of November 8, 2015

  1. tap54
    November 8, 2015

    Really loved the two articles on ELL learners and Cognitive Thinking.
    Thanks Christina… I am passing those two forward to others, 🙂

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