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

The Learner Within: Week of December 13, 2015

 How will you grow, learn, and inquire over winter break?

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 express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Communicators. 2013.)




How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning !

On the AIS Campus

Critical Friends. At the December meeting of the AIS Critical Friends Group (CFG), participants continued to grow professionally and personally as they engaged in structured conversations about success. The Success Analysis Protocol helps us to analyze our successes so that we may recreate similar results elsewhere in our work. Examining successes leads us to 1) recognize that we have experienced success, 2) celebrate progress and growth, and 3) identify the actions that are highly effective in positively impacting our practice and student achievement. #reflective #inquirers

How can analyzing successes with students (rather than focusing on deficits) help them to recognize, develop, and repeat the behaviors that lead to positive outcomes?

CFG work is Critical For Growth!

 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’, Counselors’, Teachers’ Training Centers. Registration for 2016 Summer Institutes is now openTraining 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 pause from the Living the IBO Learner Profile series to reflect on, and analyze, the successes of first months of the school year. 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

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Agency Through Design. Developing students’ sensitivity to design and agency are lofty goals. How can we do that? This post explores how to empower students as makers in many learning contexts. #inquirers #thinkers
  • Bouncing Back. Wondering how to bounce back from setback? This blog post from edutopia provides an opportunity to assess our resources for resilience and how to build up these resources. #caring #balanced
  • Brain Breaks. When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. Find out more about how we can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning here. #balanced
  • Don’t Quit! Here are some great tips to guide recovering from a really bad day of teaching (and we all have them). #principled #reflective
  • Finding Appreciation. How can we express and receive gratitude in the workplace? This post highlights ways in which teachers can find appreciation in the the workplace. #communicators #caring
  • Self-Motivated Learners. Learn some strategies for helping students motivate themselves in this blog post from edutopia. Larry Ferlazzo discusses practical strategies to support autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance. #reflective 
  • What to Read? Check out NPRs 2015 Book Concierge to find some great ideas to feed the reader in you during the winter break. Use filters to explore 260 titles from 2015 that NPR critics loved this year. #balanced
  • Winter PD. What will you learn over break? This blog post from the Teaching Channel links to some quick reads, videos, and longer reads to explore over break. Challenge yourself to learn one new thing over the next couple of weeks! #knowledgeable



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