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The Learner Within: Week of May 8, 2016

 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!

Outside of Kuwait

The Innovator’s Mindset. Great teachers have been “innovators” long before any of the current technologies existed in our world.  It was always about doing something better with what was available, to help kids. In this workshop, George Couros will discuss the idea and characteristics of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and how they can make a significant impact on the learning of ourselves and ultimately our students. May 19 – 20, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Knowledge Source Institute. In addition to providing PD opportunities that promote Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication, we work with our trainers to ensure that our workshop participants go back with knowledge and skills they can implement in their classrooms/schools. Check out PD opportunities offered in Thailand during the 2016 – 2017 school year. Workshop leaders include: Maxine Driscoll, Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, Dr. James H. Stronge, and Geroge Couros. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Leading Innovative Change. Although schools are moving forward, change is always something that many struggle with. Focusing on an innovator’s mindset and our “why”, this workshop, led by George Couros, is meant for leaders to help others within their organization not only accept change, but embrace it, to create better powerful learning opportunities for our learners. May 17 – 18, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Mindfulness for Educators. What are the connections between stress, learning and mindfulness?  Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact

NESA Weekend Training Institutes 2016 – 2017. 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 Leadership Conference will take place in Doha, Qatar, October  20 – 23. Current topics scheduled include: U-Theory, The Thoughtful School, Facilitative Leadership (with Carolyn McKanders), 
  • The Fall Training Institute will take place at The American Community School Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 4 – 5, 2016. The FTI is set to feature some very exciting two-day workshops, including: Adaptive Schools, Visible Thinking, MS/HS Reading Comprehension, C3, and more to come.
  • The Winter Training Institution will take place at Riffa Views International School, Bahrain, January 20 – 21, 2017. The WTI is set to feature two-day workshops, inlcuding: Assessment in MS/HS Social Studies, Digital Pedagogy (with John Burns), Mindfulness, Math Coaching, NGSS Team Facilitation, and more to come.

Neuroscience for the Learner. Neuroscience offers teachers a scientific understanding of how the brain learns and the impact on effective classroom practice.  Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact #inquirers

 Teacher/Principal/Counselor/Teacher Leader Training Centers. Institutes are held each June-July in London and Miami and include intensive 7-day and 5-day courses addressing the essential skills necessary to be an effective leader, teacher, and counselor in an international school. Register now for a summer learning experience! #knowledgeable

Women, Leadership and Education. Why does gender diversity matter for innovation and growth? Decades of research show that organisations with more women in leadership roles do better. Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact #open-minded


  • #AISQ8chat. As always, the #AISQ8 Twitter crowd will be slow chatting on Tuesday’s #AISQ8chat! 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 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

  • Math, M.Ed. Concordia University – Portland’s M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics is designed for teachers in Kindergarten through community college who want to enhance their content knowledge and skills in mathematics in order to increase student learning and understanding of foundational mathematics concepts. Learn more here. #knowledgeable
  • Reports in Atlas. This is a 30 minute webinar with an additional 15 minutes added for any questions. This webinar is great for any teacher or leader interested in vertical or horizontal reports to support his or her ongoing curriculum work. May 24, 2016, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm AST. Register here#knowledgeable

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Cellphone Addiction. Are students addicted to their cellphones? This blog post explores the possibility. #balanced

“The ability to multitask with a cellphone is an illusion. With a phone in front of them, students’ thinking is fragmented, as is all their work.”

  • Collaboration. As education becomes more collaborative, how do introverts cope? This article in The Atlantic explores the struggle to find balance. #balanced
  • Digital Eye Strain. Staring at a screen for long periods of time takes its toll on vision, possibly leading to real medical issues. Find out more in this article from NPR.  #knowledgeable
  • Emotion and Learning. Research suggests that emotion is not the enemy of reason: It may be a best friend to learning. Read more here about how emotions help steer students’ learning. #caring
  • Internet of Us. When the world’s collective knowledge is at our fingertips, what becomes of college? Read more in this short excerpt. #thinkers
  • Is Grit Overrated? This article explores the downsides of dogged, single-minded persistence. #risk-takers

Grit may be essential. But it is not attractive.

  • Next Gen Science. Disover ideas for incorporating fiction and pop culture on the Science classroom here.
  • Practice Makes Perfect? Does more practice really make perfect? Read this blog post for a reflection on the permanence created by traditional homework practice vs. the value of specific and timely feedback. #reflective
  • Reflection. It’s that time of year when educators look back on the school year and evaluate. Read this blog for some ideas to guide your end of year reflections. #reflective
  • Smartphones in the Classroom. Research supporting the idea that smartphones—specifically—can be used to enhance learning for all students, even underachievers, is hard to find. This article explores whether smartphones have a place in the classroom. #principled
  • #TeacherLove. In this blog, a teacher reveals the lessons learned from her mother, her “favorite teacher [and] inspiration.” #caring
  • Understanding Literature. Discover a new literary-analysis tool for your high school students in Rachel G.’s pointed collection of ELA resources. #knowledgeable

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