Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

The Learner Within: Week of May 15, 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?

“Teaching is the profession that creates all other professions.”

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

Summer 2016

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

September 2016

  • Teaching and Learning Through Inquiry. By Kath Murdoch, 23rd – 24th September 2016, Dubai. Find more information here#inquirers

December 2016

  • Digital Learning Across the Curriculum. Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology & Social Media to Improve Teaching, Learning & Leadership, K‐12. By Eric Sheninger, 10th – 11th December 2016, Istanbul, Turkey. Find more information here#open-minded

May 2017

  • 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
  • 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

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, and 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, including: Assessment in MS/HS Social Studies, Digital Pedagogy (with John Burns), Mindfulness, Math Coaching, NGSS Team Facilitation, and more to come.


  • #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 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

  • Formative Assessment Reimagined. A new breed of technology is driving a shift in how we view and use formative assessment. When fully realized, educators will be engaged, empowered, and equipped to interrupt, disrupt, and prevent the failure to learn versus treating failed learning. Beyond information, formative assessment reimagined provides in-time insight and intelligence of, for, and by the learner to adapt and adjust learning, as the learner is learning—not after instruction. Register for this webinar here. Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. AST. #knowledgeable
  • 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

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Academic (Dis)Honesty. The “Plagiarism Spectrum” identifies 10 types of plagiarism based on findings from a worldwide survey of nearly 900 secondary and higher education instructors. Find a useful infographic here#principled
  • Bedtime Math. A study published in the journal Science suggests that doing Bedtime Math with your kids can help advance their math achievement over the school year, and this might be especially important for parents who are a little bit nervous about their own math ability. Read NPR’s report here. #open-minded
  • Deescalating Disruptions. Having a set of strategies in place before disruptive behavior occurs can be a real life (and sanity) saver in the heat of the moment. In this blog post, learn about seven strategies for deescalating disruptive students. #caring
  • Failure. Allegedly failure is an essential, integral part of learning and life. The key is how we bounce back from every failure. How can we be more willing to take risks and to support risk-taking from our students? Read more here about making failure part of the curriculum. #risk-taker
  • Game-based Literature. Find out how one teacher brings game-based learning to the classroom through literature. Read this blog post to find out how he has explicitly taught a novel where a game is central to the narrative. #open-minded
  • Genetics and Poetics. Christian Bok, a University of Calgary professor of poetry, has taught himself genetic coding so that he can encipher his work into the genome of deinococcus radiodurans, the oldest, hardiest and most unchangeable microorganism in the universe. So long after every trace of humanity on earth has been ground to dust and the only evidence of our existence is nuclear waste, changes in sedimentary rock layering due to global warming and the vanishing of most life from the fossil record, even after the sun has exploded and scorched the solar system, his poem, evidence of human creativity, will survive. Find out more about the project that he’s been working on for 14 years#inquirers
  • Getting Teenagers to Read. David Denby, author of Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives shares some of his insights in this blog post on how to get teenagers to read seriously. #knowledgeable
  • The Goodbye Tour. Four tips for expats on saying goodbye#caring

Make time for the people that you are closest to.

Be fully present + look them in the eye.

Say goodbye and tell them how much they mean to you.

  • Left Behind. While many leave and head off to new adventures in far away lands, many others stay right here. Here are tips for “Staying Well” for those who are left behind. #caring
  • Listen and Learn. Edutopia shares what they identify as the “best education podcasts” for our listening pleasure. #inquirers
  • Reading Stamina. If you work with readers at any level, you’ll appreciate John Wood’s ideas on building stamina for truly engaged reading. #principled
  • Rest. Check out these three tips from edutopia for getting the rest and relaxation that teachers so badly need. #balanced

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