Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

The Learner Within: Week of June 5, 2016


How will you grow, learn, and inquire this week?

Inquirers – Knowledgeable – Thinkers – Communicators – Principled – Open-Minded – Caring – Risk Takers – Balanced – Reflective



We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Risk-Takers. 2013.)

Best Wishes to all who will leave AIS to take risks and touch lives elsewhere!

Inquirers – Knowledgeable – Thinkers – Communicators – Principled – Open-Minded – Caring – Risk Takers – Balanced – Reflective

How do we, as educators, take responsibility for our professional learning in order to be the best we can be for students around the world?

How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your summer learning!

On the AIS Campus

inquiry cycleREFLECTION. Reflecting on a school year allows us all an opportunity to celebrate successes, to continue to grow in our practice, and to reflect on the year. One main focal point since the beginning of the year has been inquiry. In the remaining days, take time to reflect with your colleagues on how inquiry-based our approach was and how we can continue to develop our understanding of guided inquiry as one of many processes to guide learning for ourselves and our students. Here are some great ideas to inspire team/personal reflection:

In Kuwait

PEAK. Professional Educators Around Kuwait conference will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Kuwait Bilingual School in Jahra. #knowledgeable #communicator

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.


  • MOOCs. Open. Free (often). University course available online to virtually anyone. For teachers, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can be a fun and engaging way to expand expertise and gain new skills. And summer is a great time to enroll in one of these courses. Find interesting upcoming classes for the summer, as well as some sources for finding other classes that meet your needs here.
  • Podcasts. Easily downloadable and portable listening for long airplane rides, summer travel, road trips, or on the beach, podcasts are available on every topic imaginable. Discover a podcast now! If you need help understanding how podcasts work and how you can get one, watch this tutorial. #inquirer #knowledgeable
    • Stuck on a long plane ride? Or a long security line? Don’t despair — you’ll find more than 12,000 minutes of hand-selected podcast episodes from NPR’s
    • Nine Podcasts for a Fuller Life. A short playlist of intellectual, creative, and spiritual invigoration.

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Big Ideas. Have a look at this article to find out how to use children’s books to teach hard ideas like metaphysics.
  • Concept and Context. One of the most enjoyable (and challenging) parts of teaching is taking statements from the curriculum and finding a context for children to make sense of those big ideas. In this very short post, one teachers asks:

As we plan next year, a more important question than ‘what worked in this unit?’ would be to ask ‘what’s happening in the world right now?


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