Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

Approaching Teaching: Week of September 4, 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!

On the AIS Campus

CFG. A Critical Friends Group promotes Collaboration for Growth. Once again this year, there will be an opportunity to work together to explore, use, and implement activities (e.g., Compass Points, Hopes and Fears)and protocols (e.g., Microlabs, Tuning, Futures) from NSRF. This work supports professional inquiry and growth through collaborative structured conversations. Stay tuned for more details! #communicators #inquirers

In Kuwait

PEAK. The Professional Educators Around Kuwait conference will take place on December 3, 2016 on the Kuwait Bilingual School campus. Stay tuned for details as they become available!

Outside of Kuwait

May 2017

  • 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
  • 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

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 Institute 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.
  • The Spring Educator’s Conference will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, March 31 – April 2, 2017.


This week

  • #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. 🙂
    • #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

Fall 2016

September 2016

  • NGSS: Demystifyng the Standards, NGSS in the Classroom, and Teacher Resources. Join this Spark Webinar with Rubicon International’s standards consultants Kailey Rhodes and Helen Maltese as they explore the NGSS standards. In this webinar, we will go over the structure of the NGSS in a simple, applicable way; discuss ways to incorporate the NGSS in your own classroom; and point you to some resources out there to help with NGSS implementation. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 17:00 – 18:00 AST. Register here#inquirers

October 2016 / January 2017

  • Daily 5 and Math Daily 3. Launching Daily 5® and CAFE® and Launching Math Daily 3® are 3 credit, online graduate level courses offered through Upper Iowa University. These are online courses that will last eight weeks offered in both October and January. Find more information here#knowledgeable

November 2016

  • Developing Empathy in the Classroom. Building Student Engagement through Empathy, Characterization, and Creative Dramatics. A Three Day Weekend Workshop at Cairo American College, November 10 – 12, 2016. By Jillian Campana, Ph.D. Find details here. Register here.

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Class Culture. What is class culture? This Deep Dive from The Teaching Channel is here to help you consider how you can build an inclusive class culture that promotes academic achievement and social and emotional literacy. Class culture is the foundation of a successful classroom, setting the tone while communicating and maintaining clear expectations. It also sets students up to hold each other accountable in reaching the classroom expectation and their shared goals. #caring
  • Conferring with Young Writers. If you’ve ever sat down to confer with a child and felt at a loss for what to say or how to help move him or her forward as a writer, Conferring With Young Writers  is for you. If you are a strong teacher of writing but are not seeing results from your students, this book is for you. Conferring With Young Writers can help writing teachers—and their students—learn to break down and utilize the qualities that enable good writing: elaboration, voice, structure, conventions, and focus. Available in its entirety online here#communicators
  • Fired Up For Fractions. How do you get students fired up about fractions? Reinvent Math class. Read more here#inquirers
  • Formative Assessment Deep Dive. Explore the Teaching Channel’s Deep Dive on Formative Assessment. On one page, dedicated to one idea, you can read background information, watch related videos, read blog posts, and ask and answer questions. It’s a one-stop shop for learning. #knowledgeable
  • Hacking Education. This blog post highlights five key elements for implementing new ideas gleaned from Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School . #communicators
  • Inclusive Relationships with Parents.  This blog post from edutopia highlights the importance of building empathetic relationships with the parents of the most challenging students and offers some ways in which to engage in this very important connection. #caring

…it is one of our most important roles as educators to engage empathetically with even the most challenging family relationships. We do our best work for students when we educate the whole child, and the whole child includes that child’s parents, family or caregivers.

  • Seeing Student Thinking. Sometimes the best way to find out how students are thinking is to ask them! Check out this blog post to learn how teachers have used audio recorders and video apps to have students think aloud as they engaged in an activity linked to their inquiry focus. #inquirers #thinkers
  • Starting Strong. Find out from several Stenhouse authors what they think sets teachers up for a successful school year. Watch these short video clips to hear them talk about the importance of building strong, personal relationships in the classroom that allow students to take risks in their learning as the year goes on. #caring

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