Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

Approaching Teaching: Week of October 16, 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 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.)



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. Check out the PEAK website for further details!

Outside of Kuwait

Fall 2016 – Winter/Spring 2017

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.

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


This week

  • Assessment Literacy.  Join Dylan William on Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM AST for an insightful presentation on assessment literacy. You’ll leave this webinar with a deeper understanding of the meanings and consequences of educational assessments—and what you can do right now to make assessments more effective. Register here#inquirers
  • #NESAchat. This week’s chat will be hosted by members of the NESA Math Collaborative  on : Designing Change for Student Success in the Math Classroom It will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00 AM Arabian Standard Time. Hope to ‘see’ you on Tuesday!
    • 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

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

  • Building Blocks of Understanding. In this article, the author explains how understanding and conceptual learning is directly connected to memorization and repetition. In other words, practice, practice, practice. #knowledgeable

The problem with focusing relentlessly on understanding is that math and science students can often grasp essentials of an important idea, but this understanding can quickly slip away without consolidation through practice and repetition…By championing the importance of understanding, teachers can inadvertently set their students up for failure as those students blunder in illusions of competence.

Oakley, Barbara. “How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math.” Nautilus. 15 September 2016.

This and other studies seem to show that listening while reading helps people have several successful reading events in a row, where they are reading “with accuracy and enjoyment.” And, listening has been shown to help with decoding, a fundamental part of reading.

Mindshift. “Why Listening to Podcasts Helps Kids Improve Reading Skills.” March 18 2016

  • Literacy Through Photography. The use of photographs provides a novel way to engage in analyzing text. The use of photographs allows students to reflect and organize their thoughts in a creative way that cannot be achieved simply through writing. This post describes some ways in which teachers can use photography to support literacy standards for ELLs. #communicators #reflective

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