Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

Approaching Teaching: Week of November 13, 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 int he 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

Critical Friends Group®.  The AIS Critical Friends Group meets monthly to deepen our understanding of collaborating and communicating! We engage in structured conversations to engage in growth-oriented inquiry. Interested in learnng more? Interested in finding out how CFG® work can help you grow professionally and personally? Visit NSRF Harmony or contact me, Christina Botbyl. #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! #inquirers

Outside of Kuwait

January 2017

NESA Winter Training Institute. 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. 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

March 2017

  • Compassion Summit. The American Community School-Amman and International Schools Group, Saudi Arabia, in partnership with the “Charter for Compassion“, are pleased to host an inaugural Compassion Summit. Inspired by the notion that peace is born in schools, we endeavor to bring like-minded schools together to create, enhance, and promote greater levels of compassion within our school communities. Our goal is to create a coalition of schools committed to compassionate action. The summit will focus on compassionate action. We will use design thinking principles to create individual school action plans. Complete details can be found at this link: Compassion Summit 2017. Early-bird registration ends in December. Don’t miss this opportunity to lead compassionate action in our region! #caring

Spring 2017

NESA Spring Educators Conference 2017. 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

  • #AISQ8chat. During the next 1.5 weeks, #AISQ8chat will focus on the amazing learning experiences happening around the #AISQ8 campus. Your mission: be purposeful about exploring and looking for learning…then share! If you don’t have a professional Twitter account, no problem! Feel free to create one OR share your experiences with a current #AISQ8 Twitter user. Feel free to share anecdotes, conversations, reflections, pictures and more. [If you choose to share pictures, please be respectful of the staff/students in the pictures.] We would especially love to see students take part in this looking and sharing! Can’t wait to see what you find! 🙂 #communicators #risk-takers
  • #NESAchat. Topic: THE MIDDLE SCHOOL MIND! Tuesday, November 15, 10:00 – 11:00 AM AST. All are welcome! #knowledgeable


  • #teachnowchat. Teach Now will hold Twitter chats each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET. The purpose is to create a space for teachers to colalborate and share ideas and proven practices. It is also a great way for teachers to grow their personal learning network. Follow Teach Now on Twitter @teachnowprogram. Have a look at #teachnowchat#inquirers

November/December 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

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Classroom Culture. In this deep dive collection from the Teaching Channel, explore resources that help you build relationships with students, create an engaging, productive environment, and set the tone for shared responsibility and success all year long. #caring
  • Creating a Positive Classroom. In this video, Jen Saul establishes a strong classroom culture that makes students feel safe, confident, and ready to learn. #caring
  • Emotional Control. Read about how Teen Night Owls Struggle To Learn And Control Emotions At School#balanced
  • Non-Teaching Time. Time. It’s the thing every teacher needs more of, and no teacher has enough of. Here are the top five ways you can make the most of your limited “free” time each week. #balanced
  • Social Emotional Learning. Creating a classroom that includes social and emotional learning can start tomorrow. In this podcast, Minnesota 2013 Teacher of the Year Megan Hall as she shares tips and strategies for getting started. #caring

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