Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

Approaching Teaching: Week of December 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 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!

In Kuwait

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

February 2017

  • Developing Confident Talking in Early Years. Many children are confident talkers at home, but may need extra support to join in with groups in school. These children may be ‘reluctant talkers’ due to shyness, high sensitivity, introversion or in some extreme cases, selective mutism. Children learning a second language or with additional learning needs also need support to fully participate in groups, to develop friendships, and to promote optimum learning. This course explores reasons for children becoming ‘reluctant talkers’ in early years settings, and looks at practical strategies, approaches and activities that will benefit all young children’s language development and learning. February 24 – 25, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Find more details here#communicators

March 2017

  • Designing Proficiency Based and Differentiated World Language Classrooms. The reality of many world-language classrooms in international schools is that there is a range of students with differing ‘levels’ of language knowledge and skills if not at the beginning of the school year certainly by the end. This workshop sets the stage for designing learning experiences to develop varying levels amongst all students through the principles of proficiency-based and differentiated language instruction. March 6 – 8, 2017 in Chang Mia, Thailand. Find more details here#communicators
  • Teacher Skills Forum 2017. The 2017 Teacher Skills Forum intends to examine the process of deconstructing learning targets and re-constructing clear and understandable learning goals to enrich the quality of teaching/learning experiences in the classroom. Registration for the Teacher Skills Forum 2017 is now open. Register before December 31st and enjoy huge savings on our Early Bird Rates. March 25 & 26, 2017 at the Dead Sea, Jordan King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre. #knowledgeable
  • Professional Learning Weekend. Cairo American College (CAC) teachers would like to share their insights and teaching models with other international school teachers in the region in order to better support teacher understanding and student learning. We are hosting a professional learning weekend from March 25 – 27, 2017. Register here. Teachers have an opportunity to participate in a Lab Site process to learn about one of these three teaching models used at CAC:

    1. Reading and writing. Reading and Writing Workshops in the Elementary School
    2. Mathematics. Challenge by Choice curriculum in the Middle School
    3. Multiple subjects. Harkness-style student-centered discussions in the High School

     Spring 2017

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

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

  • #nesachat.  Tuesday, December 6, 2016 10:00 – 11:00 AM AST, join #nesachat where the topic will be: Author Visits in International Schools. This week’s #nesachat will be moderated by Librarians Collaborative. All welcome! Link to the chat doc and questions here: Author Visits in international Schools. #communicators

November/December 2016

  • Coursera. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, many for FREE. Dare to be a Courserian! #balanced

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


  • Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum available here. The Annenberg Learner site offers a deep collection of resources to support professional learning and PK – 12 student learning, for free or for paid graduate credits through Colorado State University. #knowledgeable
    • Art Through Time: A Global View. Examine themes connecting works of art created around the world in different eras. The thirteen-part series explores diverse cultural perspectives on shared human experiences. (Video on Demand, Free)
    • Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers. This is a video workshop for grade 9-12 writing and language arts teachers, consisting of eight video programs, a print guide, and this Web site. Use these components for professional development in two-hour weekly group sessions, or on your own. (Video on Demand, Free)
    • Reading and Writing in the Disciplines. Reading and writing are no longer the sole responsibility of the English classroom, but a critical part of how students explore and understand complex concepts across all disciplines. By examining general disciplinary literacy strategies and practices—and then focusing more deeply on their own discipline—middle and high school teachers will gain insight into how to support their students’ literacy skills while meeting content goals. (Video on Demand, Free)
    • The Economics Classroom: A Workshop for Grade 9 – 12 Teachers. The Economics Classroom: A Workshop for Grade 9-12 Teachers provides eight video workshops and associated print and web site information intended to assist high school teachers in developing strategies to effectively teach the fundamentals of economics and personal finance. This site also provides a number of classroom-tested lesson plans and links to a variety of useful additional resources. (Video on Demand, Free OR 2 graduate credits, $206USD)
  • USC Rossier online graduate programs. Earn any of the following: 
    • Master of Arts in Teaching: Prepares K–12 teachers to succeed in the classroom and create positive learning environments to meet the challenges of today’s high-need schools. This program also prepares candidates to be recommended for a teaching credential, and they can choose to enhance their degree with a Special Education Credential or Gifted Education Certificate.
    • Master of Arts in Teaching — TESOL: Prepares teachers to specialize in teaching English to non-native speakers and work in a wide range of settings.
    • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Change and Leadership: Prepares current teachers and educational leaders to drive systemic change in their organizations. A master’s degree is not required.
    • Request further information!

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Bilingual Brains. Again and again, researchers have found, “bilingualism is an experience that shapes our brain for a lifetime,” in the words of Gigi Luk, an associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Read more here to learn more about what’s going on inside the brain of a bilingual child. #communicators
  • Energy and Matter. In this short video, discover how students create and use Rube Goldberg machines to understand energy transfers and make connections between physical and life science systems.
  • Fact v. Fiction. In this article, Stanford education researchers share their discouraging research: a shocking number of young people can’t separate fact from fiction online. #knowledgeable
  • Improving Reading Comprehension. It comes as no surprise that reading comprehension improves for students when they increase the amount of time they read each day. A recent report reveals that the majority of students spend fewer than 15 minutes per day reading, but increasing their daily reading time to 30 minutes can improve comprehension and boost student achievement. Read more here#thinkers
  •  Nation of Makers. A newly launched coalition dedicated to the grassroots maker education movement in the United States aims to support the full range of organizations that impact makers, helping them to maximize their local and global impact. Read more here#risk-takers
  • Student Collaboration. Explore these five strategies to build the valuable 21st-century skill of collaboration. #communicators

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