Approaching Teaching: Week of January 22, 2017

 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 act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Principled. 2013.)



How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

In Kuwait

March 3 – 4, 2017

  • Leading Improvement in Classroom Instruction. Practices that will be addressed include: utilizing inquiry-based learning strategies to engage students in higher order thinking and identifying assessment “for, as and of” learning and how each informs teacher and planning and instruction providing descriptive feedback to scaffold student learning. Register here #knowledgeable
    • 2-Day Conference for Administrators, Program Coordinators, Heads of Department, Divisional Leaders and Classroom Teachers. 
    • $625CAD/145KWD (includes program, breakfast, and lunch). 
    • Participants will receive the ISL Module 5 Completion Certificate.
    • Co-sponsored by the Canadian Bilingual School Kuwait and the Ontario Principals’ Council.

Outside of Kuwait

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

  • 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:
  • 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 now. March 25 & 26, 2017 at the Dead Sea, Jordan King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre. #knowledgeable
  • 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

 April 2017

  • Key Principles for Responsive ELL Instruction. As the demography of international schools continues to change with the result that every classroom has more English learners than ever before, it is necessary to turn the often-heard mantra, ‘every teacher is a language teacher’ into classroom practice. These immersion classrooms differ from past practices and as such require EAL- responsive and collaborative ‘growth mindsets’ not just among EAL teachers but among all teachers. April 27 – 29, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more.
  • 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. #open-minded #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#thinkers #inquirers

June 2017

  • Embedding Formative Assessment. Learn what Formative Assessment is (and isn’t) with Professor Dylan Wiliam. June 2 – 3, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more#knowledgeable


January 2017

  • STEM PLAY: Integrating Inquiry into Learning Centers. Monday, January 23, 2017 @ 11:00 PM– 12:00 AM AST. Register here to participate live OR view the recording. #inquirers

  • Leading, Implementing, and Sustaining Innovations in Personalized Learning. In this webinar, Dr. Tim Hudson, Vice President of Learning at DreamBox Learning, will share ideas to help leaders create and sustain innovations that benefit students, teachers, parents, and school culture.Tuesday, January 24, 4:00 PM EST. Register here to participate live OR view the recording. #risk-takers

  • Use Data to Close Achievement Gaps. Register for this webinar to learn from top-rated presenter and NWEA partner Polly Siecinski from Southfield Public Schools in Michigan who will share how her district leveraged MAP data to close the achievement gap in less than one school year—and how you can, too. Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 10:00 PM AST. Register now so you’ll receive a recorded version after the webinar that you can use as a valuable reference later and share with colleagues. #knowledgeable
  • Rubicon Atlas. Please join Rubicon Atlas on January 26, 2017, 10:00 PM AST for a FREE Spark Webinar, Six Atlas Teacher Tips: Developing Curriculum. In this interactive, 30-minute webinar, you’ll learn practical ways to use Atlas to save time as you plan and revise units. This will include easy-to-use ways to organize resources, search the curriculum, and make meaningful adjustments to your units. To learn more and register, click here. Unable to make that date and time? All registrants will receive a recording which can be viewed at any time and shared with colleagues.

  • Leading for Impact and Equity. Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm5:00 pm EST. Register here to participate live OR view the recording. #caring


  • Eduro Learning. Our world seems more divided than ever these days, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming, even hopeless. As educators, what can we do to make a difference? Find out in this self-paced series: Teaching Empathy to Unite a Divided World. $120 USD. #caring

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • 11 Questions to Professor John Hattie, asked by teachers and school leaders. Are you surprised by some of the evidence found in the Visible Learning research? In 2016, Corwin, a partner of John Hattie’s professional development program Visible Learning Plus, has organized an online Q&A.  Here are the questions (and their resulting responses) that teachers and school leaders submitted to Professor John Hattie. #open-minded

“It turns out that if you are learning surface-level information, the content, as contrasted with deep learning which is the relationships between the content, then problem-based learning, inquiry-based learning is pretty useless. But if you don’t teach the surface and the content, you’ve got nothing to inquire about. […] The reason it comes out very low on the chart is because most teachers introduce it far too early.”

-Professor John Hattie

  • Engage Emotions. Emotion is essential to learning and should not be underestimated or misunderstood as a trend, or as merely the “E” in “SEL,” or social-emotional learning. Read more here to learn about how emotion is where learning begins, or, as is often the case, where it ends. #caring

It is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don’t care about.

Dr. Immordino-Yang, neuroscientist

  • Learned Helplessness. Are we, as educators, unwittingly developing learned helplessness in our students? In this blog post from edutopia, find 17 ideas to improve self-efficacy in students. #reflective
  • Meditation. Can in-school meditation help curb youth violence? Read more here about in-school meditation programs in Chicago. #balanced

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