Approaching Teaching: Week of January 29, 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 thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Reflective. 2013.)
How are you taking charge of your learning?
Set an objective for your learning this week!
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Embedding Formative Assessment. Learn what Formative Assessment is (and isn’t) with Professor Dylan Wiliam. June 2 – 3, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. #knowledgeable
- 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
- Amplify Reflection. Reflection is an important component of the learning process, NOT an add-on to be eliminated if time is running short. Included in this blog post are a few routines, taxonomies, and prompts that support reflection and to give a variety of choices to grow as reflective, metacognitive learners. #reflective
- Inclusivity and Language. To what extent does the language of deeper learning — terms like project-based learning, expeditions, makerspaces — connect with second language English families trying to choose the best education path for their children? Read more here about how the language we use about learning can include and exclude families and students. #communicators
- Paper: the real “killer app”. With apps taking over our lives, there’s a movement afoot as people yearn for simpler, technology-free times. Do you split your time between traditional and new media? Do you need a break from technology? Read this article to find out how a return to paper, stationery, pens, and cursive handwriting are the tool of planning, organizing, and brainstorming. #balanced
- Visible Thinking Routines. Download this free ebook with all the Visible Thinking Routines by Project Zero. #reflective