Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

Approaching Teaching: Week of February 5, 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 understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Balanced. 2013.)



How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

In Kuwait

February 9 – 11, 2017

  • Kuwait Maker Faire. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. More details here#thinkers

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 Mai, 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



  • Starting in February, Understanding Language/SCALE at Stanford Graduate School of Education will begin the second part of their FREE online courses sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation. These MOOCs aim at helping educators use innovative assessment practices – instructionally-focused formative assessment and curriculum-embedded performance assessments – for deeper learning. They will continue to focus on instructional improvement and student learning related to both the academic standards and the English Language Proficiency standards. #knowledgeable
    • Formative Assessment: Focus on Student Language. Learning as Evidence: Improving Argumentation through Formative Assessment Practice (February 28- May 30, 2017) Register here.
    • Building and Using Performance Assessments. Designing for Deeper Learning: How to Implement and Improve Performance Tasks (Feb 28- May 16, 2017) Register here.


  • 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

  • All Sides. Help students to recognize diverse perspectives in news and issues! AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant. Here is a preview of how they present news stories. There are also numerous free resources to support teachers (sign-up required). #balanced


  • Class Discussions. Read this blog post, The Big Little List of Class Discussion Strategies, to learn and review 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging. #communicators
  • Disciplinary Literacy. Literacy differs by discipline – vocabulary, sentence structure, use of graphic information, etc. Historians read different kinds of texts than scientists. A history text uses maps, perhaps a painting depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence, while a science text is quite different. Read more here.

Understanding how to move among prose, equations, diagrams, tables, plots, and photos is an essential science reading skill

  • DP Testimonial. To date, more than 1.2 million students worldwide have graduated from the Diploma Programme (DP). IB students reflect diverse experiences and perspectives, attend IB World Schools in 147 countries representing an even broader range of nationalities. Meet one IB DP graduate as he shares the impact of the DP on his life. #reflective
  • International Mindedness. International-mindedness is a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility to its members. It is an awareness of the inter-relatedness of all nations and peoples, and a recognition of the complexity of these relationships. Internationally-minded people appreciate and value the diversity of cultures in the world and make an effort to learn more about them. Read this blog post to learn 10 ways to promote international mindedness. #open-minded
  • Reflecting on Reflection. This article explores how reflection contributes to comprehension, synthesis and invention. #reflective

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