Approaching Teaching @ AISK

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

Approaching Teaching: Week of March 19, 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!

Outside of Kuwait

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

 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
  • Making and Creating. Design, code, test ideas, rise to the challenge, celebrate the lessons of failure and the satisfaction of success.  This workshop is designed for classroom teachers wanting to set up a makers corner, and to tech integration teachers developing a makerspace. April 29 – 30, 2017. Hannover , Germany. Learn more#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 William. June 2 – 3, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more#knowledgeable

Summer 2017

  • Teacher’s/Counselor’s/Principal’s Training Centers. The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals, teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide. #knowledgeable

Fall 2017

  • Teacher’s/Counselor’s/Principal’s Training Centers. The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals, teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide. #knowledgeable

January 2018 (!)

  • Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom. Lynn Erickson expands our understanding of the conceptual level of knowledge, thinking, and understanding. In this highly interactive session, Dr. Erickson will challenge your mind as she contrasts a three-dimensional concept-based curriculum and instruction model with the worn out two-dimensional coverage model. You will learn specific, practical instructional strategies that engage the hearts and minds of students. January 19 – 20, 2018, Dubai. Learn more#inquirers



  • 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

  • Children need art…The effects of cultural starvation are not dramatic and swift. They’re not so easily visible. Many children in every part of the world are starved for something that feeds and nourishes their soul in a way that nothing else ever could or ever would. Read more in this statement from award-winning author, Philip Pullman. #balanced

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play.

  • Community of Readers. Find out how one teacher has created a classroom where “reading is just what we do.” In this blog post she references a “no gimmicks” approach guided by four big ideas#reflective
  • Graph of the Week. Visit the Graph of the Week resource to help students to become lifelong critical and analytical thinkers, but also benefits them through developing academic literacy, engaging them in oral discourse, linking mathematics to real-world situations, in addition to many other ways. #knowledgeable
  • Memorizers are lowest achievers. Data from the 13 million students who took PISA tests showed that the lowest achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy. The highest achieving students were those who thought of math as a set of connected, big ideas. Read more about how Common Core Math standards move away from memorization Math and encourages inquiry, communication, connections, and visual ideas here#thinkers

Mathematics classes of the past decade have valued one type of math learner, one who can memorize well and calculate fast.

  • Social Media as a Learning Tool. In the article, From Taboo to Trending, read about how formerly restricted social media is the new learning tool in classrooms. #communicators
  • Structures for Thinking. In this article from KQED’s Mind/Shift, learn more about how Project Zero members have been working to hone in on a short list of “thinking moves” related to understanding. #inquirers

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