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Approaching Teaching: Week of March 26, 2017

 How will you show empathy, compassion, and respect in the workplace this week?

Inquirers – Knowledgeable – Thinkers – Communicators – Principled – Open-Minded – Caring – Risk Takers – Balanced – Reflective

How do we, as educators, consider our words and actions in relationship to our colleagues?

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 in the world around us.

(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Caring. 2013.)

How are you being inclusive of your AIS colleagues?

Set an objective for inclusiveness this week!



  • 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
    • Conflict Resolution Skills, University of California Irvine. Resolving conflict in a positive manner is a skill than can be developed and practiced. Being heard can be one of the most important goals of someone engaged in conflict. Examine listening skills, appropriate and strategic verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and how to assemble a conflict management plan likely to yield positive resolutions.
    • Culture-Driven Team BuildingUniversity of Pennsylvania, Culture-Driven Team Building. Master strategies and tools that will enable you to more effectively form, join, and lead teams.
    • Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence, Case Western Reserve University. Emotional intelligence, hope, mindfulness, and compassion help a person reverse the damage of chronic stress and build great leadership relationships. The Positive and Negative Emotional Attractors inspire sustained, desired change and learning at many levels.


  • Insight Timer. Home to more than 1,700,000 meditators, Insight Timer is rated as the top free meditation app on the Android and iOS stores. 4438 free guided meditations. 1059 of the world’s best meditation teachers.
  • YogaGlo. YogaGlo is online yoga and meditation you can do anywhere. Over 3500 classes at all levels. $18/month for unlimited access to classes. 15 day free trial.

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Ageless Respect. Regardless of how you use ageism – towards older or younger people – it shows a lack of respect. It also shows a lack of self-confidence in your work. Read more here#knowledgeable
  • Bias and Bro-Culture.  Bro culture has been highlighted in workplaces from the U.S. military to the financial sector. Read more about what a bro culture looks like and an account of what it feels like to be belittled, dismissed, harassed and even bullied in a culture that protects the “bro-club” while sacrificing diversity. #open-minded
  • Bullying in the Workplace. Bullying is usually seen as acts or verbal comments that could ‘mentally’ hurt or isolate a person in the workplace. Bullying usually involves repeated incidents or a pattern of behaviour that is intended to intimidate, offend, degrade or humiliate a particular person or group of people. Read more about the behaviors of workplace bullies here#reflective
  • Check your Ego. Dynamic balance means that even though you may find yourself at one end of the Ego scale, you have the self awareness to bring yourself down to a centered state at the appropriate time. In order to address this all important balance, here are five strategies to keep your ego in proportion. #reflective
  • Collegiality vs. Congeniality. Would you prefer to work in an environment that prioritizes congeniality or collegiality? Read more here about what each has to offer. #open-minded
  • Compassionate Workplace. Nir Eyal and Monica Worline discuss why cultivating compassion is crucial for success in business. #knowledgeable

“You get people much more deeply involved in their work when they can do it with compassion.”

  • Email Switch. What happened when a man and a woman switched names at work for a week? Read more about how a man realized  women are treated differently in the workplace after he accidentally signed off on emails using his female co-worker’s signature. #open-minded

  • Equitable Conversations. What is the purpose of Critical Friends Group® protocols? Protocols are structured processes and guidelines to promote meaningful, efficient communication, problem solving, and learning. These structures allow team members to listen actively and reflect, and to ensure that all voices in the group are heard and honored. Read more about how protocols, when led appropriately by a CFG trained coach, help build the skills and the culture necessary for productive collaborative work. #communicators

  • Fear, failure, and shame. Read a few words here from Seth Godin. How are we working to amplify the strengths of our colleagues and the AIS mission to provide “a nurturing educational environment”? #caring

“Shame is the dream killer, because shame (or the possibility of shame) amplifies our fear…”

  • Hearing vs. Listening. Have you ever tried to have a conversation with somebody who wasn’t listening to you? Could you tell? Giving someone your full attention in conversation isn’t easy, read more about how it is a skill we can practice and hone. #communicators
  • (Mentally) Wrestling with Adult Bullies. There is a paradox at play in the world of education and its anti-bullying initiatives. The adults themselves include bullies, victims, and bystanders. The situational irony is that the adult bully educators are part of an institution actively working against bullying behaviors. Read more here about mentally wrestling with adult bullies#caring
  • Mindfulness as a Necessity. This blog post shares that minduflness is quick and easy to implement, and has proven benefits including boosted working memory and reduced stress. #reflective
  • Power in Words. Words can make you sick. Or healed. Heavy or light. Here’s an experiment that might prove it. #caring
  • Work-Life Balance. The author of this article suggests that we often think about work-life balance in too narrow a way. We often think of it as something that we should achieve each day: an ideal day would include hours of work, and hours with family, not to mention some personal time, and of course a healthy dose of sleep. The balance of work and life plays out over decades, not days. #balanced

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This entry was posted on March 26, 2017 by in Caring, empathy, Inclusion, self-care.
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