Approaching Teaching: Week of September 10, 2017

 How will you grow, learn, and inquire this week?

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

How can I take responsibility for my professional growth in order to be the best educator for AIS students?


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 taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

On the AIS campus

Outside of Kuwait

October 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. Join the Teacher Leader Institute in Bangkok, October 6 – 7, 2017. #knowledgeable

November 2017

  • Atlas Workshops for Teachers and Leaders. Join Rubicon consultants and fellow educators for sessions centered around creating curriculum in Atlas, looking at a variety of available reports and discussing process strategies. November 9 & November 11, 2017 hosted at GEMS Al Khaleej National School & GEMS Dubai American Academy. Find details here#knowledgeable
  • NESA Fall Training Institute. The Fall Training Institute will take place at the Riffa Views International School in Manama, Bahrain, November 3 – 4, 2017. #inquirers

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
  • NESA Winter Training Institute. The Winter Training Institute will take place at The American International School in Muscat, Oman, January 26 – 27, 2018. #inquirers

March 2018

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. The Spring Educators Conference will take place at The InterContinental Hotel in Athens, Greece, March 30 – April 1, 2018. #inquirers



  • Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL). September 11, the 9th fully online COETAIL cohort begins! This will be our second cohort incorporating our collaboration with Google for Education. Participants can choose to take COETAIL and fulfill the requirements to become a Google Education Certified Trainer at the same time! #inquirer
  • 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

  • Differentiated Classroom. Read about seven key practices that can help you create a classroom that meets the needs of all your students. #knowledgeable
  • Difficult Conversations. No doubt there will be at least one difficult conversation with a parent, a colleague, a friend, or a family member at some point during this school year. Review these ideas for engaging in difficult conversations.  #communicator
  • Each Interaction Counts. Each interaction shapes our relationships. Every interaction has the potential to improve or damage our connections with others. Every email, every smile, every roll of the eyes, every act of kindness, shapes our relationships. Every interaction brings life or death to our relationships. Jim Knight has more to say about the power of each interaction here#caring
  • Engaging Online Respectfully. We already hold our students accountable for what they say in the physical world, but what about the digital one? With the wide variety of online forums and social media, students now need to learn how to be held accountable in both. So, how can you empower your students to own what they say and be accountable online, just like they are in the physical world? Learn 3 ways here that you can effective communications in online spaces into your curriculum. #principled
  • Improving Productivity. Looking to improve productivity this year? This blog post offers some ideas for a getting off on the right foot every day. #reflective
  • Inspire Courage. If you encouraged a team member or student once a week, you’d do it about 50 times a year. Here is a list of helpful sentence starters for encouraging others. #risk-takers
  • Life Skills. Discover the 16 skills to master that “pay off forever” here.  #knowledgeable
  • Myths (and truths) about bilingual students. A lot of our ideas about bilingual children are total myths. Find details here#thinkers
  • Relationships First.  Here are some good reminders that reinforce why it is so important for educators to invest in relationships. #caring
  • Rethink Data. While data points provide some of the information necessary to support learning, when we collect data on the whole child we certainly gain important perspective. Read more here about how we can dive deeper into understanding the children in our classrooms. #reflective
  • Ten Books. In the last decade, a wealth of books has brought together ideas to help teachers have the greatest impact on student learning. Here are just a few. #knowledgeable
  • What is a PLC? Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are more focused on learning than on teaching. When we’re in a PLC, the conversation is focused mostly on learning. Read more from Steve Barkley here#inquirers

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