Approaching Teaching: Week of September 17, 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 learning in order to be the best we can be for AIS students?

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the  values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Open-Minded. 2013.)


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

On the AIS campus

In Kuwait

December 2017

  • PEAK Conference. The Professional Educators Around Kuwait conference will take place Saturday, December 9, 2017 on the Northwest School campus in Farwaniya. We will be seeking AIS teachers to present workshops, so be thinking about all of the great ideas you could share with educators from Kuwait private English language schools. #risk-takers

Outside of Kuwait

October 2017

  • NESA Fall Leadership Conference. The NESA FLC will take place in Abu Dhabi, October  19 – 21. Current topics scheduled include: Head/Heart (with Carolyn McKanders), Sustained Systemic Transformation through Coaching (with Steve Barkley), Leading and Monitoring the Creation and Critique of Assessment for Learning Tasks (with Natlie Bolton), and others#inquirers

November 2017

  • NESA Fall Training Institute. The NESA FTI will take place at the Riffa Views School in Manama, Bahrain, November 3 – 4. Current topics scheduled include: developing a maker mindset, assessment, standards-based phys. ed., and others#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 NESA WTI will take place at The American International School of Muscat in Oman, January 26 – 27. Current topics scheduled can be found here#inquirers



  • Women Leaders: Lessons for Our Times. Education industry thought leaders Kathy Hurley (Real Women, Real Leaders) and Ann McMullan (Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby) share life lessons on how to become a successful leader. Discover strategies to help you navigate leadership roles within your school system. Learn key leadership competencies and how to use them to navigate pathways to success. Get special access to a leadership self-assessment tool that will help you to discover your leadership traits, and determine which skills you need to acquire to develop your personal roadmap to the top. Register today for this webinar that will take place October 4, 2017; 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.  #open-minded
  • Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women’s Paths to Power. Use the hashtag #WISLchat and join AASA guest hosts Superintendent Pamela Moran and Assistant Superintendent Elizabeth Freeman in a discussion of The New York Times best-seller Break Your Own Rules. Learn about the six faulty assumptions (or “rules”) most women follow that get in the way of them nailing the top leadership job. Discover how to break through the barriers and advance in your career by adopting the new rules of leadership that lead to clear a path to help you move up the district ladder. Join this tweet chat on October 11, 2017; 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET. Register today#open-minded


  • Eduro Learning. Check out EduroLearning’s new microcredentials opportunity! This opportunity is set to begin in October. What’s awesome about these new microcredentials? There are 4 different options for how you take them. #knowledgeable

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Best Education Podcasts 2017. Teachers, psychologists, and authors bring you handy tips and big-picture takes on the state of education in these eight podcasts. Find out more here#knowledgeable
  • Breaking the Mindset Barrier. In this blog post, the authors explores the idea that testing could be reframed from an interruption to student learning to a useful tool to help students develop skills and, ultimately, break a fixed mindset. #reflective
  • Bridging Content and Language. A new set of students brings new challenges and opportunities. The English Language Learner (ELL), like all students, is a learner of language. Teaching Channel offers a new video series about teaching and learning with ELLs to their library and their ELL Deep Dive. Watch teachers from Waukesha, Wisconsin, where two teachers co-teach 45 students in a class where 75% are ELLs. See effective strategies for bridging content and language, but also a model for how two teachers collaborate and share their strengths to create an amazing learning environment. #inquirers
  • Differentiated Instruction. Access the New Teacher Survival Guide: Differentiated Instruction and watch a new teacher’s first attempt at a differentiated lesson. #caring
  • Education Neuromyths. In this blog post, the author explores why ‘learning styles’ and other education neuromyths won’t go away. #open-minded

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