Approaching Teaching: Week of October 8, 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 nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

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




How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

On the AIS campus

  • Become a trained Critical Friends Group® Coach. Grow your knowledge and abilities to support collaboration! In this five-day Critical Friends Group New Coaches’ Training, participants will learn specific protocols and activities to solve dilemmas, look at student work, improve their own work, and more! Those who complete the training will become certified coach-members of the NSRF, and will have learned to create equity in collaboration, increase efficient, effective communication, and enhance personal performance through reflective practice. A Critical Friends Group promotes Collaboration for Growth. To learn more about CFG work and this training, visit the NSRF Harmony or contact the facilitator, Christina Botbyl. #communicators #inquirers


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

February 2018

  • ASB Unplugged. Come to the sixth ASB Un-Plugged 2018 to engage in developing and articulating a vision for learning. Bring a team from your school to be inspired and to learn about best practices that will help you steer an intentional course. ASB Un-Plugged is a learning opportunity for audiences ranging from classroom teachers to technology directors and coordinators, from principals, superintendents and business managers to tech support teams.  ASB Un-Plugged happens at the American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India, February 22 – 24, 2018. #inquirers



  • Enhancing the STEM Curriculum with Virtual Simulations. Find out how online simulations can help enhance your STEM curriculum, prepare for the Next Generation Science Standards, effect growth mindset and more in our webinar series. Gizmos and Reflex enhance students’ success in math and science, and ExploreLearning provides professional development to teachers to build their own success in the classroom. Gizmos are a perfect solution for schools looking for ways to enhance STEM curriculum and build 21st century skills for students. ExploreLearning Gizmos help teachers take advantage of research-proven instructional strategies and let students of all ability levels develop deep conceptual understanding. Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive visualizations of science and mathematics concepts. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation. Register here (Tuesday, October 10). #inquirer
  • 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? Check out three of the different options below! #knowledgeable
    • The 1:1 Teacher: This micro-credential was designed for educators that are already in or new to a 1:1 learning environment or looking to move into a 1:1 classroom.  The course series of this micro-credential helps the educator that is unfamiliar with tools that assist in the implementation of technology in the classroom. If you’re a complete novice with technology, or you’re just wanting to learn how you can be purposeful with the technology in your classroom, this is the micro-credential for you!
    • The Connected Teacher: If you’ve already moved into a 1:1 classroom and are looking to up your overall technology integration knowledge, this micro-credential is for you! The 1:1 technology you have in your classroom can help you connect your students with others around the globe, inc If you’re interested in how to become a connected teacher, this micro-credential helps you to connect yourself and your students to the world.
    • The Coach: This micro-credential was designed for teachers new to coaching or looking to move into coaching or integration roles. If you’re passionate about coaching others to better implement technology in their classrooms, this is the micro-credential for you!

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Agreements to Support Collaboration. How do you keep professional agreements relevant? NSRF National Facilitator, Kevin Mabie, shares his thoughts here #reflective
  • Diving into Deep Learning. This blog post (and really any other by the amazing @alohalavina) should be required reading for all serious #ibmyp educators. #thinkers
  • Meaningful feedback. Discover three great strategies for giving students personalized and meaningful feedback. #knowledgeable
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom. Watch this 10 minute video from the Teaching Channel to learn strategies for helping students to be present and stay focused. #balanced
  • Post-It Note Activities. 
  • The Teacher Carry-on. What is in your teacher carry-on? As teachers, we must be prepared with a ‘teacher carry-on’ that is filled with the essentials we need each day. When lessons don’t go well, when technology goes haywire or when things seem so bad we question our calling as a teacher, we will rely on the items in our carry-on to get us through. Read this blog post to discover 5 essentials we must pack daily. #inquirers

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