Approaching Teaching: Week of October 29, 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 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 int he world around us.

(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Caring. 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. Are you attending? Will you be presenting? Visit the PEAK website or speak to Sinae VanHaastert for more details. #risk-takers

Outside of Kuwait

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
  • Teach Children to Read with Meaning, Engagement & Joy. Join Katy Collins as she shares I am Reading in Frankfurt, November 11th – 12th, 2017. Find more details here#caring
  • Unleash the Power of Creativity in Your Students. Join Jeff Utecht as he shares The Connected Classroom in Luxembourg, November 11 – 12, 2017. Find more details here#open-minded

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

June 2018

  • PTC Teacher Training Center. Introducing in 2018…the International Certificate of English as an Additional Language (EAL). TTC teams up with renowned EAL specialist Gini Rojas to bring you a unique blended learning certificate program for international school classroom teachers and EAL specialists!



  • EduroLearning. Check out EduroLearning’s new opportunity for administrators and leaders! This opportunity is self-paced and set to begin as soon as you pay. #knowledgeable

November 2017

  • National Novel Writing Month. Author Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg shares the 10 reasons why she writes with her students instead of assigning writing to them. She also offers two options for getting started with National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) that kicks off November 1. For more ideas on NaNoWriMo activities, preview Chapter 5 of Vicki’s book, The Author’s Apprentice and watch Vicki talk about why NaNoWriMo is so empowering for students. For other NaNoWriMo resources, visit the NaNoWriMo website#risk-takers
  • Teaching With the Brain in Mind. Join this free 60 minute webinar with Eric Jensen, best selling author of Different Brains, Different Learners. Thursday, November 2, 2017. 19:00 London time zone. #inquirers
March 2018

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Becoming #Open-Minded. How many times have teachers heard the question, “Why do I have to learn this?” Read this blog post to find ways to help students become more open-minded. #open-minded
  • Detective Work. Provide students with opportunities to practice and master detective skills, including observation and analysis, needed to make them life-long learners. Read about in this blog post from Annenberg Learner. #inquirers
  • Differentiation and Growth Stages. Every student we teach is on a different level of growth when they learn something new. Some grasp certain concepts quickly while others require a little more guidance in order to understand and learn. When we recognize the ‘growth stages’ that each of our students go through every time they learn something new, it can really help us grasp how to serve them better.  Listen to this (12 minute) podcast to learn about three growth milestones that students go through in their learning process and just how important it is to recognize them. #knowledgeable
  • Digital Reading Support. Discover 18 digital tools and strategies that support students’ reading and writing in this post from KQED’s Mind/shift#communicators
  • Jigsaw Literature. Jigsaw activities are not a new innovation in education. Teachers have been using the strategy for years  because it blends independent work with the power of group work to extend learning. In this blog post, read about how using a jigsaw activity can help every student engage with literature. #communicators
  • Learner Centered Experiences. When we focus on learners, connect to their interests, needs, and goals, we can create experiences that ignite curiosity, develop passion, and unleash genius.  There are common characteristics that always surface when people share powerful learning experiences. Discover 10 characteristics of learner centered experiences here#caring
  • More Advice on Teen Smartphone Use. Here is a summary of an article from the Phi Delta Kappan entitled, “The Distracted Student Mind: Enhancing Its Focus and Attention”. Find suggestions for messages that educators and parents should be giving kids. #caring
  • One-Sentence Lesson Plan. Meet the one-sentence lesson plan. With it, you only need to answer three things: The WHAT (know), the HOW (do), and the WHY (understand). #knowledgeable
  • Self-Direction. Successful self-directed, continuous learners become “addicted” to feedback.  Learn about the holy trinity of self-direction here#reflective
  • Truthbombs. Read this blog post to celebrate the wisdom of children. What wise words have your students shared lately? #open-minded

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