Approaching Teaching @ AISK

inquiring – conceptual understanding – contextualizing – collaborating – differentiating – assessing – reflecting

Approaching Teaching: Week of January 14, 2018

 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 growth in order to be the best educators for AIS students?


We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference int he lives of others and in the world around us.

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



How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!


Outside of Kuwait

Ongoing 2018

  • IB PYP. Discover the 2018 PD Workshop Calendar here.

January 2018

  • 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

March 2018

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. The NESA SEC will take place in Athens, Greece March 30 – April 1. Current topics scheduled can be found here#inquirers
  • Teacher Skills Forum. The Teacher Skills Forum is an annual regional event organized by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) in partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to provide teachers from the Arab world with modern and creative strategies and innovative teaching techniques. It is a platform for teachers to explore, learn, and share experiences with some of the world’s most renowned educators and scholars. March 3 – 4, 2018 at the Convention Center at the Dead Sea, Jordan. Find further information here#knowledgeable

May 2018

  • Teaching and Learning Mathematics Through an Inquiry Approach. This workshop is designed to empower teachers to apply the principles and practice of inquiry to the discipline of Mathematics, through exploring Mathematical skills and concepts. May 3 – 5 in Bangkok, Thailand. Find more information here#inquirers

June 2018

  • PTC Summer 2018 Schedules. The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals,  teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide. We strive to provide world class, research-driven practical training, designed to be put into practice in the international school setting. #inquirers



  • Master’s in School Counseling Online. USC Rossier School of Education offers an online Master of Education (ME) in School Counseling that prepares practitioners to make a real difference in K-12 learning environments. The curriculum, which was created by USC faculty who are experts in their fields, focuses on three key areas affecting today’s schools: college and career readiness, restorative justice and trauma informed practices. Request information here. #caring
  • Mathematics Illuminated. Mathematics Illuminated is a thirteen-part series for adult learners and high school teachers. The series explores major themes in the field of mathematics, from humankind’s earliest study of prime numbers, to the cutting-edge mathematics used to reveal the shape of the universe. This free online, self-paced learning opportunity is offered by Annenberg Learner#knowledgeable
March 2018

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Assessing Your Year So Far. Congratulations! You’ve made to January, the halfway point of the school year. January is the perfect time to check in on your progress, reflect, and reboot for the remainder of the school year! Read the Mid-Year Check-In blog post from the Teaching Channel#reflective
  • Brain Plasticity. While it was once thought that connections in the brain become fixed as we age, research shows that the brain has the capacity to change with learning. “Changes associated with learning occur mostly at the level of the connections between neurons. New connections can form and the internal structure of the existing synapses can change,” says Dr. Pascale Michelon. For more information, read his 2008 article Brain Plasticity: How learning changes your brain#thinkers

In addition to genetic factors, the environment in which a person lives, as well as the actions of that person, play a significant role in plasticity.

  • How to Get Your Mind to Read. The ubiquity of digital media has, perhaps, impacted our ability to read for sustained amounts of time. Some of us may be too busy on Snapchat to read, or perhaps internet skimming has made us incapable of reading serious prose. The problem is not bad reading habits engendered by smartphones, but bad education habits engendered by a misunderstanding of how the mind reads. Read more here#reflective
  • Lifelong Learning. Try learning something new! The research shows how important it is to continue learning – to become lifelong learners. Learning something new could be the best new year resolution you can make. Not only is it easier to keep this resolution for yourself, you can continue to use the knowledge you gain and even continue your learning. to master the subject you choose. Read more about the importance of being a lifelong learner in this blog post#risk-takers
  • Student Blogging. Check out one educator’s top 10 tips for student blogging here#communicators
  • Teaching Spoon-Fed Students.  An Australian university instructor wants to tell you about what it is like to teach literature to habituated non-readers, and why it is worth it. Read the article here#thinkers

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This entry was posted on January 14, 2018 by in Inclusion, Literacy, NESA, Podcasts, Professional Learning, Technology Integration, Twitter.
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