Approaching Teaching: Week of August 25, 2019

 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: Feedback Fanatic


Help Students Reflect on Learning. In this blog post, the educators at TeachThought share ten prompts to guide students to reflect on their learning. (2 minutes)
Making Feedback Visible. Read about one IB educator’s journey from marking to feedback in this blog post where he shares his four levels feedback template. (4 minutes)
Seven Things to Remember about Feedback. This infographic from ASCD highlights seven things to remember about feedback.
Feedback Take Aways

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator


Teaching Journeys. In this episode of the Turn & Talk podcast from Heinemann, the host is joined by Linda Rief (most recently the author of The Quickwrite Handbook) and Sara Ahmed (author of Being the Change: lessons and strategies to teach social comprehension) as they share their stories of their teaching journeys, teacher autonomy, and student inquiry. (41 minutes)

PYP ConnectED. In this episode of the Making Better Teachers podcast, learn more about PYP ConnectED: how it is bring teachers around the world together and the benefits of building professional communities. (35 minutes)


Inquiry Lesson Planning. Learn more in this blog post from Corwin Press about five steps that could inform the development of inquiry-rich lesson plans. (8 mins)

Process Learning.

Risk Takers. In this blog post from edutopia, learn how teachers make students feel safe enough to take risks—and then push them to do so. (4 minutes)


Teaching Perseverance. In this short video from The Teaching Channel, learn more about the importance of challenging students and how to encourage them to persevere and take on challenges. (2 minutes)

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast


Including Parents in Literacy. In short podcast from NPR, listen to how one reading program includes parents. (3 minutes)

[Parents are] the single greatest, and most under utilized natural resource in schools.


Can-Do Descriptors. In this blog post, learn more about the WIDA can-do descriptors that support English-language learners and literacy development, in general. (3 minutes)

How To Plan a Vocabulary-Focused Read Aloud.

Including Parents in Literacy. In this feature from NPR, read more about how one literacy program includes parents for one hour each week. (5 minutes)

Intentional Talk. In this teacher tip from Fountas and Pinnell, learn about how to weave intentional talk into whole-group teaching. (1 minute)

MISSION: Master Teacher



Strategies for Learning. In this podcast, Jennifer Gonzalez, from the Cult of Pedagogy, interviews two cognitive psychological scientists who share their insights into how students learn. They share six research-based learning strategies that students can use to more effectively learn and study…and experience success! (45 minutes)


Four Skills for the First Days. Read more here, from the KQED MindShift blog, about four skills to teach students in the first five days of school, including: researching, contributing, identifying passions, and sharing how we (the adults) learn. (6 minutes)

Strategies for Learning. In this blog post, Jennifer Gonzalez, from the Cult of Pedagogy, summarizes the (above-linked) podcast interview with two cognitive psychological scientists who share their insights into how students learn. They share six research-based learning strategies that students can use to more effectively learn and study…and experience success! (7 minutes)

MISSION: Math Maven


MISSION: Teacher Leader


Connecting with Students. In this episode of the Cult of Pedagogy podcast, learn more about “really connecting with your students”. (40 minutes)

“More important than anything else you do as a teacher is the relationship you build with your students.”


Coaching is More Than Asking Questions. Learn more in this article from Forbes about aspects of coaching that go beyond “just asking questions”. (5 minutes)

The Micro-Teaching Advantage. Videotaping your teaching practice is one way to engage in instructional coaching for growth. Read more in this article from Educational Leadership about how it can make for a better debrief and more learning. (5 minutes)

Managing a Classroom. In this article from edutopia, discover a key to effective classroom management. The author shares a three-phase process helps build strong teacher-student bonds, which can reduce disruptive behavior. (2 minutes)

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer


Develop Your Personal Learning Network. In this post from The SharingPYP Blog, former AIS Kuwait music teacher, Levi Allison, shares how he has leveraged his Twitter presence to feel less isolated as a specialist teacher. On Twitter, you can learn and share more about the learning community at #AISQ8 and @AISQ8official. (4 minutes)

MISSION: University Degree

Learn and Earn

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Wilkes University’s low-residency Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is designed for professionals seeking to transform the face of education. Through rigorous and relevant curriculum, which combines theory, applied research and interactive learning experiences, you will leave the program prepared to address the unique challenges faced in K-12, higher education or professional environments. The Ed.D. requires 60 post-master’s credits, including nine credits of dissertation. Attend three program residencies while participating in virtual class sessions and online learning. Learn more. | Apply.

Online Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Wilkes University is pleased to partner with the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) to offer the Master of Science in International School Leadership. This 30-credit master’s degree program is offered through a completely online format, allowing you the flexibility to obtain your graduate degree in as little as two years. Learn more. | Apply.

Tuition-Free Master’s of Education. The IB has collaborated with the University of the People and launched a tuition-free, online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) programme. The M.Ed. offers teachers and schools across the world an opportunity to further their careers, regardless of where they live and teach. Find out more here. Apply here to begin in 2019.

MISSION: Well-Being Wizard


Supporting Teens’ Social-Emotional Development. In this article, the author asserts that “we need to appeal to teens’ need for status and respect for SEL to work in high schools”. The author shares four ways to help teens develop greater self-awareness. (6 minutes)

Student Anxiety. Read this article to learn five things to say to students suffering from anxiety. (6 minutes)


Stop, Breathe & Think. Stop, Breathe & Think is a free mindfulness and meditation app that allows users to check-in with how they are feeling and provides activities tuned in to their emotions. The app allows users to tune in to how they are thinking and feeling, and select emotions that guide them to recommended meditations.

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