Approaching Teaching: Week of September 8, 2019

 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: Feedback Fanatic

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Changing Our Relationships With Grades. In this edWebinar, the presenter will discuss ways classroom teachers and administrators can adjust current practices to increase learning for all students. With a focus on reflection, self-assessment, and feedback, you can change the conversation in the classroom to be one that is more than a grade on a piece of paper. Also explore how to shift the conversation to one that is about growth. Attendees will consider their current beliefs around grading systems. This FREE webinar is live on September 11, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST) / September 12, 2019, 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM (AST). Recordings of the event are available to all who register. Learn more. | Register.

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator

Questioning.

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Cultures of Thinking. Dr. Ron Ritchhart, Principal Investigator for the Cultures of Thinking Project and Senior Research Associate at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero, will lead this seminar which is suitable for teachers, assistants, administrators and school leaders across grade levels and subject areas. Ron’s research focuses on understanding and developing the kinds of thoughtful learning environments that foster powerful learning for both students and teachers. November 7, 2019 – November 8, 2019 at The International School of Amsterdam. Learn more. | Register.

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9 Strategies for Getting More Students to Talk. Learn more in this blog post from edutopia about techniques for increasing the number of students who talk and share their ideas in class. (4 minutes)

Confronting Invisible Bias. When a group of tenth graders turned in essays using politically slanted sources, media specialist Jacquline Whiting knew they needed a lesson on the dangers of bias confirmation. So she created one. By removing words from a well-written op-ed and asking students to fill in the blanks, she showed them that there’s power in word choice—even when it’s subtle.

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast

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Class Discussion Strategies. In this post (and podcast) from Cult of Pedagogy, Jennifer Gonzalez shares the big list of class discussion strategies. (14 minutes)

Metacognitive Reading. A mini-lesson and anchor chart for showing early elementary students how to monitor their comprehension as they read. (3 minutes)

Reading Aloud to Older Children. In this article from MindShift, learn more about why reading aloud to older children is valuable. (2 minutes)

MISSION: Master Teacher

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Coaching for Change. Change is hard. However, it doesn’t have to be! When attempting to change anything, from an instructional practice to a career/job to developing a new skill, a critical step toward reaching your potential and achieving your goals, is seeking support with this process. Work with a coach! Read more about coaching for change here. (12 minutes)

Master Learning Objectives and Mastery Thresholds in the Classroom. Check out five essential elements for enabling students to move at their own pace and scaling mastery learning. Read more here. (7 minutes)

MISSION: Math Maven

What Can You Create With Equations?

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Computational Thinking in Elementary Math. Computers and computer science are an ever-increasing part of our world. Computational thinking is foundational to these fields; it also supports mathematical process and practice standards. Computational thinking includes four core components: patterning, decomposition, algorithmic thinking, and abstraction. How do these ideas support grade-level mathematical concepts and skills? How do they develop the thinking skills required for careers in the STEM fields? The first in this series (Patterning and Abstraction) of FREE webinars is live on Wednesday, September 8, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (EST) / 11:00 p.m. (AST). Learn more. | Register.

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. October 10 – 12, 2020 in Chang Mai, Thailand. Learn more. | Register.

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Math Revision Activities. In her new video series on Making Maths fun, Mathematics teacher Holly Millican shares the top revision activities that she uses in her classroom at South Grafton High School in New South Wales. (7 minutes)

MISSION: Teacher Leader

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Building and Sustaining a Healthy International School Culture. In this AAIE self-paced course, learn how to assess and strengthen a healthy international school culture so that the school’s leaders, staff, practices and structures truly support learning. Additionally, learn how to develop a safe school environment that promotes cooperation, respect, collaborative decision-making, honest communications, and connective relationships. Learn more. | Register today for this on-demand, fully-facilitated, self-paced, online class.

Ethical Leadership in International Schools. In this AAIE self-paced course, apply multiple leadership strategies to understand change effectiveness and enhance the change process, identify ethical decisions made in contexts of personal and cultural values and institutional precedents, and design a guide for ethical leadership for your international school. Learn more. | Register today for this on-demand, fully-facilitated, self-paced, online class.

Leading a Culture of Thinking. Dr. Ron Ritchhart, Principal Investigator for the Cultures of Thinking Project and Senior Research Associate at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero, will lead this seminar which is suitable for teachers, assistants, administrators and school leaders across grade levels and subject areas. Ron’s research focuses on understanding and developing the kinds of thoughtful learning environments that foster powerful learning for both students and teachers. November 9, 2019 at The International School of Amsterdam. Learn more. | Register.

Women in Leadership Institute. Please join us for a transformational, perspective enhancing and strategy building institute to solidify your unique “women in leadership” skill set. You will highlight the ways to build self and organizational trust, psychological safety and empathy. In addition, you will identify the ways to practice self-reliance and self-care. April 3 –  4, 2020 at The International School of Amsterdam. Learn more. | Register.

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer

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European Edtech Conference. This workshop will equip K-12 educators with inspirational and innovative strategies and approaches for using mobile technology to promote student agency and develop visible thinking. An event where everyone brings something to the table. Come design, create and innovate with us. February 13 – 14, 2020 at The International School of Amsterdam. Learn more. | Register.

Maker Educator Certificate. A four-day professional development program where educators explore learning through Making with hands-on activities, case studies, and classroom examples. The Certificate explores the educational theory, practices, and approaches to successfully integrate learning through Making in the classroom. October 2 – 5, 2019 at The International School of Amsterdam. Learn more. | Register.

MISSION: University Degree

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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. Learn more. | Apply.

MISSION: Well-Being Wizard

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in All Classrooms. In this edWebinar, you’ll learn about why culturally responsive teaching is vital for all classrooms and how to take steps to create safe, justice-minded, and inclusive learning opportunities for all students. Attendees will learn about culturally responsive and social justice pedagogy and understand what it should look like in every classroom regardless of demographics. This FREE webinar is live on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST/10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. AST. Learn more. | Register.

Engagement Strategies for Students with Attention Challenges: Lower Anxiety and Raise Confidence. Educational therapist Ezra Werb, M.Ed. shares his strategies for lowering students’ anxiety, raising confidence, and increasing engagement. First, he covers the basics about how ADHD and executive function (EF) deficits affect students’ classroom experiences. He then dives into the strategies of student support he’s fine-tuned over a dozen years. This FREE webinar is live on Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST/9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. AST. Learn more. | Register.

Mental Health and School Community. Develop clinical skills and foster peer consultation as a means of developing support across schools and geography. Participate in an effective peer consultation group to address challenging cases you’ve managed. Develop en vivo social/emotional understanding of clinical engagement through an experiential group/learning model. March 31 – April 1, 2020 at the NESA Spring Educators Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. | Register.

5 Mindfulness Practices for Back to School. Now that school is back in session and everyone is once again experiencing the hustle and bustle of a new year, let’s start the year with clarity and calm. In this edWebinar, kids yoga expert and popular recording artist Bari Koral will share five mindfulness activities you can incorporate into your classroom right away. This FREE webinar is live on Thursday, September 12, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST) / 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (AST). Learn more. | Register.

Positive Education: The Science of Well-Being. A four-day extended learning certificate course. April 2 – 5, 2020 at the NESA Spring Educators Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. | Register.

The Teacher and Social Emotional Learning. Enroll in this University of Boulder SEL specialization offered online through coursera. Audit courses for FREE or pay $49 per month for an all access pass to coursera courses.

A four-day extended learning certificate course. April 2 – 5, 2020 at the NESA Spring Educators Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. | Register.

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Teenage Brains Are Elastic. Teenage brain elasticity is a big opportunity for social-emotional learning. “You can’t actually function in a purely academic zone without also developing the sensibilities, orientations, behaviors and strategies that all of us use to navigate our everyday lives.” Read more here.

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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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