Approaching Teaching: Week of September 29, 2019

 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: Feedback Fanatic

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Read, Reflect, Review. In this 60-second strategy feature from edutopia, learn a simple activity helps students practice giving and receiving peer feedback—and gets them out of their desks.

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator

Learn and Earn

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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Boost Conceptual Thinking. Learn more in this blog post from edutopia about how to boost students’ conceptual thinking. (3 minutes)

Content Knowledge is Important. In this article from MindShift, learning more about wy content knowledge is crucial to critical thinking. (5 minutes)

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast

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Promoting Active Reading Strategies. Placing prompts throughout a text challenges students to analyze and interpret what they read—improving reading comprehension. Read more in this blog post from edutopia. (2 minutes)

Strengths-Based Approach. Build confidence in English language learners by celebrating strengths, being a trustworthy support system, and making learning exciting. Read more here. (5 minutes)

Talk Moves. In this article from edutopia, learn about sentence starters that students can use to join a class discussion to encourage both academic thinking and social connectedness. (1 minute)

MISSION: Master Teacher

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Equity in Grading Practices. In this post from the MindShift blog, read about how teachers are changing grading practices with an eye on equity. (2 minutes)

Learning from Feedback. In this article from the Teaching Channel, learn more about using coaching and teamwork to improve teaching practice. (6 minutes)

MISSION: Math Maven

Learn and Earn

IB Math Workshop. The main objective of the workshop is to introduce you to the new syllabus including structure, content, external assessment, internal assessment, delivery style and the role of technology. What happens to Math Studies students? Most importantly, what is expected of you, the teacher and how to best share experiences and resources for the new syllabus. November 22 – 24 in Vienna, Austria. Learn more. | Register.

Rethinking Math Culture. If we want to change how students think and talk in our classrooms, we need to transform the math culture. In this edWebinar, we’ll discuss resources that help promote mathematical thinking, ideas for implementing strategic classroom changes, and activities to ensure a powerful transformation. September 30, 4:00 PM EDT / 11:00 PM AST. Can’t make it? The edWebinar recording will be posted the day after the presentation. 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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Comic Books in Math Class. In this free article from EdWeek, learn how math teachers are taking a page from English Language Arts and using comic books to engage students. (7 minutes)

Productive Struggle. In this smartbrief, learn the keys to productive struggle in elementary mathematics (that also apply to other subjects and grade levels). (5minutes)

MISSION: Teacher Leader

Learn and Earn

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.

Leading with a Coach Approach. Learn how to leading with a coach approach mindset to using teacher goal setting to tailor feedback to teachers, to building coaching skills and practice feedback conversations, and to prioritize getting into classrooms using time management strategies/tools. Expect to practice reframing judgmental feedback and addressing concerns and to learn strategies to transform your school into a team. February 21 – 22, 2020 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 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

Learn and Earn

Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week. October 14 to 18 is #digcitweek. Does your school have a plan? Digital Citizenship Week is a great chance to get digital citizenship off the ground at your school. Increase awareness and get students, faculty, and families inspired to learn about media balance, cyberbullying, privacy, and much, much more! In this edWebinar, Wanda Greenfield will present her original ideas for taking advantage of this week. You’ll also get tips and resources from Common Sense Education. October 8, 3:00 PM EDT / 10:00 PM AST. Can’t make it? The edWebinar recording will be posted the day after the presentation. Learn more. | Register.

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. Learn more. | Apply.

MISSION: Well-Being Wizard

Learn and Earn

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.

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.

Listen/Read

Building Resilience. In this Cult of Pedagogy podcast and blog post, learn 12 ways teachers can build their own resilience. (Listen: 50 minutes / Read: 8 minutes)

Practice

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. (~10 minutes)

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