Approaching Teaching: Week of October 20, 2019

 What is your learning mission?

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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The Big Understanding. In this podcast from the IB, Melanie Smith from the International School of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, talks about her passion for concept-based inquiry, sharing some magical moments of PYP learning along the way and some practical tips for supporting both students and educators with the ‘concept‘–of concepts! (17 minutes)

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Pitfalls of Inquiry Learning. In this blog post from Kath Murdoch, read about the pitfalls and perspectives of a leading inquiry-based educator. (10 minutes)

Student Agency is not… In this blog post from Will Richardson, learn more about what student agency is and is not. (2 minutes)

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast

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Spin Weave and Cut. Check out the blog and website of Nick Sousanis, a comics artist and educator, and a professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Fransisco. This website contains so many useful resources it will take you a while to explore – but it will be time well spent! Not only are there resources from a course on using comics in learning and teaching, Nick has also posted the syllabus and readings from a module that he is currently presenting – Comics as a Way of Thinking.

New Forms of Reading and Writing. In this blog post learn more about how to address BOTH analog AND digital forms of communication. (4 minutes)

Transitioning Makers to Print in the Writers Workshop. In this blog post from Angelas Stockman learn more about how to increase learners’ abilities to increase and improve their writing skills. (6 minutes)

MISSION: Master Teacher

Learn and Earn

Principals’ Training Center (PTC). Plan now for 2020 summer institutes in Miami or Rome! Learn more. | Register.

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.

MISSION: Teacher Leader

Learn and Earn

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. Hosted by the International School of Luxembourg and presented by Dr. Fran Prolman. December 6 – 7, 2019. 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.

Learn and Earn

Is Coaching Scary? In this blog post from MYP educator @alohalavina, learn more about how coaching supports a learning organization and gain further insights about what coaching is, and is not. (6 minutes)

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer

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Digital Skills for Life. In this blog post from the World Economic Forum, learn about eight digital life skills all children need and a plan for teaching them. (4 minutes)

OneNote Class Notebook. In this blog post from The Cult of Pedagogy, learn about the Office 365 digital binder that will change the way you teach. (7 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. 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.

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Calling In. So you need to do the work of allyship by calling someone in…but how might you go about doing that? This post will help you navigate the process. (5 minutes)

Social justice activism is essentially about people – it’s about supporting people, educating people and creating the sort of society where people’s autonomy, growth, and rights are nurtured.

Social Justice Educators. In this article from the Teaching Tolerance website, the advisory board shares advice for new social justice educators in the voice of “I wish I had known”. (3 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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