Approaching Teaching: Week of November 17, 2019

 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator


Students as Leaders of Their Own Learning. In this podcast from Getting Smart, Ron Berger shares his vision of how educators can help students become leaders of their own learning. (40 minutes)


Living Library. In this blog post from The SharingPYP Blog from the IB, learn how one school sparked the inquiry process for the PYP exhibition with a “Living Library Project.” (3 minutes)

I am the story: the story is me

Transforming Learning Culture. In this blog post, read about the one school’s journey to shift in thinking about learning in order to encourage and develop student agency. (3 minutes)

Updated PYP Placemat. In this blog post learn how one PYP team of educators has used the new PYP enhancements to update their school’s PYP placemat (1 minute)

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast


How Our Brains Figure Out What Words Mean.  It’s not just what you say that matters. It’s how you say it. Check out this blog post from KQED’s MindShift to learn more. (Read/Listen: 3 minutes)

MISSION: Master Teacher

Learn and Earn

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


Self-Reflection. In this article, Nicholas Cole says that self-reflection is the key to all personal development, and that development can happen at any time; all you have to do is ask yourself the right questions. (4 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.

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 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.


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


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.



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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