Approaching Teaching: Week of November 24, 2019

 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator


Cultures of Thinking. In this blog post learn how one international school has used visible thinking routines to develop a culture of thinking in classrooms. (3 minutes)

Spiral of Inquiry. In this blog post from Teacher Magazine, learn about the spiral of inquiry and what happens in each of the six stages. Explore how can this approach to professional learning be used to support the complex work of leaders and teachers, and improve student learning. (19 minutes)

What Educators Need to Unlearn. In this blog post Edna Sackson shares a few things that she suggests teachers should endeavor to unlearn in order to best support learning. (2 minutes)

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast


Enriching Academic Vocabulary. In this article from The New York Times learn about strategies to support ELL students (and all students!) as they learn tier-two vocabulary. (12 minutes)

Honing Questions.  Learn more in this blog post about how to create more thoughtful, skillful learners in the social sciences through honing questions. (8 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 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.


The Neuroscience of Trust. In this article from Harvard Business Review read about why trust is so important to our success and how our brains are wired to trust, and not trust, our colleagues. (15 minutes)

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer

Learn and Earn

Leveraging Free Digital Tools for Authentic Assessment. Teachers are well aware of the valuable feedback that authentic, ongoing assessment provides; helping them individualize teaching and encouraging each unique student to develop to their full potential! Join this edWebinar to learn about a variety of free Microsoft tools you can leverage in your classroom. November 25, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST / 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. AST (a link to the recording will be sent to all registrants). Learn more. | Register.


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.


Increasing Stress. As teen stress increases, this blog post from edutopia highlights how teachers are searching for answers and beginning to offer solutions. (3 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. (~10 minutes)

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