Approaching Teaching: Week of December 1, 2019

 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: Data Devotee

Learn and Earn

Data to Impact Change. Join Atlas and MAP Growth for a professional learning experience in Dubai. Explore how using Atlas and MAP results together can support the shifts needed to combine curriculum and instruction to drive student learning. Thursday, January 23 and Saturday, January 25, 2020.  Learn more. | Group rates are available!

MISSION: Formative Feedback Fanatic

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The Right Time for Feedback. In this blog post from KQED’s Mind/Shift, read more about how one educator switched her feedback practice from focusing on the product to focusing on the process. (6 minutes)

MISSION: Forward-Thinking Futurist

Imagine What School Could Be… What would schools look like if we were developing students as collaborative innovators ready to tackle the world’s most complex challenges? Read more in this article from Corwin Connect. (5 minutes)

Innovative Schools. In this article from ReDesigning High School, learn what innovative schools do differently. (4 minutes)

Signature Experiences. In this article from Getting Smart, learn about why schools need signature learning experiences. (3 minutes)

Skills for 2030. In this article from Getting Smart, read about ideas for building skills for 2030 now. (5 minutes)

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator

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Emancipatory Education. “Students have to be given the ability to use their innate intelligence and ability to reason and understand. This lends itself to the ability to attain knowledge and is crucial to academic and social success,” intones Keith Davis of NASSP in his article on Emancipatory Education, Guiding Students to be Critical Thinkers and Masters of Their Own Education.” (6 minutes)

IB World Magazine. Access and read the October 2019 issue of IB World magazine here.

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast

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Close Reading. In this blog post from edutopia, a third-grade teacher shares a simple step-by-step guide for close reading instruction. (3 minutes)

RL1 Students will read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. 

– AIS adopted standards, (CCSS ELA)

UN Sustainable Development Goals Book Club. This United Nations book club is teaching children about the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more in this article about titles and how to get involved! You can join the Book Club here. (3 minutes)

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

– Sustainable Development Goal 4 “Quality Education”

MISSION: Master Teacher

Learn and Earn

Teacher Skills Forum. Register for the Teacher Skills Forum 2020 themed “Learning is fun. Why are kids bored at school?”, scheduled on 6-7-8 March, 2020 at the Queen Rania Teachers Academy – Amman, Jordan Learn more. | Register.

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Cooperating versus Collaborating. In this episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve looks at the difference between teacher cooperation and teacher collaboration. (13 minutes)

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Binary Thinking Trap. In this blog post, the author examines several examples of binary thinking and discusses how to apply a more thoughtful, effective approach and address the complexities of the challenges we face. (5 minutes)

Students described as ‘bad students’ simply have not yet learned the skills they need to behave in complex situations like those found in classrooms and schools.

 

MISSION: Math Maven

Learn and Earn

Preparation and Customization. Join this free webinar Making Intentional Decisions to Meet Students’ Needs to learn the 3-step process to customize Eureka Math/EngageNY Math lessons and more. Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. EST / Wednesday, December 11, 3:00 a.m. AST. **Can’t make the webinar on this date/time? A recording will be sent to all that register, even if you don’t attend the live webinar.** Learn more. | Register.

Rich Math Tasks. Join this free webinar Strategies for Challenging Advanced Learners to learn a variety of strategies to challenge your advanced students. Tuesday, December 3, 12:00 p.m. EST / 8:00 p.m. AST. **Can’t make the webinar on this date/time? A recording will be sent to all that register, even if you don’t attend the live webinar.** Learn more. | Register.

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Computational Thinking. In this blog post, learn about how one school is introducing computational thinking to its youngest learners in this blog post. (5 minutes)

 

CT1. Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions. 

-ISTE Standards for Students

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. 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.

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Sustaining Collaboration. Leaders tend to think of collaboration too narrowly; as a value to cultivate but not a skill to teach. To crack the code of sustained collaboration, Francesca Gino suggests a psychological approach: encouraging an outward focus in everyone, challenging the tendency we all have to fixate on ourselves instead of what we can learn from others. (28 minutes)

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Sustaining Collaboration. Leaders tend to think of collaboration too narrowly; as a value to cultivate but not a skill to teach. To crack the code of sustained collaboration, Francesca Gino suggests a psychological approach: encouraging an outward focus in everyone, challenging the tendency we all have to fixate on ourselves instead of what we can learn from others. (18 minutes)

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer

Learn and Earn

Coding and Science. Join this webinar from edWeb.net to learning more about bridging the gap between science and coding in the classroom. Thursday, December 5, 2019. 5:00 p.m. EST / Friday, December 6, 2019. 1:00 a.m. (This edWebinar recording will be posted after the presentation.) Learn more. | Register.

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No Device Needed. In this article from the International Society for Technology in Education learn more about how to fit coding into teaching and learning without it being an add-on or requiring devices. (3 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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Encouraging Gratitude. In this blog post from edutopia, learn about activities that foster gratefulness and the benefits for students beyond enhancing their social and emotional skills. (2 minutes)

Resilience. “If we have always taught our kids that every test must be an A+, then how do we support them when it isn’t?” asks robotics teacher Michael Bycraft. In response, he’s carving out time to teach the value of resilience. See how iterative design cycles that account for plenty of failure, plus student-driven challenges and the concept of “meaningful failure” have transformed his classroom. (5 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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