Approaching Teaching: Week of February 9, 2020

 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator

Learn and Earn

Asking Questions. The Right Question Institute and the Harvard Graduate School of Education will present the online course, Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique. From April 13 to May 3, Registration is now open. $199 Learn more. | Register.

Understanding by Design. Attend this summer workshop to learn and practice the “backward design” process with Jay McTighe June 22 – 24, 2020 in Columbia, Maryland, USA. $575 Learn more. | Register.


Higher Order Thinking. Is that higher-order task really higher order? Listen to this episode from Cult of Pedagogy podcast. (20minutes)


COMBATING ‘CONTRACT CHEATERS’: Schools are stepping up their efforts to try to curb so-called “contract cheating,” when companies write term papers for students who then fraudulently submit them as their own work. Here are some of the newest tactics, part of a larger series on cheating we’re doing. (7 minutes)

Slow Looking. In this article from MindShift, learn about “slow looking”. The practice of observing detail over time, analyzing deeply and applying different perspectives helps students appreciate the richness of the world we live in.

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast


Fighting Fake News. In this article, an expert offers tips, resources and strategies that educators can use to help their students separate fact from fiction and fake news.

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.


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)


Learning from Khan Academy. A decade ago, Sal Khan made three assumptions about teachers, learning and public school progress that still hold sway today. Read more about in this article.

MISSION: Teacher Leader

Learn and Earn

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.

The Coach: Micro-credential. In this online professional learning opportunity from Edurolearning, learn how to adapt a coaching mindset in your work with colleagues. Early bird registration is open until February 16. 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.


Improving Mentoring Skills. In this article, learn how one educator found serving on a teacher accreditation panel was a great chance to network with other educators in his state while improving his own mentoring skills. (5 minutes)

Making (and Breaking) a New Leader. “The strongest teams realize the value and responsibility that everyone brings to the big picture.” Elizabeth Shassere offers an important reminder that the whole team is responsible for making or breaking a great leader. (4 minutes)

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer

Learn and Earn

Artificial Intelligence. AI isn’t a thing of the future; it’s here! Experience AI’s huge potential for impacting teaching and learning. Learn more about this 30-hour, self-paced course offered by International Society for Technology Educators (ISTE) with ongoing instructor support.

Tech Learning. ISTE U offers educators a curated set of engaging professional learning experiences on topics from AI to digital citizenship to OER. Spring sessions are filling up quickly, so register now to save your spot.


Edtech Past and Future. Listen to this podcast and learn more about the past and future of edtech with Larry Berger, CEO of Amplify. Grab your headphones and listen in! (45 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

Catching Happiness. Join this free webinar Catching Happiness: How to Work Through Burnout and Be a Joy-Filled Teacher to learn to catch happiness in every domain—social, career, physical/emotional, and financial, to counteract burnout, reduce anxiety, and skillfully navigate through seasons of depression, and much more! Tuesday, February 11, 2:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 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.

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.

Staff Well-being. Staff well-being is of critical importance to schools, and whether you want to focus on your own well-being or are looking out for your colleagues, discover how a Staff Well-being in Schools course could help.

Teaching Character. In this FREE online course from coursera, positive psychology meets K-12 pedagogy. This course explores key ideas of positive psychology and shows how great teachers apply those lessons to maximize student engagement and accomplishment. Through lectures, discussions, interviews and footage of great educators in action, you’ll learn how to integrate character-based objectives into your own teaching. Learn more. | Register.


The Positivity Paradox. Aside from devoting our time and mental energy to work, we often unconsciously hand over something far more precious—our self-worth. Learn how embracing all of your emotions may give you a better handle on work stress. (3 minutes)

Supporting Each Other. Are teachers (or students) you work with struggling with negative emotions? Find some constructive support in this blog post from Choice Literacy. (6 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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