Approaching Teaching: Week of April 15, 2018

How will you grow, learn, and inquire this week?

Inquirers – Knowledgeable – Thinkers – Communicators – Principled – Open-Minded – Caring – Risk Takers – Balanced – Reflective

How do we, as educators, take responsibility for our professional growth in order to be the best educators for AIS students?

 

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Caring. 2013.)

 

 

 


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

In Kuwait

Ongoing 2018

  • Harnessing the Power of ADHD. Learn more about the “DECISION” Intervention Model of ADHD based on the latest research on different coaching approaches and recent interventions in addressing ADHD. Join Dr. Huda Shaaban of the Kuwait Learning Difficuluties Professional Association on Monday, April 30, 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Bayan Bilingual School. Register email info@ldpassociation.org or via Whatsapp 00965 90981403. #caring

Outside of Kuwait

Ongoing 2018

  • IB PYP. Discover the 2018 PD Workshop Calendar here. #knowledgeable

April 2018

  • Creating Cultures of Thinking. The CoT initiative considers education to be a social and cultural endeavor whose goal is the development of both the individual and the group as effective learners and thinkers able to engage with and adapt to a changing world. Participate in this visible  thinking workshop with Dr. Ron Ritchart (a Principal Investigator and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education). Find more details here about this opportunity in Chiang Mai, Thailand, April 25 – 28. #inquirers

May 2018

  • Teaching and Learning Mathematics Through an Inquiry Approach. This workshop is designed to empower teachers to apply the principles and practice of inquiry to the discipline of Mathematics, through exploring Mathematical skills and concepts. May 3 – 5 in Bangkok, Thailand. Find more information here#inquirers
  • PTC Teacher Training Center. Introducing in 2018…the International Certificate of English as an Additional Language (EAL). TTC teams up with renowned EAL specialist Gini Rojas to bring you a unique blended learning certificate program for international school classroom teachers and EAL specialists! #communicators

June 2018

  • PTC Summer 2018 Schedules. The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals,  teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide. We strive to provide world class, research-driven practical training, designed to be put into practice in the international school setting. #inquirers

July/August 2018

  • LSI’s Dylan Wiliam Center Formative Assessment National Conference. Learn more about LSI’s Dylan Wiliam Center Formative Assessment National Conference July 30 – August 1 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. This year’s conference features keynotes by formative assessment experts Dylan Wiliamand Rick Stiggins, who will be joined by authors Susan Brookhart, Jay McTighe, andPage Keeley for a week of thought-provoking panels and sessions. #knowledgeable

Online

Ongoing

  • Assessment of Student Learning. Equip yourself with the real-world skills to put yourself at the forefront of education with ACER’s Graduate Certificate of Education – Assessment of Student Learning. Find more details here. #thinkers
  • Differentiation: Designing for Student Difference. In this course, a result of a partnership between Ashford University and Teaching Channel, you’ll explore a variety of evidence-based strategies and tools to help you meet the needs of your students. You’ll have opportunities to observe, analyze, plan, and implement differentiated instructional practices, deepening your understanding of differentiation through direct application and self-reflection. And you’ll get to learn from Teaching Channel’s extensive video library. You’ll expand on your own awareness and hands-on use of digital resources and tools that will add value to your professional practice and impact student learning. Courses start every Tuesday. #inquirers
  • FREE IB Webinar Archive. A deep treasure trove of archived IB webinars that can be streamed or downloaded. #knowledgeable
  • New! Teaching Channel Courses. Earn the credits you want from the folks you trust with for-credit courses — coming soon to Tch! #knowledgeable

April 2018

  • What Happens When Teachers Talk Less and Students Talk More in the Mathematics Classroom? Learn how to get students talking more. Get practical strategies for integrating mathematical practices and discourse into K-8 classrooms, where teachers use routines to empower students to collaborate and solve problems. This webinar takes place Wednesday, April 18 at 2:00 PM EST (9:00 PM AST). Learn more and register for this webinar here. Can’t attend? Register so you can view the on-demand webinar at a later date. #communicators
  • End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: Create Safe, Caring, Inclusive Learning Climates. Bullying, alienation, and self-doubt should not—and need not—plague any students in our classrooms. In this edWebinar, a sought-after educational consultant offers proven, practical teaching practices that mobilize student empathy. Join this webinar on Monday, April 23 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT (9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. AST) to learn about proactive, no-cost strategies you can use the very next day in your classroom and can weave into existing lesson plans. Register here to attend the live webinar (or to receive a link to the recorded webinar if you cannot attend the live webinar). #caring

May 2018

  • Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL). Designed for current and aspiring preK–12 education leaders, this online certificate program will provide you with approaches for advancing your leadership skills to create transformational change. CAEL offers five distinct 12-week online modules that may be taken separately or pursued as a comprehensive certificate. Learn more here. #inquirers

Reading: Articles, blog posts, and podcasts of interest

  • Accepting New Ideas. Changes in school or classroom practices unleash a variety of emotions. How can we support each other in the process? Read more here from Rick Wormeli about the grief of accepting new ideas. #open-minded

  • Beyond Growth Mindset. Not as well known as growth mindset are the other two mindsets that
    have been known to effect a student’s academic achievement: belonging mindset and purpose and relevance mindset. Students who have a belonging mindset believe that they are respected and valued by their teachers and peers and feel they fit well into their learning environment. For example, they may think, “I like coming to school because my teachers care about me and I have
    good friends in my classes.” Think about students who may feel unsafe in school or “invisible” and consider how that mindset regularly if not constantly puts them into their “danger zone”.  Read more here about the role of Critical Friends Groups in contributing to a belonging mindset for both educators and students. #caring
CFG communities are intentionally built to foster a strong sense of safety and trust between participants. Inherent in Critical Friends Group communities is the belief that we are all there to learn from one another (growth mindset), that we are among our “friends”, people who want to help us, support us and have a stake in our success (belonging mindset), and that we bring in work that we think is important to the group (relevance) in order to help our students reach the highest level of academic achievement they can (purpose).
Michele Mattoon
  • Cognitive Load Theory. Cognitive load theory is a theory of how the human brain learns and stores knowledge. Grounded in a robust evidence base, cognitive load theory provides support for explicit models of instruction. Listen to the audio paper here. Read the full report here. #knowledgeable

“[Cognitive Load Theory is] the single most important thing for teachers to know.”

Dylan William

  • Differentiation. Read here about six differentiation strategies to meet the needs of the diverse learners in your classroom. #balanced

  • Learning Menus. Watch this short video (2 minutes) to learn how one teacher uses learning menus to provide students with options to independently explore concepts. #thinkers

  • Marking Exams. Could marking exams improve your professional practice? Read about the professional growth benefits here. #reflective

  • Win at Work. Data has revealed that psychological safety is the most important trait of a high-performing team. The Golden-Golden Rule wins at work. Discover a few practical applications to apply the Golden-Golden Rule at work here. #caring

When we use the Golden-Golden Rule…We meet people where they’re at, emotionally, mentally, physically…when we apply the Golden-Golden Rule, we behave with more empathy

  • Young Adolescents 101. In this article, Jennifer Gonzalez says she never planned to teach middle school, but that was the level with job openings as she finished her training, so she dove in – and ended up falling in love with the kids’ quirky characteristics. She shares her analysis of what’s going on with 11-14-year-olds, along with advice for middle school educators. #knowledgeable

Approaching Teaching: Week of March 11, 2018

How will you grow, learn, and inquire this week?

Inquirers – Knowledgeable – Thinkers – Communicators – Principled – Open-Minded – Caring – Risk Takers – Balanced – Reflective

How do we, as educators, take responsibility for our professional growth in order to be the best educators for AIS students?

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in may ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Communicators. 2013.)


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

Outside of Kuwait

Ongoing 2018

  • IB PYP. Discover the 2018 PD Workshop Calendar here. #knowledgeable

March 2018

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. The NESA SEC will take place in Athens, Greece March 30 – April 1. Current topics scheduled can be found here#inquirers

April 2018

  • Concept-Based Inquiry in Action. Rachel French and Carla Marschall have developed a model of Concept-Based Inquiry to promote transferable understanding. During this week-long workshop in Hannover, Germany, April 2 – 6, 2018, Rachel will utilize the model to unpack how students develop conceptual understanding and what this looks like in the classroom. Find more information here. #inquirers
  • PTC 2-Day Opportunities. The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals,  teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide. We strive to provide world class, research-driven practical training, designed to be put into practice in the international school setting. #inquirers
  • Creating Cultures of Thinking. The CoT initiative considers education to be a social and cultural endeavor whose goal is the development of both the individual and the group as effective learners and thinkers able to engage with and adapt to a changing world. Participate in this visible  thinking workshop with Dr. Ron Ritchart (a Principal Investigator and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education). Find more details here about this opportunity in Chiang Mia, Thailand, April 25 – 28. #inquirers

May 2018

  • Teaching and Learning Mathematics Through an Inquiry Approach. This workshop is designed to empower teachers to apply the principles and practice of inquiry to the discipline of Mathematics, through exploring Mathematical skills and concepts. May 3 – 5 in Bangkok, Thailand. Find more information here#inquirers
  • PTC Teacher Training Center. Introducing in 2018…the International Certificate of English as an Additional Language (EAL). TTC teams up with renowned EAL specialist Gini Rojas to bring you a unique blended learning certificate program for international school classroom teachers and EAL specialists! #communicators

June 2018

  • PTC Summer 2018 Schedules. The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals,  teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide. We strive to provide world class, research-driven practical training, designed to be put into practice in the international school setting. #inquirers

July/August 2018

  • LSI’s Dylan Wiliam Center Formative Assessment National Conference. Learn more about LSI’s Dylan Wiliam Center Formative Assessment National Conference July 30 – August 1 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. This year’s conference features keynotes by formative assessment experts Dylan Wiliamand Rick Stiggins, who will be joined by authors Susan Brookhart, Jay McTighe, andPage Keeley for a week of thought-provoking panels and sessions. #knowledgeable

Online

Ongoing

  • Building a Strong Foundation with Math Fact Fluency. Students who can automatically recall math facts are more capable problem solvers, learn new math skills more quickly, and are more likely to succeed in future math courses. Unfortunately, many students still spend too much time and brainpower on fundamental facts. Find out how to help students build a strong math fact fluency foundation and how to receive a Reflex Math grant for your class for an entire year. Webinar Dates:  March 15th, April 8th. Click here for further details. #thinkers
  • FREE IB Webinar Archive. A deep treasure trove of archived IB webinars that can be streamed or downloaded. #knowledgeable
  • Math Photo A Day. Grade six Team Champions from @tobie.michele‘s class proudly present the #mathphotoaday challenge for March 2018! Create something (or find a way) to represent each topic (one for each day of the month) and share on social media using the hashtag #mathphotoaday and the topic. Be creative! Have fun, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Please join us on our challenge and help everyone celebrate Math the entire month of March. This challenge is inspired by @3BBees. #communicators

 

#mathphotoaday #day6 #funnymathpuns

  • New! Teaching Channel Courses. Earn the credits you want from the folks you trust with for-credit courses — coming soon to Tch! #knowledgeable
  • Using Data and Reports to Improve Student Engagement and Inform Reading Instruction. Hear how data can help personalize learning and differentiate reading instruction to accelerate student growth. In this edWebinar, Alistair Van Moere, Ph.D., Chief Product Officer for MetaMetrics, will discuss single data points vs. trends in data; what influences data points and how to chart growth. Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT / Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Find more information and register here. #knowledgeable

May 2018

  • Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL). Designed for current and aspiring preK–12 education leaders, this online certificate program will provide you with approaches for advancing your leadership skills to create transformational change. CAEL offers five distinct 12-week online modules that may be taken separately or pursued as a comprehensive certificate. Learn more here. #inquirers

Reading: Articles, blog posts, and podcasts of interest

  • Be Kind, ALWAYS. How do we, as professionals, lift each other up and support growth? How do we deal with each other through frustrating moments? How do we coach each other through difficult conversations with respect and kindness? Some good reminders are available here about meeting each other at the crossroads of our own humanity. #caring

…the more greatness you strive for,

the more people will come out of nowhere to hate on you.

  • Build Empathy. This episode in Dr. Robyn Silverman’s How to Talk to Kids About Anything podcast series features Michele Borba, author of End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy, and her 6Rs of bullying prevention: Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, and Replace. She provides tips and scripts so teachers and parents can help their kids change the cultures of both their schools and their communities. #caring
  • Danger of Teacher Nostalgia. Nostalgia sounds so innocuous, doesn’t it? How could that be a bad thing? Nostalgia for the past is toxic when it makes us feel contempt toward the present. Read more here about how that toxicity can work itself into classrooms in some pretty destructive ways. #caring
  • Energy and Calm. When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. Read more here about how they refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur. #balanced
  • Faces of Maker Faire Kuwait. Dale Dougherty, CEO of Maker Media, has a hands-on report from his trip to Maker Faire Kuwait. The event celebrates the growing Middle Eastern maker community that doesn’t get much attention in the West, and Dale highlights some of the interesting people and projects he saw. #open-minded
  • Stay Positive. It’s easy to get caught up in the negativity that surrounds us. Whether it’s the gossip that is whispered in our ear in the faculty room, or the stories we hear on the news each night, it’s easy to get lost in all the noise. Sometimes, something as simple as a smile can make all the difference. Be the light that breaks through the noise of negativity. When we are positive in our interactions with our colleagues and our students, amazing things can happen. #caring

 

 

Approaching Teaching: Week of March 4, 2018

How will you grow, learn, and inquire this week?

Inquirers – Knowledgeable – Thinkers – Communicators – Principled – Open-Minded – Caring – Risk Takers – Balanced – Reflective

How do we, as educators, take responsibility for our professional growth in order to be the best educators for AIS students?

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research.

We know how to learn independently and with others.

We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Inquirers. 2013.)


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

Outside of Kuwait

Ongoing 2018

  • IB PYP. Discover the 2018 PD Workshop Calendar here. #knowledgeable

March 2018

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. The NESA SEC will take place in Athens, Greece March 30 – April 1. Current topics scheduled can be found here#inquirers
  • PTC Teacher Training Center. Introducing in 2018…the International Certificate of English as an Additional Language (EAL). TTC teams up with renowned EAL specialist Gini Rojas to bring you a unique blended learning certificate program for international school classroom teachers and EAL specialists! #communicators

April 2018

  • Concept-Based Inquiry in Action. Rachel French and Carla Marschall have developed a model of Concept-Based Inquiry to promote transferable understanding. During this week-long workshop in Hannover, Germany, April 2 – 6, 2018, Rachel will utilize the model to unpack how students develop conceptual understanding and what this looks like in the classroom. Find more information here. #inquirers
  • PTC 2-Day Opportunities. The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals,  teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide. We strive to provide world class, research-driven practical training, designed to be put into practice in the international school setting. #inquirers
  • Creating Cultures of Thinking. The CoT initiative considers education to be a social and cultural endeavor whose goal is the development of both the individual and the group as effective learners and thinkers able to engage with and adapt to a changing world. Participate in this visible  thinking workshop with Dr. Ron Ritchart (a Principal Investigator and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education). Find more details here about this opportunity in Chiang Mia, Thailand, April 25 – 28. #inquirers

May 2018

  • Teaching and Learning Mathematics Through an Inquiry Approach. This workshop is designed to empower teachers to apply the principles and practice of inquiry to the discipline of Mathematics, through exploring Mathematical skills and concepts. May 3 – 5 in Bangkok, Thailand. Find more information here#inquirers

June 2018

  • PTC Summer 2018 Schedules. The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals,  teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide. We strive to provide world class, research-driven practical training, designed to be put into practice in the international school setting. #inquirers

July/August 2018

  • LSI’s Dylan Wiliam Center Formative Assessment National Conference. Learn more about LSI’s Dylan Wiliam Center Formative Assessment National Conference July 30 – August 1 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. This year’s conference features keynotes by formative assessment experts Dylan Wiliamand Rick Stiggins, who will be joined by authors Susan Brookhart, Jay McTighe, andPage Keeley for a week of thought-provoking panels and sessions. #knowledgeable

Online

Ongoing

  • Coursera. Add a new skill to your resume in just two weeks! Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, courses and specializations priced between $29 – $99. Dare to be a Courserian! #knowledgeable
    • Introduction to Mathematical Thinking, Learn how to think the way mathematicians do – a powerful cognitive process developed over thousands of years. Created by Standford University. Begins March 5.
  • Ed.D. Online. Ranked one of the top education schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College now delivers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in leadership and learning in organizations online. Designed for experienced midcareer professionals, Peabody’s online Ed.D. prepares students with the practical skills to effectively lead in their organizations, implement systemic change and drive organizational growth. Learn more here. #thinkers
  • Ed.D. Online. Transform your career with an EdD from Concordia University – Portland, 100% Online. Find more details about the variety of programs here. #thinkers
  • FREE IB Webinar Archive. A deep treasure trove of archived IB webinars that can be streamed or downloaded. #knowledgeable
  • IB Webinar Schedule. A webinar pass provides access to all webinars related to one International Baccalaureate® (IB) programme. The webinar schedule, divided by IB programme, can be accessed here#inquirers
  • Master’s in School Counseling Online. USC Rossier School of Education offers an online Master of Education (ME) in School Counseling that prepares practitioners to make a real difference in K-12 learning environments. The curriculum, which was created by USC faculty who are experts in their fields, focuses on three key areas affecting today’s schools: college and career readiness, restorative justice and trauma informed practices. Request information here. #caring
  • Using Data and Reports to Improve Student Engagement and Inform Reading Instruction. Hear how data can help personalize learning and differentiate reading instruction to accelerate student growth. In this edWebinar, Alistair Van Moere, Ph.D., Chief Product Officer for MetaMetrics, will discuss single data points vs. trends in data; what influences data points and how to chart growth. Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT / Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Find more information and register here. #knowledgeable

May 2018

  • Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL). Designed for current and aspiring preK–12 education leaders, this online certificate program will provide you with approaches for advancing your leadership skills to create transformational change. CAEL offers five distinct 12-week online modules that may be taken separately or pursued as a comprehensive certificate. Learn more here. #inquirers

Reading: Articles, blog posts, and podcasts of interest

  • Connecting Globally. Why just read about volcanoes in New Zealand in a book when you can also ask Kiwis via Skype? It’s one of several ways teachers make learning meaningful with their students using technology. Read more here. #communicators

  • Forgetting How to Read. For a long time Michael Harris convinced himself that a childhood spent immersed in old-fashioned books would insulate him from our new media climate – that he could keep on reading in the old way because his mind was formed in pre-internet days. He was wrong. Read more here. #inquirers

Turning, one evening, from my phone to a book, I set myself the task of reading a single chapter in one sitting. Simple. But I couldn’t.

  • Numeracy is Everyone’s Business. Here , Sarah Mathews from Brisbane Bayside State College explains how she’s working with colleagues from other faculties to improve numeracy outcomes. In these past nine years, Mathews has drastically improved the numeracy abilities of students across the school at Brisbane Bayside State College, and credits her success to her innovative and evidence-based teaching style. #open-minded
  • One Pagers. One-pagers are becoming increasingly popular as a way to help students process what they have read in one powerful activity. Like sketchnotes, they combine visuals with text to make ideas come alive in students’ minds and memories. Learn more about this strategy here. #thinkers
  • Power of Language. Toni Morrison on the power of language: her spectacular Nobel acceptance speech After Becoming the first African American woman awarded the accolade. #communicators

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

  • Smartphone Detox. Smartphones have changed how we live and spend a lot of our time. As more researchers examine our relationship with technology, how one tech-savvy family in the San Francisco Bay Area has a weekly 24-hour break from their devices that starts Friday evenings. read more here. #balanced