Approaching Teaching: Week of September 9, 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 understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

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

 

 

 


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

On the AIS Campus

October

  • Tom Guskey is coming!

November 2018 and January 2019

  • Become a trained Critical Friends Group® Coach. Grow your knowledge and abilities to support collaboration! In this five-day Critical Friends Group New Coaches’ Training, participants will learn specific protocols and activities to solve dilemmas, look at student work, improve their own work, and more! Those who complete the training will become certified coach-members of the NSRF, and will have learned to create equity in collaboration, increase efficient, effective communication, and enhance personal performance through reflective practice. A Critical Friends Group promotes Collaboration for Growth. To learn more about CFG work and this training, visit the NSRF Harmony or contact the facilitator, Christina Botbyl. #communicators #inquirers

In Kuwait

January 2019

  • PEAK Conference. The Professional Educators Around Kuwait conference will take place in early 2019 on the American United School campus in Sabah al Salem. We will be seeking AIS teachers to present workshops, so be thinking about all of the great ideas you could share with educators from Kuwait private English language schools. #risk-takers

Outside of Kuwait

September

October

November

  • 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, Rachel will utilize the model to unpack how students develop conceptual understanding and what this looks like in the classroom. Find more information here about this 5-day workshop in Sotogrande, Spain from November 5 – 9, 2018. #inquirers
  • Exploring Instruction: World Language Classrooms with Multi-Level Proficiencies. Join Dr. Virginia Rojas for a workshop that sets the stage for designing learning experiences for varying levels amongst students using the principles of proficiency-based instruction, CLIL (content and language integrated learning), progressive scaffolding, and differentiation. Find out more about this workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 7 – 8, 2018. #communicators
  • MEIBA IB Forum. MEIBA in collaboration with Ibn Khuldoon National School – Bahrain are pleased to announce hosting an IB Forum that will be held in Bahrain November 16 – 17. Anyone can take part by attending the workshops and or lead a workshop (Best teaching practices). Meet your colleagues from other IB schools in the region, share your experience and learn! Find more information here. #inquirers

February

  • Understanding and Fostering Collective Teacher Efficacy. Collective efficacy is about the overwhelming power that school teams have to impact change when they join together to solve problems. Join workshop leader Jenni Donohoo, Ed.D from February 22 – 23, 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Learn more here. #risk-takers

March

  • Teachers Skills Forum 2019. The Teacher Skills Forum is an annual regional event organized by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) in partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to provide teachers from the Arab world with modern and creative strategies and innovative teaching techniques. It is a platform for teachers to explore, learn, and share experiences with some of the world’s most renowned educators and scholars. The Teacher Skills Forum will take place March 9 – 10, 2019 in The Dead Sea, Jordan. Registration for the Teacher Skills Forum 2019 is now open. Register now at our Early Bird Rates and enjoy huge savings on your participation fees. #knowledgeable

Online

Ongoing

  • Explore the World Via School #Hashtags. From the COETAIL community, comes a resource of over 100 school hashtags from around the world! Check them out and take a peek into teaching and learning around the world at your leisure! #inquirers

September

  • Demystifying Evidence-Based Decisions in Education. This free webinar is presented by Christina Luke, Director of Program and Product Evaluation, Digital Promise; and Sierra Noakes, Research Associate, Digital Promise. Register here for the live event on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. EDT (11 p.m. AST). Can’t make it? A recording of the webinar will be posted to the registration page the day after the presentation. #inquirers
  • Leveraging Your District’s Data to Produce Successful Outcomes. This free webinar is presented by Jeremy Bunkley, Director of Information Technology Services, School District of Clay County, FL; and Leo Brehm, Product Manager, CatchOn and hosted by Monica Cougan, Product Marketing Manager, EN. Register here for the live event on Monday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. EDT (10 p.m. AST). Can’t make it? A recording of the webinar will be posted to the registration page the day after the presentation. #knowledgeable
  • Unlock Learning Potential with a Strong Math Culture. This free webinar is presented by David Woods, Director of Curriculum and Reporting, DreamBox Learning. Register here for the live event on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. EDT (10 p.m. AST). Can’t make it? A recording of the webinar will be posted to the registration page the day after the presentation. #thinkers

Reading: Articles, blog posts, and podcasts of interest

  • Being Creative. Everyone – adults and children alike – has a creative streak. But while most of us have a spirit of invention, major or minor, for too many of us it lies dormant even though it can be awakened with the simplest of acts. Read this guide from The New York Times series “A Year of Living Better” to learn the steps you can follow to find your inner writer, composer, finger painter, chef, lyricist, entrepreneur, filmmaker, comedian, politician or professional Tweeter. #inquirer
  • Building Community. In this (less than 10 minutes) video from The Teaching Channel, learn how a teacher helps students share stories and build community with “Humans of New York” style interviews. #communicators
  • Helping Students Collect and Weigh Evidence. In this blog post from Annenberg Learner, the author shares details about how to provide students with opportunities to practice and master the detective skills needed to make them lifelong learners. #inquirers
  • Mistakes Make Way for Learning. Read more in the this blog post from Mindshift about the importance of making mistakes and why making mistakes matter in creating a path for learning. #risk-takers
  • Planning Bad Behavior. Have you ever thought of asking students to plan bad behavior? This blog post from edutopia explores how getting students to think about behaving badly helps them arrive at positive norms—and how such reverse thinking may work in other situations. #reflective
  • Protocols for Improving Teaching. Listen to this podcast to learn more about how we can improve teaching and learning using protocols as Michele Mattoon, Director of the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF), discusses the value of Critical Friends Groups (CFGs), belong mindsets, and protocols as inquiry on The TeachThought Podcast. #inquirers
  • Reading Digital Text. Digital text is changing how kids read – just not in the way that you think. This article from Mindshift emphasizes the importance of helping students find balance in their reading habits. #balanced

“The change we are seeing is not that kids can’t pay attention to things, it’s that they’re not as interested in paying attention to things…They have less patience for being bored.”

  • Teaching Labels. This podcast, from Teachonomy, quickly reflects on labels in teaching. What is your label? How do your students view you, and how do you view yourself as a teacher? In this short five minute podcast episode, the speaker encourages us to destroy these labels and understand that the power we have may be more than we realize. #caring

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 September 10, 2017

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

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

How can I take responsibility for my professional growth in order to be the best educator for AIS students?

 relationship

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 an objective for your learning this week!

On the AIS campus

Outside of Kuwait

October 2017

  • Teacher’s/Counselor’s/Principal’s Training Centers. The PTC serves the unique professional development needs of practicing and aspiring principals, teachers, counselors and school business leaders in international schools worldwide. Join the Teacher Leader Institute in Bangkok, October 6 – 7, 2017. #knowledgeable

November 2017

  • Atlas Workshops for Teachers and Leaders. Join Rubicon consultants and fellow educators for sessions centered around creating curriculum in Atlas, looking at a variety of available reports and discussing process strategies. November 9 & November 11, 2017 hosted at GEMS Al Khaleej National School & GEMS Dubai American Academy. Find details here#knowledgeable
  • NESA Fall Training Institute. The Fall Training Institute will take place at the Riffa Views International School in Manama, Bahrain, November 3 – 4, 2017. #inquirers

January 2018

  • Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom. Lynn Erickson expands our understanding of the conceptual level of knowledge, thinking, and understanding. In this highly interactive session, Dr. Erickson will challenge your mind as she contrasts a three-dimensional concept-based curriculum and instruction model with the worn out two-dimensional coverage model. You will learn specific, practical instructional strategies that engage the hearts and minds of students. January 19 – 20, 2018, Dubai. Learn more#inquirers
  • NESA Winter Training Institute. The Winter Training Institute will take place at The American International School in Muscat, Oman, January 26 – 27, 2018. #inquirers

March 2018

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. The Spring Educators Conference will take place at The InterContinental Hotel in Athens, Greece, March 30 – April 1, 2018. #inquirers

Online

Ongoing

  • Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL). September 11, the 9th fully online COETAIL cohort begins! This will be our second cohort incorporating our collaboration with Google for Education. Participants can choose to take COETAIL and fulfill the requirements to become a Google Education Certified Trainer at the same time! #inquirer
  • Eduro Learning. Our world seems more divided than ever these days, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming, even hopeless. As educators, what can we do to make a difference? Find out in this self-paced series: Teaching Empathy to Unite a Divided World. $120 USD. #caring

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Differentiated Classroom. Read about seven key practices that can help you create a classroom that meets the needs of all your students. #knowledgeable
  • Difficult Conversations. No doubt there will be at least one difficult conversation with a parent, a colleague, a friend, or a family member at some point during this school year. Review these ideas for engaging in difficult conversations.  #communicator
  • Each Interaction Counts. Each interaction shapes our relationships. Every interaction has the potential to improve or damage our connections with others. Every email, every smile, every roll of the eyes, every act of kindness, shapes our relationships. Every interaction brings life or death to our relationships. Jim Knight has more to say about the power of each interaction here#caring
  • Engaging Online Respectfully. We already hold our students accountable for what they say in the physical world, but what about the digital one? With the wide variety of online forums and social media, students now need to learn how to be held accountable in both. So, how can you empower your students to own what they say and be accountable online, just like they are in the physical world? Learn 3 ways here that you can effective communications in online spaces into your curriculum. #principled
  • Improving Productivity. Looking to improve productivity this year? This blog post offers some ideas for a getting off on the right foot every day. #reflective
  • Inspire Courage. If you encouraged a team member or student once a week, you’d do it about 50 times a year. Here is a list of helpful sentence starters for encouraging others. #risk-takers
  • Life Skills. Discover the 16 skills to master that “pay off forever” here.  #knowledgeable
  • Myths (and truths) about bilingual students. A lot of our ideas about bilingual children are total myths. Find details here#thinkers
  • Relationships First.  Here are some good reminders that reinforce why it is so important for educators to invest in relationships. #caring
  • Rethink Data. While data points provide some of the information necessary to support learning, when we collect data on the whole child we certainly gain important perspective. Read more here about how we can dive deeper into understanding the children in our classrooms. #reflective
  • Ten Books. In the last decade, a wealth of books has brought together ideas to help teachers have the greatest impact on student learning. Here are just a few. #knowledgeable
  • What is a PLC? Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are more focused on learning than on teaching. When we’re in a PLC, the conversation is focused mostly on learning. Read more from Steve Barkley here#inquirers