Approaching Teaching: Week of October 28, 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 thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

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


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

On the AIS Campus

November 2018

  • Sneak-PEAK. The PEAK (Professional Educators Around Kuwait) conference is an annual event for teachers in Kuwait private schools to learn from each other.  AIS teacher-led workshops can also be considered for submission to the NESA Spring Educators Conference, which takes place in Bangkok at the end of March. See your AIS email for details!

In Kuwait

February 2019

  • PEAK Conference. The Professional Educators Around Kuwait conference will take place on February 2, 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

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
  • Developing an Inquiry Approach in Your Classroom. As schools continue to shift their focus on to developing students for an increasingly unknown future, adopting an inquiry approach to learning has never been more important. Moving away from traditional methods of direct instruction and rote learning, the inquiry approach enables students to develop their creativity, independence and problem solving skills within any curriculum or framework. Find out more about this workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 7 – 8, 2018. #communicator
  • 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 13 – 14, 2018. #inquirers
  • 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
  • NESA Fall Training Institute. The FTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The FTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Cultures of Thinking, Sketchnoting, Service Learning, and more. November 2 – 3, 2018 in Amman, Jordan. #inquirers

January

  • NESA Winter Training Institute. The WTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The WTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Project-Based Learning, Close Reading, Differentiating Math Instruction, and more. January 25 – 26, 2019 in Chennai, India. #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
  • Teaching and Learning Mathematics Through and Inquiry Approach. February 28 – March 2, 2019. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Details here.

March

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. NESA is excited to introduce a new format designed to support deep learning through extended workshops and collaborative inquiry. The SEC supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, Writing Workshop, Service Learning, Playful Inquiry Projects in Early Childhood, and more. March 29 – 31, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. #inquirers
  • 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
  • Creating Cultures of Thinking:  The 8 forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools. March 29 – 30, 2019. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Details here. #thinkers

Summer 2019

Principal’s Training Center (PTC) Institutes Schedule. Find the schedule here that includes institutes for teachers, counselors, school leaders, principals, and more! #knowledgeable

Online

October

Seesaw. Learn more about how you can use Seesaw in your classroom through their free online training sessions. Check out the schedule and sign up here. #inquirers

November

Support feedback systems that develop strengths. In this webinar, learn more about how to provide timely and effective feedback that is actionable and helps develop student strengths on Wednesday, November 14 at 11 p.m. (AST). Unable to attend this webinar? Register anyways and you will receive a link to the recording 1-3 days after the live event. #communicators

Ongoing

Reading: Articles, blog posts, and podcasts of interest

  • Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay. Read this blog post to find out more. #communicators

I think blogging across the curriculum…allows for both formative and summative assessment. Blogs allow us to see the progression in the development of both thinking and writing. It may actually take more talent and skill to create an interesting persuasive post (or series of posts) on the French Revolution than a traditional essay.

  • Copyright and Fair Use. Can you show a Netflix video in class? The answer—like so much else related to digital copyright and fair use—is kind of a gray area. Yet if we’re asking students to consider copyrighted materials when they produce work, it makes sense for educators to practice what they preach, argues one tech director. Learn more in her simple guide to copyright in class#principled
  • Differentiation. Read this blog post to learn about three ways technology can help teachers differentiate student learning. #inquirers
  • Elevate Student Engagement. Facilitate learning and thinking in an impactful, purposeful way with these tips. #reflective
  • Lesson Starters. Learn new ways to engage students from the very beginning of your lessons with these examples from some great classroom teachers.
  • Teacher Growth. According to TeachThought, there are eight things that every teacher needs in order to grow. Discover these in this blog post. #reflective

Approaching Teaching: Week of October 14, 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?

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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 for learning throughout life. 

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


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

On the AIS Campus

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

February 2019

  • PEAK Conference. The Professional Educators Around Kuwait conference will take place on February 2, 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

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
  • Developing an Inquiry Approach in Your Classroom. As schools continue to shift their focus on to developing students for an increasingly unknown future, adopting an inquiry approach to learning has never been more important. Moving away from traditional methods of direct instruction and rote learning, the inquiry approach enables students to develop their creativity, independence and problem solving skills within any curriculum or framework. Find out more about this workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 7 – 8, 2018. #communicator
  • 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 13 – 14, 2018. #inquirers
  • 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
  • NESA Fall Training Institute. The FTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The FTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Cultures of Thinking, Sketchnoting, Service Learning, and more. November 2 – 3, 2018 in Amman, Jordan. #inquirers

January

  • NESA Winter Training Institute. The WTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The WTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Project-Based Learning, Close Reading, Differentiating Math Instruction, and more. January 25 – 26, 2019 in Chennai, India. #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

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. NESA is excited to introduce a new format designed to support deep learning through extended workshops and collaborative inquiry. The SEC supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, Writing Workshop, Service Learning, Playful Inquiry Projects in Early Childhood, and more. March 29 – 31, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. #inquirers
  • 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

Summer 2019

Principal’s Training Center (PTC) Institutes Schedule. Find the schedule here that includes institutes for teachers, counselors, school leaders, principals, and more! #knowledgeable

Online

October

Seesaw. Learn more about how you can use Seesaw in your classroom through their free online training sessions. Check out the schedule and sign up here. #inquirers

Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about engaging classroom debates on the Sustainable Development Goals (#TeachSDGs) in this webinar, Tuesday, October 16 at 10 p.m. (AST). The webinar recording will be posted to the registration page the day after the presentation. #knowledgeable

November

Support feedback systems that develop strengths. In this webinar, learn more about how to provide timely and effective feedback that is actionable and helps develop student strengths on Wednesday, November 14 at 11 p.m. (AST). Unable to attend this webinar? Register anyways and you will receive a link to the recording 1-3 days after the live event. #communicators

Ongoing

Reading: Articles, blog posts, and podcasts of interest

  • Are You Coachable? If you’re coachable and willing to take feedback to improve, your instruction becomes stronger and positively impacts student learning. Read this blog to discover the characteristics of coachable teachers. #open-minded
  • Auditory Learner? Visual Learner? This article from the New York Times proposes that it doesn’t really matter and dives into debunking the myths of learning styles. #knowledgeable
  • Complex Texts. In this new Tch DIY video, Josh Parker takes you inside the process of a first year teacher and her instructional coach, as they work to first understand a complex text and then plan access points for all students. #caring
  • Easing into Inquiry. Learn how to ease students into inquiry projects in this excerpt from the book Inquiry Mindsets: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders, and Curiosities of Our Youngest Learners, by Trevor MacKenzie with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt, published by EdTechTeam Press. #inquirers
  • Houses Help Build Relationships. In this episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by principal Judi Hayes, and teacher leaders Val Seamons, Stefani Khan, & Colleen Wilson from Lake Canyon Elementary School to discuss how houses within a school can strengthen the community and bring a sense of belonging to students. #caring
  • Math Conversations. Watch this short video from Lucy West, author of the new, video-rich edition of Adding Talk to the Equation, about how teachers can help facilitate a discussion and increase student engagement in rich, robust conversations around math. #thinkers
  • Micro-writing. As a teacher, chances are you’ve used a micro-writing activity at some point. These quick exercises are often used as warm-ups or to check for understanding (FEEDBACK). Read this blog post to learn about how one high school English and journalism teacher is using micro-writing regularly in his classroom to support identity development and to build a sense of belonging. #caring
  • Rethinking Guided Reading. “Guided reading is a temporary scaffold to assist students to become self-regulating, self-reliant readers,” writes Regie Routman, author of Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners. Read her MiddleWeb blog and explore her four “crucial considerations” for being fair and equitable to all students. #caring
  • Student Collaboration. Watch this short video from the Teaching Channel to learn a few new tips to help your students learn from each other. #communicators
  • Teenage Brain. In this blog post from EdWeek, read about how schools can help students manage emotions and make better decisions. #inquirers

Approaching Teaching: Week of October 7, 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 for learning throughout life. 

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


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

On the AIS Campus

October

  • We had a great couple of days with Tom Guskey this week! Find some of our time documented here via Twitter. We have been left with much to think about, discuss, and to put into practice. Find Tom’s slide decks here. What one thing will you begin to plan and implement this week? #knowledgeable #risk-takers

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

February 2019

  • PEAK Conference. The Professional Educators Around Kuwait conference will take place on February 2, 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

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
  • Developing an Inquiry Approach in Your Classroom. As schools continue to shift their focus on to developing students for an increasingly unknown future, adopting an inquiry approach to learning has never been more important. Moving away from traditional methods of direct instruction and rote learning, the inquiry approach enables students to develop their creativity, independence and problem solving skills within any curriculum or framework. Find out more about this workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 7 – 8, 2018. #communicator
  • 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 13 – 14, 2018. #inquirers
  • 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
  • NESA Fall Training Institute. The FTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The FTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Cultures of Thinking, Sketchnoting, Service Learning, and more. November 2 – 3, 2018 in Amman, Jordan. #inquirers

January

  • NESA Winter Training Institute. The WTI is a learning experience for teachers based on an “extended institute design”: delegates are together with the same presenter for the entire two-days. This format allows time for skill development, in-depth exploration and the formation of partnerships/networks. The WTI supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Project-Based Learning, Close Reading, Differentiating Math Instruction, and more. January 25 – 26, 2019 in Chennai, India. #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

  • NESA Spring Educators Conference. NESA is excited to introduce a new format designed to support deep learning through extended workshops and collaborative inquiry. The SEC supports educators in a powerful stance of inquiry, growth mindset, practice and reflection. Learn more here about featured topics which include: Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, Writing Workshop, Service Learning, Playful Inquiry Projects in Early Childhood, and more. March 29 – 31, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. #inquirers
  • 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

Reading: Articles, blog posts, and podcasts of interest

  • Diverse Texts. Ruth Culham, author of Teach Writing Well, has some tips about how to be “really, really smart” about book choice. “When you intentionally include books with diversity in mind, you step it upbig time,” she writes. #open-minded
  • Facilitate, Rather Than Deliver. Mike Flynn, author of Beyond Answers, knows that a lot of students are hesitant when it comes to talking about math. In this two-minute video, he explains how to flip the “I do, you do, we do” approach. #thinkers
  • Feedback. Do you ever feel like you are the copy-editor of student writing? Learn more about the strategies used by one teacher to provide feedback that saves time and improves writing in this blog post. #reflective
  • Instructional Coaching. Coaches can make your teaching life easier by working with you to provide tools and feedback to help you grow! First, find a coach to work with, then use these tips to make the most of your time with an instructional coach. #reflective
  • Listen and Learn. Subscribe and listen to podcast episodes about teaching and learning. #knowledgeable
    • Global Educator, from Teacher Magazine.
    • Live Happy Now. The editors of Live Happy magazine bring you ideas and research on how to live a happier and more meaningful life. You’ll find dozens of interviews with positive psychology and well-being thought leaders, celebrities and more.
    • MindShift a podcast about the future of learning.
    • Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud. Steve Barkley offers insight on important educational topics, answers questions, and explores educational best practices.
    • Teacher’s Corner, from Stenhouse Publishing. Tips, insights, and best practices for teachers by teachers.
  • Student Names: Pronounce them. Remember Them. Read this article from MindShift to learn some of the techniques teachers use to honor students in their classrooms through the correct pronunciation and remembering of student names. #caring
  • Team or Franchise? Meeting with colleagues to share ideas and advice is a good thing, but it’s a far step from teaming. Teachers make the first steps towards teaming when they begin to modify one of their individual behaviors to align with the rest of their team because they believe it’s best for kids. Read more here about the difference between being a franchise and being part of a team. When we function as teams, we’re creating the greatest opportunity for student learning success. #communicators

True teaming emerges as each member accepts shared responsibility

for all student learning outcomes.