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

Approaching Teaching: Week of February 18, 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 develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

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

 

 


How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set objectives for your learning!

In Kuwait

  • Non-Traditional Education: In and Out of the Classroom. Will our children be ready for the reality of the world ten, fifteen, twenty years from now? Calling all teachers, parents, educators and community members interested in making sure the answer to this question is YES! Join for a discussion (and some hands-on fun). Tuesday, February 20 @ 7:00 p.m. at the Amricani Cultural Center. For more information or to register, please email education@darmuseum.org.kw. #inquirers

Outside of Kuwait

Ongoing 2018

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

February 2018

  • ASB Unplugged. Come to the sixth ASB Un-Plugged 2018 to engage in developing and articulating a vision for learning. Bring a team from your school to be inspired and to learn about best practices that will help you steer an intentional course. ASB Un-Plugged is a learning opportunity for audiences ranging from classroom teachers to technology directors and coordinators, from principals, superintendents and business managers to tech support teams.  ASB Un-Plugged happens at the American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India, February 22 – 24, 2018. #inquirers

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
  • Teacher Skills Forum. 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. March 3 – 4, 2018 at the Convention Center at the Dead Sea, Jordan. Find further information here#knowledgeable

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

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! #balanced
  • 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

February 2018

  • Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning. Access to timely information and communication tools can empower educators to focus on the individual learning needs of their students. These same tools can lead to a wealth of benefits, such as greater collegiality, stronger relationships, self-directed students, curriculum-aligned technology, authentic work, rigorous and motivating assignments, and the development of a strong learning community. In this edWebinar, on Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm5:00 pm EST, Alan November will explore this potent new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning. Find more information and register here. #risk-takers
  • Leadership Lessons for Our Times. Leadership is the essence of the role of all superintendents and education leaders in whatever capacity they serve. In today’s world—where change is happening at an ever-accelerating pace—core leaderships skills are more critical than ever for all professional educators. Register here to join the live webinar on Thursday, February 22 @ 5:00 pm  EST/12:00 am AST. Registration will also allow access to the recording of the webinar. #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

  • Before Flipping Classes. Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say. A study from the Stanford Graduate School of Education of how students best learned a neuroscience lesson showed a distinct benefit to starting out by working with an interactive 3D model of the brain. Read more here. #inquirers

  • Bilingual Brain. Researchers have found that “bilingualism is an experience that shapes our brain for a lifetime.” Read more here about what’s going on inside the brain of a bilingual child. #communicators

  • Curriculum Differentiation. The way we organize the school curriculum (and the way most of the world organizes the school curriculum) is not consistent with what we know about the conditions for successful learning. The current curriculum is not designed to guarantee teaching at an appropriate level of challenge for each and every learner. Read more here about a different approach to curriculum standards. #caring

  • Cultural Responsive Teaching. The purpose of culturally responsive pedagogy is to help traditionally marginalized and under-served students become empowered, independent learners. But we confuse cultural responsiveness with simple multiculturalism to “honor diversity,” rather than associate it with building students’ thinking skills. In reality, CRT is a multi-pronged approach that consists of teacher mindsets and moves that help students build their capacity to grow and flex their brain power over time. Read more here about using culturally responsive teaching (CRT) as a way to improve student learning and increase achievement. #caring

  • Different Questions. The learner engages with relevant, worthy inquiries and experiences that are interesting or emotionally gripping. When teachers shift their thinking from “questioning for students” to “questioning with students,” magic starts happening in the classroom. Read more here. #inquirers

  • Listening to Read. Here is a series of articles and blog posts making connections between listening while following along with a text. Listening to a story (whether audiobook or podcast) can encourage students to read more. #communicators

This and other studies seem to show that listening while reading helps people have several successful reading events in a row, where they are reading “with accuracy and enjoyment.” And, listening has been shown to help with decoding, a fundamental part of reading.

Mindshift. “Why Listening to Podcasts Helps Kids Improve Reading Skills.” March 18 2016

  • Stop Giving So Many Solutions. Solving problems for people invites dependency. The more times you solve someone’s problem, the more quickly they will come to you next in the future. Read more about this idea here. #reflective

  • Work-Life Blend. No matter what we try, work-life balance always seems like a destination that we have yet to reach. It’s around the corner, out of our grasp. There’s nothing negative about having a job and a life, so why is it necessary to choose one over the other? Read more here about changing thinking to a work-life blend. #balanced