The Learner Within: Week of May 8, 2016

 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 we can be 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 an objective for your learning this week!

Outside of Kuwait

The Innovator’s Mindset. Great teachers have been “innovators” long before any of the current technologies existed in our world.  It was always about doing something better with what was available, to help kids. In this workshop, George Couros will discuss the idea and characteristics of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and how they can make a significant impact on the learning of ourselves and ultimately our students. May 19 – 20, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Knowledge Source Institute. In addition to providing PD opportunities that promote Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication, we work with our trainers to ensure that our workshop participants go back with knowledge and skills they can implement in their classrooms/schools. Check out PD opportunities offered in Thailand during the 2016 – 2017 school year. Workshop leaders include: Maxine Driscoll, Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, Dr. James H. Stronge, and Geroge Couros. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Leading Innovative Change. Although schools are moving forward, change is always something that many struggle with. Focusing on an innovator’s mindset and our “why”, this workshop, led by George Couros, is meant for leaders to help others within their organization not only accept change, but embrace it, to create better powerful learning opportunities for our learners. May 17 – 18, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Mindfulness for Educators. What are the connections between stress, learning and mindfulness?  Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact info@globalbrained.com.

NESA Weekend Training Institutes 2016 – 2017. NESA’s weekend training institutes are a fantastic place to spend your professional learning time and money! NESA’s Training Institute model is a cohort approach where participants choose one offering that will be their focus for the two-day experience. #inquirers #open-minded

  • The Fall Leadership Conference will take place in Doha, Qatar, October  20 – 23. Current topics scheduled include: U-Theory, The Thoughtful School, Facilitative Leadership (with Carolyn McKanders), 
  • The Fall Training Institute will take place at The American Community School Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 4 – 5, 2016. The FTI is set to feature some very exciting two-day workshops, including: Adaptive Schools, Visible Thinking, MS/HS Reading Comprehension, C3, and more to come.
  • The Winter Training Institution will take place at Riffa Views International School, Bahrain, January 20 – 21, 2017. The WTI is set to feature two-day workshops, inlcuding: Assessment in MS/HS Social Studies, Digital Pedagogy (with John Burns), Mindfulness, Math Coaching, NGSS Team Facilitation, and more to come.

Neuroscience for the Learner. Neuroscience offers teachers a scientific understanding of how the brain learns and the impact on effective classroom practice.  Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact info@globalbrained.com #inquirers

 Teacher/Principal/Counselor/Teacher Leader Training Centers. Institutes are held each June-July in London and Miami and include intensive 7-day and 5-day courses addressing the essential skills necessary to be an effective leader, teacher, and counselor in an international school. Register now for a summer learning experience! #knowledgeable

Women, Leadership and Education. Why does gender diversity matter for innovation and growth? Decades of research show that organisations with more women in leadership roles do better. Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact info@globalbrained.com. #open-minded

Online

  • #AISQ8chat. As always, the #AISQ8 Twitter crowd will be slow chatting on Tuesday’s #AISQ8chat! Details about how to participate can be found here. Tips for participating:
    • Chat questions are released each Sunday.
    • During our Tuesday slow chats we usually release Q1 by 8am, Q2 at 11am and Q3 by 2pm (just in time for the meetings!). However you are welcome to reply to any question at any point throughout the day.
    • When you have time on Sunday and Monday, start formulating your As to the weekly Qs. Then use Hootsuite to schedule them for Tuesday so that you don’t have to take time away from teaching. [Don’t worry, you can still edit pending Tweets if you change your mind.]
    • When you do have a couple free minutes on Tuesday, browse #AISQ8chat and engage in the conversation. Ask the community clarifying or probing questions. Twitter is your Personal Learning Community – you will get out what you put in J
    • #AISQ8chat is Storify’ed every Wednesday morning. Didn’t have a chance to engage in the conversation on Tuesday? We still want to hear from you! Feel free to answer any of the previous week’s Qs from Wednesday to Monday. Please just remember to include #AISQ8chat. You can also add #AISQ8unchat if you’d like.

    If you have any questions or need Twitter coaching, please let a #AISQ8 ‘member’ know. We’re excited to start this learning journey together!  #communicators #risk-takers

  • Math, M.Ed. Concordia University – Portland’s M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics is designed for teachers in Kindergarten through community college who want to enhance their content knowledge and skills in mathematics in order to increase student learning and understanding of foundational mathematics concepts. Learn more here. #knowledgeable
  • Reports in Atlas. This is a 30 minute webinar with an additional 15 minutes added for any questions. This webinar is great for any teacher or leader interested in vertical or horizontal reports to support his or her ongoing curriculum work. May 24, 2016, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm AST. Register here#knowledgeable

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Cellphone Addiction. Are students addicted to their cellphones? This blog post explores the possibility. #balanced

“The ability to multitask with a cellphone is an illusion. With a phone in front of them, students’ thinking is fragmented, as is all their work.”

  • Collaboration. As education becomes more collaborative, how do introverts cope? This article in The Atlantic explores the struggle to find balance. #balanced
  • Digital Eye Strain. Staring at a screen for long periods of time takes its toll on vision, possibly leading to real medical issues. Find out more in this article from NPR.  #knowledgeable
  • Emotion and Learning. Research suggests that emotion is not the enemy of reason: It may be a best friend to learning. Read more here about how emotions help steer students’ learning. #caring
  • Internet of Us. When the world’s collective knowledge is at our fingertips, what becomes of college? Read more in this short excerpt. #thinkers
  • Is Grit Overrated? This article explores the downsides of dogged, single-minded persistence. #risk-takers

Grit may be essential. But it is not attractive.

  • Next Gen Science. Disover ideas for incorporating fiction and pop culture on the Science classroom here.
  • Practice Makes Perfect? Does more practice really make perfect? Read this blog post for a reflection on the permanence created by traditional homework practice vs. the value of specific and timely feedback. #reflective
  • Reflection. It’s that time of year when educators look back on the school year and evaluate. Read this blog for some ideas to guide your end of year reflections. #reflective
  • Smartphones in the Classroom. Research supporting the idea that smartphones—specifically—can be used to enhance learning for all students, even underachievers, is hard to find. This article explores whether smartphones have a place in the classroom. #principled
  • #TeacherLove. In this blog, a teacher reveals the lessons learned from her mother, her “favorite teacher [and] inspiration.” #caring
  • Understanding Literature. Discover a new literary-analysis tool for your high school students in Rachel G.’s pointed collection of ELA resources. #knowledgeable

The Learner Within: Week of April 24, 2016

 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 we can be for AIS students?

 

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequence.(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Principled. 2013.)

How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

On the AIS campus

OneNote Workshops. OneNote is an online notebook that can be used across devices. Become familiar with OneNote for personal/professional and classroom use. On Tuesday, April 26 between 7:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., Lissa will be in the Library introducing the power of OneNote. Check you email for sign-up and further details. Come with a device, your Office 365 login details, questions and an open-mind. 🙂 #open-minded #inquirers

Outside of Kuwait

The Innovator’s Mindset. Great teachers have been “innovators” long before any of the current technologies existed in our world.  It was always about doing something better with what was available, to help kids. In this workshop, George Couros will discuss the idea and characteristics of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and how they can make a significant impact on the learning of ourselves and ultimately our students. May 19 – 20, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Knowledge Source Institute. In addition to providing PD opportunities that promote Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication, we work with our trainers to ensure that our workshop participants go back with knowledge and skills they can implement in their classrooms/schools. Check out PD opportunities offered in Thailand during the 2016 – 2017 school year. Workshop leaders include: Maxine Driscoll, Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, Dr. James H. Stronge, and Geroge Couros. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Leading Innovative Change. Although schools are moving forward, change is always something that many struggle with. Focusing on an innovator’s mindset and our “why”, this workshop, led by George Couros, is meant for leaders to help others within their organization not only accept change, but embrace it, to create better powerful learning opportunities for our learners. May 17 – 18, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more#knowledgeable #inquirers

Mindfulness for Educators. What are the connections between stress, learning and mindfulness?  Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact info@globalbrained.com.

NESA Weekend Training Institutes 2016 – 2017. NESA’s weekend training institutes are a fantastic place to spend your professional learning time and money! NESA’s Training Institute model is a cohort approach where participants choose one offering that will be their focus for the two-day experience. #inquirers #open-minded

  • The Fall Leadership Conference will take place in Doha, Qatar, October  20 – 23. Current topics scheduled include: U-Theory, The Thoughtful School, Facilitative Leadership (with Carolyn McKanders), 
  • The Fall Training Institute will take place at The American Community School Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 4 – 5, 2016. The FTI is set to feature some very exciting two-day workshops, including: Adaptive Schools, Visible Thinking, MS/HS Reading Comprehension, C3, and more to come.
  • The Winter Training Institution will take place at Riffa Views International School, Bahrain, January 20 – 21, 2017. The WTI is set to feature two-day workshops, inlcuding: Assessment in MS/HS Social Studies, Digital Pedagogy (with John Burns), Mindfulness, Math Coaching, NGSS Team Facilitation, and more to come.

Neuroscience for the Learner. Neuroscience offers teachers a scientific understanding of how the brain learns and the impact on effective classroom practice.  Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact info@globalbrained.com #inquirers

 Teacher/Principal/Counselor/Teacher Leader Training Centers. Institutes are held each June-July in London and Miami and include intensive 7-day and 5-day courses addressing the essential skills necessary to be an effective leader, teacher, and counselor in an international school. Register now for a summer learning experience! #knowledgeable

Women, Leadership and Education. Why does gender diversity matter for innovation and growth? Decades of research show that organisations with more women in leadership roles do better. Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact info@globalbrained.com#open-minded

Online

  • #AISQ8chat. As always, the #AISQ8 Twitter crowd will be slow chatting on Tuesday’s #AISQ8chat! Details about how to participate can be found here. Tips for participating:
    • Chat questions are released each Sunday.
    • During our Tuesday slow chats we usually release Q1 by 8am, Q2 at 11am and Q3 by 2pm (just in time for the meetings!). However you are welcome to reply to any question at any point throughout the day.
    • When you have time on Sunday and Monday, start formulating your As to the weekly Qs. Then use Hootsuite to schedule them for Tuesday so that you don’t have to take time away from teaching. [Don’t worry, you can still edit pending Tweets if you change your mind.]
    • When you do have a couple free minutes on Tuesday, browse #AISQ8chat and engage in the conversation. Ask the community clarifying or probing questions. Twitter is your Personal Learning Community – you will get out what you put in J
    • #AISQ8chat is Storifyed every Wednesday morning. Didn’t have a chance to engage in the conversation on Tuesday? We still want to hear from you! Feel free to answer any of the previous week’s Qs from Wednesday to Monday. Please just remember to include #AISQ8chat. You can also add #AISQ8unchat if you’d like.

    If you have any questions or need Twitter coaching, please let a #AISQ8 ‘member’ know. We’re excited to start this learning journey together!  #communicators #risk-takers

  • Formative Assessment Reimagined. A new breed of technology is driving a shift in how we view and use formative assessment. When fully realized, educators will be engaged, empowered, and equipped to interrupt, disrupt, and prevent the failure to learn versus treating failed learning. Beyond information, formative assessment reimagined provides in-time insight and intelligence of, for, and by the learner to adapt and adjust learning, as the learner is learning—not after instruction. Register for this webinar here. Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. AST. #knowledgeable
  • Math, M.Ed. Concordia University – Portland’s M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics is designed for teachers in Kindergarten through community college who want to enhance their content knowledge and skills in mathematics in order to increase student learning and understanding of foundational mathematics concepts. Learn more here. #knowledgeable

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Arts as Education. Read more here about how standards emphasize developing artistic ideas, refining them, and following projects to completion. #knowledgeable
  • Collaborative Planning. This blog post describes how one middle school collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging. #communicators
  • Digital Citizenship. Have a look at this infographic “Citizenship in the Digital Age.” #principled
  • Diverse Learners.  This year the Teaching Channel’s Getting Better Together focus is all about meeting the needs of the diverse learners in classes. Find out how to support students with this new series of videos. #caring
  • Instructional Coaching. In this Kappan article, Carla Finkelstein (Towson University) examines the delicate process of establishing trust with teachers. There are plenty of reasons for resistance to being “helped” by an instructional coach and the importance of building trust. #caring
  • Professional Learning Clutter. Just like the never-ending supply of junk mail and digital spam, teachers are often overwhelmed and overloaded with the pressures of their job. This blog post explores attempts to alleviate the burden through a professional development approach that helps, rather than clutters. #open-minded

[We] are striving to develop a system that supports teachers where they’re at; to fuel their love of learning, rather than put a damper on it.

The Learner Within: Week of November 1, 2015

 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 we can be for AIS students?

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions. (IBO. IB Learner Profile. Thinkers. 2013.)

 

How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

On the AIS Campus

Critical Friends. A Critical Friends Group (CFG) is a unique PLC where individuals can bring their wonderings/challenges/works-in-progress to a collaborative group of colleagues for advice and guidance. CFG protocols offer the practical tools to be able to do the work of a PLC using structured and productive conversations. CFG protocols are excellent tools to guide personal and professional growth, connect with colleagues, engage in important conversations, and impact student achievement.

CFG work is Critical For Growth!

As a NSRF-certified CFG Coach, each year I work with small groups of teachers/leaders in CFG coaching cohorts. I am looking forward to establishing a new cohort this year to continue this work. This CFG will participate in several protocols for engaging colleagues in reflective conversations about instructional practices and student work with the goal of improving student learning. Many of these protocols easily transfer to use in the classroom with students of all ages. #inquirers #thinkers #caring #reflective #open-minded #communicators

An opportunity to delve deeper into your own personal professional growth!

In Kuwait

TESOL KuwaitTESOL Kuwait, affiliate of TESOL International Association, is pleased to announce registration open for the 2015 conference to be held from November 6-7, 2015 at Gulf University for Science and Technology. There will be over 35 presentations and workshops over the 3 days in addition to a keynote speech on Saturday morning by Dr. Dudley Reynolds, current TESOL International president-elect and other featured speakers.

In addition, the pre-conference on Thursday, November 5 offers 3 hour simultaneous workshops about a variety of topics. Vendors and exhibitors include educational publishers, professional development organizations and local not for profits that offer a variety of school programs. Our website has all the information about membership and pre-conference/conference registration. #knowledgeable #communicators

tesol kwt

Outside of Kuwait

Eduro Learning. Eduro Learning believes that as technology continues to change both the way we learn and the way we think about learning. The power of relationships are more important than ever. #open-minded #communicators

Learning 2 Africa. This second Learning 2 conference in Africa is being hosted by the American International School of Johannesburg. Hundreds of educators from across Africa and beyond will converge on this outstanding school campus to learn from global experts and from each other about the challenges, opportunities and excitement of Learning Without Borders. November 5 – 7, 2015. #risk-takers #communicators

NESA Weekend Training Institutes. NESA’s weekend training institutes are a fantastic place to spend your professional learning time and money! NESA’s Training Institute model is a cohort approach where participants choose one offering that will be their focus for the two-day experience. #inquirers #open-minded

  • The Fall Training Institute will take place at the American School of Dubai, UAE November 6 – 7, 2015. NESA is offering nine in-depth, two-day workshops on topics ranging from Math in early childhood through the use of data and “Next Generation Science Standards.”
  • The Winter Training Institute will take place at The American International School of Muscat, Oman February 5 – 6, 2016. The WTI will feature some very exciting two-day workshops, including: a special session with Carol Commodore on standards-based assessments in specialist areas (e.g., art, music, drama); “mindfulness”; teaching compassion; and more.

NESA Spring Educators Conference. The Spring Educators Conference is a three-and-a-half-day conference for educators of all grades and disciplines, featuring keynotes, 4-hour workshops and multi-day offerings presented by specialist speakers, general interest sessions, and teacher-presented workshops. The 2016 NESA SEC will take place in Bangkok, Thailand April 1 – 4, 2016. #knowledgeable

Online

  • #AISQ8chat. As always, the #AISQ8 Twitter crowd will be slow chatting on Tuesday’s #AISQ8chat! This week we begin the Living the IBO Learner Profile series with a chat about being Risk-Takers. More details can be found here. Details about how to participate can be found here. Tips for participating:
    • Chat questions are released each Sunday.
    • During our Tuesday slow chats we usually release Q1 by 8am, Q2 at 11am and Q3 by 2pm (just in time for the meetings!). However you are welcome to reply to any question at any point throughout the day.
    • When you have time on Sunday and Monday, start formulating your As to the weekly Qs. Then use Hootsuite to schedule them for Tuesday so that you don’t have to take time away from teaching. [Don’t worry, you can still edit pending Tweets if you change your mind.]
    • When you do have a couple free minutes on Tuesday, browse #AISQ8chat and engage in the conversation. Ask the community clarifying or probing questions. Twitter is your Personal Learning Community – you will get out what you put in J
    • #AISQ8chat is Storifyed every Wednesday morning. Didn’t have a chance to engage in the conversation on Tuesday? We still want to hear from you! Feel free to answer any of the previous week’s Qs from Wednesday to Monday. Please just remember to include #AISQ8chat. You can also add #AISQ8unchat if you’d like.

    If you have any questions or need Twitter coaching, please let a #AISQ8 ‘member’ know. We’re excited to start this learning journey together!  #communicators #risk-takers

  • Eduro Learning. Eduro Learning believes that as technology continues to change both the way we learn and the way we think about learning. The power of relationships are more important than ever. #inquirers #risk-takers
  • NanoWriMo. November 1 kicks of National Novel Writing Month! National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. Today, November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. #risk-takers

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest.

  • Chemistry. Here is an infographic that illustrates the Periodic Table of Elements scaled to show each element’s actual abundance on earth. #knowledgeable
  • Collaboration. The benefits of collaboration time are highlighted here#communicators
  • Education Re-design. Time. Space. Assessment. Basic Needs. These four areas are the focus of Iowa BIG solutions to education transformation. #thinkers
  • Engaging Learners. Watch how Wildwood IB World Magnet School uses the inquiry-based model to put students in charge of their learning, with lessons that stem from student questions and harness the power of curiosity. #inquirers
  • Emotional Resilience. A blog post worth revisiting as we enter a long stretch between now and the December holiday. How are you taking care of yourself? #caring
  • Next Generation School Library. Find out what the next-generation school library looks like in this blog post from MindShift.
  • Productive Failing. In this blog post, the author explores a Math teaching method known as productive failure. #inquirers #risk-takers
  • Pythagorean Water Demo. This YouTube video demonstrates the Pythagorean theorem using liquid distribution. #knowledgeable #inquirers
  • Teaching Teachers to Teach. Deborah Ball has spent the past three and a half decades thinking about what good teaching looks like. Read this NPR article (or listen to the interview) about how, every summer, she puts her own practice on display, teaching math to fifth-graders in front of an audience of educators as part of a program called Teaching Works at the University of Michigan. #knowledgeable

“I’m really trying hard to dispel this idea that teaching is this thing you’re born to do and it’s somehow natural to everyday life,” Ball says. “I don’t think either of those things is true.”