Preparing for Student Led Conferences

As we move towards the end of the school year (scary to think how fast that's come around!) this week our ES Team began to prepare for Student Led Conferences. This was framed by 2 questions: What is the purpose of the Student Led Conference?What opportunities does this present us Purpose The most obvious answer … Continue reading Preparing for Student Led Conferences

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Rethinking Feedback: Time to try it out!

A couple of weeks ago I shared this post about Rethinking Feedback: We posed the question: What if instead of giving feedback on a piece of work against levels/grades/rubrics, we gave feedback on signs of growth?  The idea was surprisingly simple, yet hopefully effective. Switch feedback from grades and levels to signs of growth. In doing … Continue reading Rethinking Feedback: Time to try it out!

Launching the PYP Exhibition!

We’re very excited here at AIS Kuwait to have launched PYPX 2019! Our Exhibition takes place within the Transdisciplinary Theme of Sharing the Planet, and we further connect it to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  This helps our students find real meaning in their work as they look to investigate the impact of the UN … Continue reading Launching the PYP Exhibition!

Rethinking Feedback: Signs of Growth

I daren’t even Google how many articles/blog posts/books/etc. there are out there which claim to be rethinking feedback: but we’re rolling with it. Regardless of the title for this post...I think we (Mark and I) may have just revolutionised feedback as we walked to school this morning. We were chatting through the day ahead as … Continue reading Rethinking Feedback: Signs of Growth

Celebrating Kuwait’s National and Liberation Day 2019

An amazing part of the life of an international teacher is getting to experience and participate in holidays and celebrations you’d probably never see at ‘home’. This week Kuwait celebrated National Day (25th Feb) and Liberation Day (26th Feb) as these are national holidays we had our school celebration late last week before the break. … Continue reading Celebrating Kuwait’s National and Liberation Day 2019

Reporting: Navigating the challenges of what to report and how

We all know it’s important, and yet we all dread it; writing reports. Whether you do this once a year, once a unit or somewhere in between, whether you’re a new school or well established, new to teaching or seasoned veteran - it’s still hard. This year we’ve been wrestling with some big questions when … Continue reading Reporting: Navigating the challenges of what to report and how

Understanding by Design: the Role of Essential Questions. Reflecting on shared learning with Jay McTighe

This weekend we had the great fortune of a 3 hour workshop for our school leaders with Jay McTighe.  These opportunities always seem to have double the benefit since we not only get to develop our understanding with the help of a guest speaker, but also to have focused conversations with each other on specific … Continue reading Understanding by Design: the Role of Essential Questions. Reflecting on shared learning with Jay McTighe

Developing Agency: Supporting Teachers to Learn Continuously

This year a big focus for me as a PYP Coordinator is thinking about ways to increase agency in our school.  With the Enhanced PYP comes a bold move from the IB to put agency and the centre of the way in which we consider learning.  This is leading to some great reflections, ideas and … Continue reading Developing Agency: Supporting Teachers to Learn Continuously