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!
Last week we hosted the Annual AIS Kuwait Math Night, this is a big event for our school community and one which is well attended and this year was no exception. Children and their families from across the school came to participate in math games and activities, as well as view work exhibited by our … Continue reading Math Night!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Recently at school we've been talking a lot about culture building. The need to build strong relationships in our classrooms is always a major focus for educators at the beginning of a school year, and for good reason. I've also been talking to others at our school about how we support a positive staff culture. … Continue reading What if then…?
This week I began my new position as IB PYP Coordinator at AIS Kuwait. One of the most important (but also potentially most challenging) things I am working on during our Orientation Week is some staff training sessions. When I first started to think about what I should be covering in these I wondered how … Continue reading Exploring the IB Learner Profile: How do we help students make meaningful connections?