Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Upcoming PL in Cairo

Please see the below message from CAC regarding upcoming Professional Learning. If you are interested, please contact your site administration.

Dear Colleagues,

Cairo American College (CAC) teachers would like to share their insights and teaching models with other international school teachers in the region in order to better support teacher understanding and student learning.

Join other educators from Paris, Doha and Chennai!

We are hosting a professional learning weekend from March 25 - 27, 2017. Teachers have an opportunity to participate in a Lab Site process to learn about one of these three teaching models used at CAC:

  1. Reading and writing:  Reading and Writing Workshops in the Elementary School
  2. Mathematics:  Challenge by Choice curriculum in the Middle School
  3. Multiple subjects:  Harkness-style student-centered discussions in the High School

Alternatively, administrators may attend the MAP Testing Workshop, in which participants learn how best to generate annual reports, graphs, and conduct international comparisons of their testing data. Be sure to bring your own data to the workshop!

And, when not on campus you will have an opportunity to visit the Pyramids, float on Falucca on the Nile and enjoy Egyptian Cuisine!  All included in the registration fee.

Please find attached a document that includes the full weekend schedule, information about lodging and activities in Cairo, and detailed descriptions of the professional learning sessions. Please also note the following:

  • Eligibility: Educators from regional international schools outside of Egypt.
  • Cost: $250 payable by US or Egypt bank check or bank transfer. Payment must be made by March 1, 2017.

Click here to register today! We look forward to partnering with you in this exciting learning experience.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dammam Publishes Vignettes via eBooks

Written by Humaira Khan, ISG Dammam
Over the course of the past month, the Dammam students of Grade 9 have dedicated their time and effort towards writing vignettes. These vignettes were later compiled into a book to represent each Grade 9 class. The inspiration for this semester project was a novel by Sandra Cisneros called The House on Mango Street. Since my students had previously analyzed and interpreted the novel, they already knew how to write vignettes. One of the objectives of giving this project was to allow students to elaborate on a specific topic and present their outlook. Another goal was to delve into this particular style of writing. Cooperation was enhanced by collaborating with other students. A unique blend of perspectives was also exhibited in the vignettes. While writing their vignettes, my students used the Common Core Standards as a guideline to achieve the final product. This enabled the students to bring forth exceptional vignettes. Concrete details and examples were used to appeal to the audience. Technology was seamlessly integrated into the project. The students were aided in compiling the individual vignettes into a collection through technological means.  The vignettes offer a unique insight into the daily escapades of the Grade 9 pupils. Through resilience and determination, they were successful in savouring the sweet fruits of labour. The final outcome felt very rewarding to the students. Furthermore, I did not opt for the traditional teaching routine. Instead, I applied more efficient and creative teaching methods that have been highlighted by the Common Core Standards. This gave my students an initiative to showcase their potential without being restricted by any boundaries.
Please view their wonderful work here: Grade 9

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Creativity and Collaboration

The Dhahran campus LRC is shifting towards a flexible model of working with students and teachers. Please check out the latest from the LRC blog: Creativity & Collaboration in Grade 5.  Find out what wonderful learning they've been up to!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Future Learn

Check our Future Learn, a site that offers free courses in a variety of areas, in addition to certificates and programs (for a fee).  Courses are offered from various universities.

You may be interested in the following courses or programs:

STEM Teaching
Designing Assessments to Measure Student Outcomes 
Youth Football Coaching
Teaching Literacy through Film
Teaching Programming in Primary Schools

These are just a few of the options on offer.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Grade 1 Information Writing @ DEMS

Written by Nicki Rawn, DEMS Grade 1

The grade 1 students at DEMS have been working hard on their nonfiction chapter books. They published their work by putting it onto Book Creator and then uploaded it as a PDF and a video onto their Seesaw. Please take a moment to enjoy a few samples.  They did work very hard on their writing...this is their first Informational piece of the year. We had our Grade 5 buddies come and help us put it onto Book Creator. We celebrated our work by watching and learning from each other! The grade 1 are truly experts on their topics. 





Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Writing Celebrations in Grade 1 @ Dammam

Grade 1 students celebrated their information books today by reading and complimenting one another.  The stories were fantastic, informative and engaging.  Below is a video produced by 1B and photos from the celebration.

It was an exciting morning of reading and commenting on our peer's books.  Most importantly, we learned a lot.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ISG Learns Update

Please check out our updated Collaboration page on ISG Learns with links to information on the ISG Coaching model, Innovation Teams and Collaborative Teams.  Don't miss links to ISG Virtual G+ communities.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

iPGP Cycle I

Many of you are engaged in or completing your first inquiry cycle for your iPGP.  As you engage in this short-cycle improvement process, here is some information that may prove useful for your Study and Action cycles.

Action Research: A Powerful Design

The information is taken from Learning Forward, The Journal of Staff Development October 2016 issue.