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.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Submit to the Youth Anthology for Compassion

The Compassion Anthology seeks submissions for their Young Adult Compassion Anthology.  They are looking for poetry, essays, and art from middle school, high school, and college students. Please find the submissions guidelines here. Don't miss this opportunity for your students to publish their writing.  

Here are some questions/prompts to guide the creative process:

  • How can compassion be an act of courage?
  • How is compassion a healing force for the receiver and the giver?
  • Explore the concept of forgiveness and how it relates to compassion.
  • Explore an example of social justice and relate it to compassion.
  • Explore how environmentalism is compassion for the Earth.
  • What is compassion as it relates to self?
  • Who is a compassionate role model that inspires you and how have his or her accomplishments influenced others and produced positive change?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Compassion Summit

The American Community School-Amman and ISG, in partnership with the Charter for Compassion, are pleased to host an inaugural Compassion Summit in March 2017.

Inspired by the notion that peace is born in schools, we endeavor to bring like minded schools together to create, enhance, and promote greater levels of compassion within our school communities...and it starts with our students.  

The inaugural Compassion Summit will focus on compassionate action.  We will use Design Thinking Principles to create school Action Plans to be implemented within our school communities.  

Complete details can be found in our handout:

Please see Tara Waudby if you are interested in more information and working on the ISG team as we develop the Summit.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Devices @ ISG Learns

As we gear up for the weekend, please note that our sessions are working sessions.  Please bring your laptops during the weekend.

If you haven't already done so, please peruse the program and select your session preferences using this form

Looking forward to learning together. Share on Twitter using #isglearns.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

ISG Learns on November 3, 4, 5

On November 3, 4, 5, we’ll be immersed in learning for our annual ISG Learns. This year is unique and better than ever because many of our sessions are facilitated by ISG educators.  This is a mark of our capacity for sustained and continuous learning.  We would like to thank all of our ISGers who are presenting for mini-NESA or facilitating a workshop or Innovation Team.  You rock!

We shifted the schedule slightly to accommodate the many events occurring this weekend.  The main change is that mini-NESA sessions will be offered on Thursday and Saturday.  Please note that workshops and innovation team sessions run concurrently.  

Sessions on Offer
Please find here a doc of detailed session descriptions.  Hyperlinks have been added to assist you in navigating through the various options.

What to attend?
We hope you will find something interesting amongst the session offerings, and we hope you will take the opportunity to collaborate with educators across the district on an Innovation Team.  For planning purposes, it is helpful for presenters to have an estimated head count. After you have reviewed the session descriptions, please take a moment to indicate your session preferences on this form.  If you change your mind on the day, it’s perfectly okay.

Code Avengers Form
In addition to our ISG form, if you plan to attend the Code Avengers Workshop they have asked that you submit a form for their purposes. Please complete the form for Code Avengers by November 3 only if you plan to attend their session:  Coding in the classroom with Code Avengers

  • Joffreys will be open November 3, 4 and 5.
  • Nesma will be open on November 3 and 5.  They have been advised of numbers and have assured us there will be enough food.