Friday, November 28 was IC’s first In-Service Day this year. Planned and organized by the ERC and school directors, the day was filled with a variety of workshop sessions for teachers at all levels of the school, beginning with an important session for all teachers focusing on Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The session was presented by members of the Rubeiz family and Dr. Richard Abi Saleh.
Following this session attended presentations by Mr. John Joseph devoted to Brain Research and Study Skills always keeping “The Brain in Mind”.
Teachers throughout the school attended sessions presented by the Educational Technology facilitators focusing on Screencasting. In their comments about the workshop, teachers came up with a variety of uses and situations where screencasting can facilitate both teaching and learning and made suggestions for connecting the screencast products to Moodle.
At the different school levels, teachers attended various workshops designed to address areas of interest. Preschool teachers received training in first aid by the Lebanese Red Cross. Several sessions were offered by Elementary and Middle school teachers from both Ras Beirut and Ain Aar to their colleagues. Elementary teachers explored the topics of Literature Circles, Words Their Way, Mindfulness, Conflict Resolution, Making an Electronic Book and Why Wiki?. Workshops at the Middle School level included Teaching Language through Dance, SPEC for new teachers, LTA, and Literature Circles. One important session for teachers of both the Middle and Secondary schools tackled coordination across the two levels. Other sessions for Secondary School teachers included IB Reflection on the TOK and TPE Coordination. Selected librarians attended a session concerning the administration of the school library catalog Destiny. In all, it was a very full day for everyone. In the words of one teacher, “… a very fruitful, interesting, and beneficial day.”