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AIC 7th Cohort Graduation

 American International College was pleased to celebrate the graduation of the 7th cohort of the Masters' Degree program in International Education; Cairo Campus on July 11th, 2014.  The event took place at Edu Systems International main hall.  AIC faculty members visited Cairo to attend the commencement ceremony and to confer the certificates to the graduates at the Cairo Campus. 

The graduation ceremony began with a welcome speech from AIC Staff Azra Rahman who has expressed her motivation and excitement for attending the graduation of Masters Cohort at Cairo, Egypt.  This has been followed by a speech from the CEO of Edu systems International who urged the graduates to take their role as changing agents where knowledge and skills will be transferred not only to students but also to their colleagues for the chain reaction to take place.

On behalf of graduates, Ms Nermine Saleh has presented the graduates speech conveying her unique learning experience and journey during studying towards her master degree. Moreover, Regional Director of Education Karen Noone presented commencement speech along with AIC Dean for Cairo Campus.  The Master Degree in International Education has been conferred to seventeen educators from different schools, backgrounds, and experiences.

Finally, following one year journey in the masters program, graduates and faculty members shared together their accomplishment and celebrated their success in graduation ceremony. More than sixty guests including parents, spouses and siblings were part of the graduation as well as AIC teaching staff who were part of the ceremony protocol. Feedback from graduates, and attendees was very positive as the ceremony atmosphere was vibrant, attractive, and professional.

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How to Succeed in Life


Work by design, not by default: Decide what direction you want to go, and then start moving in that direction today.

Take responsibility for your career: Have an internal focus of your own. Design your own career, because if you don't others will.

Have frames of mind that serve you:
1) be optimistic: expect great things to happen.
2) Have an abundance mentality: the more you give the more you will get back.
3) Act with confidence: believe you can achieve what you want.
4) Free your-self from belief limitations: don't expect negatives that constrain you.
5) Feel gratitude: learn to see that privileges of your work experience will benefit something bigger that yourself.
6) Make work fun: enjoy your work and others will enjoy working with you.

Know yourself: Decide what you want out of life then do research. Decide which career tends to bring people most money, happiness, fulfillment, or whatever you are looking for? Then examine yourself. Do you have what it takes, based on your test scores, strengths and weaknesses, personality and willingness to put in whatever effort it requires?

Have a healthy attitude towards money: Value the job that gives you the highest skill that can get the money in the future. Remember, money is a mean not an end. Time is the truly scarce resource.

Be guided by your passions: Think what are you passionate about? Find a career that allows you to cultivate and share your passions with the world.

Think big: The higher you aim, the more you will achieve, even if you don't hit your mark.

Be less afraid: Get out of the comfort zone, move toward challenges not away from them.

Set smart goals: Set aggressive but achievable goals with deadlines. Only what gets measures gets improved.

Get motivated: Don't get your motivation from people around you, be internally motivated. Push yourself rather than wait for someone to push you.

Learn: How you learn and what you learn is essential. Have a natural curiosity about the right frame of mind and what you need to achieve will guide your process of learning. As for what to learn, depends on the chosen career. Talk to successful people from desired field and search for skills that let them succeed. Some skills are essential no matter what field, communication, leadership, teamwork, selling, negotiating, and creativity.

Become an expert: Try to become noticeably more valuable to your employer with each passing month.

Create real value: Think about the value of what you are doing to the world not to the organization.

Surround yourself with amazing people: Consider taking the job that will let you work with the smartest people you can find, people who will challenge you, give you objective feedback, and help you learn faster.

Be open: Be open to the different point of views and to being shown to be wrong; it's the fastest way to learn.

Develop and exercise power: Manage a team, become an expert in something and develop a personal brand. Influence people with your ideas.

Think like a company: What differentiates you from other potential candidates during hiring? What is your mission statement for your career and your life?

Don't give up: Follow the motto "I will find a way, or I will make one"

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Getting Off to a Good Start

The beginning of the year is the critical time to set the tone for classroom management. Effective teachers not only plan for classroom management before beginning of the school year, but they also spend more time ensuring that management activities are understood, accepted, and participated by students till they become routine.

Try the following steps in order to have a good start.

Arrange and decorate your room in a manner that supports effective classroom management.
                Classroom should be arranged in a way that allow the following
                     You can see all students and students can easily see the presentations.
                     It is easy to organize students in pairs, triad or small groups.
                     Pathways facilitate traffic ways

                Classroom should be decorated in a way that conveys a powerful message when students first enter.
                     A calendar
                     A place for displaying information about the current topic
                     A place to display student work

Begin with a strong first day of class. "The only chance to make a fist impression"
                What you do in the first day sets the tone that can carry you the rest of the year.
                     Prepare student name tags.
                     Greet students warmly when they enter the room
                     Make a seating chart
                     Don't allow students to wander around
                     Tell students  something about yourself
                     Let students know each other " Brief Interest Inventory"
                     Present and discuss classroom rules & procedures along with disciplinary interventions."Give
                    them printed copy"
                     Give students a course outline and briefly go over your expectations.

Emphasize classroom management for the 1st few days.
                     Practice classroom routines with students till it becomes a habit.
                     Go over the rules and procedures that were presented in the first day and spend some time                     discussing them.
                     Go over the grading procedure you will be using
                     Engage students with activities that help them know you better and know each other.

Reinforcing student's understanding of rules & procedures through various activities during the first few days of the school year will help ensure that your classroom management procedures are well established. 

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Quality attributes for leadership

1. Leadership employs laws and regulations in order to achieve the effectiveness of the system.
2. Leadership applies system of delegation of authority and responsibility.
3. Leadership applies legislation and laws for child's right.
4. Leadership inforce school policies and procedures.
5. Leadership provides system for receiving and handling suggestions and complaints.
6. Leadership provides suitable learning environment in particular student centered.
7. Leadership applies effective system to monitor the progress of learners in the light of the targeted learning outcomes.
8. Leadership applies system to monitor the performance of teachers and staff.
9. Leadership exchanges experiences with others.
10. Leadership employs sustainable professional development system for employees.

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