Work with Alexis

Alexis offers trainings, workshops, and Skype consultations on the following topics:

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Spider Web Discussion / Harkness

Brief description: The best classes have a life of their own, powered by student-led conversations that explore texts, ideas, and essential questions. In these classes, the teacher’s role shifts from star player to observer and coach as the students

  • Think critically,
  • Work collaboratively,
  • Participate fully,
  • Behave ethically,
  • Ask and answer high-level questions,
  • Support their ideas with evidence, and
  • Evaluate and assess their own work.

Spider Web Discussion is a simple technique that puts this kind of class within every teacher’s reach. This session will give you all the research behind why Spider Web Discussion is so powerful and all the specifics you need to begin it in your very next class.

Audience: teachers of all subject levels and ages, instructional coaches and administrators

Available adaptations: general audience focus or department/division-specific focus

 

Assessment: A Practical Approach to Formative and Summative Assessment

Brief description: Everyone is talking about assessment, but how do we ensure it works? How do we make sure assessment criteria are clear to all teachers and students? Are rubrics helping or hindering? How do we make formative assessment work in our actual classrooms, given concerns about time constraints and student engagement?

This workshop offers tips on how to design effective assessment strategies for any middle- and high-school classroom. Learn how to use criteria for purpose-built rubrics that inspire student creativity, engagement, and meta-cognition, not stifle them. Learn how to create a bank of student work that serves as a valuable tool for communicating to parents, teachers, and students about assessment. Learn tips for setting up your grade book to make formative assessment a boon, not a burden. Walk away from this workshop with a practical set of solutions to raise your classroom or school’s assessment game and get every stakeholder on the same page.

Audience: MS and HS teachers of all subjects, instructional coaches, and administrators

Available adaptations: grade-level- or department/division-specific

 

Fearless Feedback: How a Culture of Feedback Can Transform Learning

Brief description: Feedback is the keystone to deep learning, bridging the gaps between content, skills, and assessment. This workshop offers specific ways teachers can employ feedback to lessen grading time and empower students. You will see student portfolios, course evaluations, and student-teacher conferences like you have never seen them before in this innovative session on how feedback transforms learning.

Audience: teachers of all subject levels and ages, instructional coaches and administrators

Available adaptations: general audience or department/division-specific

 

Using Essential Questions for Optimal Learning

Brief description: Essential questions are one of the simplest, most efficient ways to design curriculum and create assessments, but most teachers aren’t sure how to tap their power. This practical, creative session clarifies what is and isn’t an essential question and gets teachers of all ages and disciplines designing curriculum around core essential questions that will ensure deep thinking, not merely memorized content. Participants should come ready to work individually or in teams on a specific unit or course, as part of this session will be given to design work with 1:1 coaching from Alexis.

Audience: teachers of all subject levels and ages, instructional coaches and administrators

Available adaptations: general audience or department/division-specific

 

Writing Portfolios with Power – Strengthening Writing in the MS/HS ELA Classroom

Brief description: In-depth analysis, critical thinking, and cogent writing are the English/ELA teacher’s ultimate goal, but it often feels like a Sisyphean task to get all students there. No more.

In this practical, hands-on workshop, ELA teachers will learn fresh approaches for using portfolios to achieve sophisticated rhetorical and analytical writing. This workshop will energize ELA teachers with three core practices for teaching adolescent writers: offering authentic audiences, student choice, and self-assessment strategies, all within the context of creating portfolios with power. Every student can be a writer; come experience how Alexis uses these same methods to achieve results in her own high-school English classes.

Audience: MS/HS English and ELA teachers, humanities and upper-level world language teachers interested in improving writing and analysis

 

Approaches to Teaching and Learning: Practical Strategies for Maximizing Teaching and Learning

The most dynamic, vibrant classrooms are ones in which students find inspiration, drive, and clearly-communicated goals. Based on the IB’s Approaches to Teaching and Learning, this workshop highlights the importance of five key skills for students and six key skills for teachers in creating the best classroom environments. You will walk away from this workshop with dozens of practical tips, activities, and new methods to inspire you. This sessions offers a treasure-trove of some of the most current, practical, and effective strategies out there — all in one place.

Audience: teachers of all subject levels and ages, instructional coaches and administrators

Available adaptations: IBDP schools version and non-IBDP schools version

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