Focus on English A, ATLs and portfolios
online | € 250 | 6 hours of training (4 x 90 minutes) | 18, 19, 25, 26 May 2023, 16:00-17:30 CET
This live online workshop is aimed at experienced teachers of Language and Literature for the IB Diploma Programme. The guiding questions for this workshop include:
- How can teachers make the Approaches to Teaching and Learning more explicit in the English A classroom?
- How can the Learner Portfolio be used as a tool to make the ATLs more visible?
The workshop leader, Brad Philpot, is the author of English A: Language and Literature and English B (both with Cambridge University Press). He is an experienced workshop leader and examiner.
The workshop consists of 4 x 90 minutes of instruction, discussion and break-out activities. Sessions are held on 18, 19, 25 and 26 May 2023 from 16:00 to 17:30 Central European Time.
The number of participants is limited to 20 participants, who will be able to engage with each other and the content through Zoom and this website. Recordings of each session and downloadable content will be made available to participants.
The workshop fee is € 250 (excl. VAT if applicable).
Participants will receive a digital Philpot Education certificate afterwards. This workshop is not endorsed by the IB. Register here >
|1||Thursday, 18 May 2023||16:00 - 17:30 CET||Why teach for creativity? What do we mean by 'creative thinking' and why is it needed in the 21st century? What does creative thinking look like in the Language and Literature classroom? How might creative teachers and students tackle the Individual Oral? Participants will explore these questions by applying a method that encourages creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in the classroom.|
|2||Friday, 19 May 2023||16:00 - 17:30 CET||How can students create a learner portfolio that both showcases their achievements and gives stakeholders a window into their learning journey? How can we integrate the ATLs (approaches to teaching and learning) better into our everyday classroom activities? How creative activities help prepare students for Paper 1, which is a very analytical task? This session explores answers to these questions through hands-on activities.|
|3||Thursday, 25 May 2023||16:00 - 17:30 CET||"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us." This Winston Churchill quote forms the basis of this session, where we explore how creativity can be fostered at school, both by the physical space which we occupy and the non-tangible structures that shape learning, from timetables to assessment policies. We continue to explore structures, such as worksheets and templates, which help shape creative thinking, especially with regards to the Paper 2 exam. We ask: How can students engage with each other and literary works in a creative way? How can teachers set up the students for success on Paper 2 and help them see connections between literary works?|
|4||Friday, 26 May 2023||16:00 - 17:30 CET||This session revisits why we teach for creativity and how we can foster creativity in the language and literature classroom through particular teaching routines and structures. Specifically, we explore the HL Essay and how lines of inquiry can be developed in a creative way. In this session, participants showcase the units that have been developed in groups throughout this workshop.|
Brad Philpot has a passion for language, literature and learning. He is an experienced examiner, workshop leader, speaker, teacher and textbook author. He has authored two editions of English A: Language and Literature and English B for the IB Diploma Programme with Cambridge University Press. He is the original author of the ThinkIB Subject Site for English A: Language and Literature. Since 2008, he has shared his passion, experiences and expertise with over 3,000 teachers all around the world through Philpot Education, a provider of educational resources and workshops. Since 2020, he has taught English at Frankfurt International School.
"The personal touch Brad Philpot offered made the difference. A very holistic approach for a workshop leader." - Kathleen Battah, Wellspring Learning Community, Beirut, Lebanon
"I enjoyed the practical suggestions for activities which focused on parts of assessment and also gave me good ideas for work with student. Brad's manner and style are highly conducive to collaborative learning. My department had a great time!" - Vivien Hall, New International School of Thailand