41. Building IPAs with Alexis Buschert

41. Building IPAs with Alexis Buschert

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In this episode of the Language Lounge, Alexis Buschert talks with host Michelle Olah about how to make IPA's more manageable. Alexis has great tips and tricks for saving you time, energy and your mental health. Did you know you don't have to grade everything?

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Alexis Buschert taught high school Spanish for 10 years in Oregon public schools. She has also taught in France as an English teaching assistant and participated in a Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar in Ecuador. Alexis spent her time in the classroom transitioning to proficiency-based teaching and trying everything from an immersion-style deskless classroom, to teaching fully online during the pandemic.

Alexis still takes Spanish classes at home and abroad whenever possible.


Show Notes:

Group making document

Interpersonal Boot Camp: Using the TALK rubric https://mmeblouwolff.weebly.com/revolutionized-teaching/interpersonal-boot-camp-using-the-talk-rubric

One page flyer (Strategies for Interpersonal Speaking



ACTFL presentation

Leave it at school! Effectively manage IPAs and reclaim your life!

Building IPA's is super hard -

IPAs are hard for teachers and students too - but once students get the hang of it they can show so much more language.

Teachers- open ended tasks that don't have "correct" answers

Look at the IPA as a demonstration or celebration of what they can do

How can teachers lighten their load

Limit the amount of tasks that you grade - but you don't need to grade all the tasks-

What do I need to assess the most?

Cut it down to 1 or 2 modes per assessment

Look at different tasks for each class

What does your district require? You're not going to get paid more for grading more…

Cheating is a huge issue -

Our assessments are not the end of the world- it's okay not to put everything in gradebook

At the end of the unit it is summative - so there's not as much feedback

Taking away the reason to cheat - don't grade the interpretive task

Quick way to provide rubric - not error correction-

Focus on proficiency driven comment - one thing they did well- and something to work on

You don't have to grade everything

A good rubric

Committing to actually grading things - create an environment that allows you to focus and get it done - then it's not hanging over your head anymore.

Attitude adjustment - stopped talking about tests- stopped talking about anticipating tests-

Don't build it up into a big thing - started offering and encouraging retakes -

This is you demonstrating your learning today- why can't everyone get a good grade - especially

Be intentional about your goal - what it is you need to see