Studio Reunion #PBL Chat Video

The conversation was over an hour long, and while a live broadcast would have been cool, I brought my regular ol’ camera to capture the conversation just in case. We all laughed at the situation as one of our on-going mantras of The Studio class was, “Always have a backup!” I hope you enjoy the discussion as much as we enjoyed having it. There are some profound nuggets about experiential learning, authenticity in education, and the impact of relationships in a classroom–all of which play a role in well-developed project-based learning. I want to think Tiffany, Maddie, Kevin, and Abby again for their time yesterday. They are all busy college students, and I so deeply appreciate their time. Enjoy and please share!

UPDATE (No Live Stream): Studio #PBL Reunion @ 4PM Today!

UPDATE: Due to tech difficulties, I cannot live stream after all! I’ll have a video up this evening though, so stay tuned for that. Thanks for the patience.
Join us today! A few of my former students will be sharing stories from their high school project-based learning experience, and its potential impact on their current college careers.

Coming Soon: An Afternoon with The Studio Squad


On Sunday, September 18 something very cool will happen. Seven years ago I started a project-based learning (PBL)classroom with my friend Nic Carroll we coined as The Studio. When I started this blog many years ago, much of my posts surrounded me blundering my way through teaching in an immersive PBL experience. I stayed mostly positive here, but there were very real struggles. What made building The Studio worth all the trial and error and ups and downs were the students who took the journey with us. In just over a week I get The chance to sit down with five students who started and finished the journey with me. They are all successful college students in their third year of university studies. We will broadcast live here on the blog at 4PM and reflect on their time in Studio and looking at their lives now. I truly do not know what they’ll say or how they’ll answer my questions, but my hope is this broadcast will provide powerful insight into how PBL as an instructional practice and teachers and students who take it up impact our lives experiences. As much as this is my seven year journey it is theirs as well. I hope people tune in to be part of the conversation. I promise it will be worth it!

Here’s a link to the broadcast on YouTube:

Guest Post: Reading the World through the (Epic, Tragic, & Anit-) Heroes’ Eyes


While I am personally on a posting hiatus, I have asked for colleagues and friends to help with guest posts. The first of which comes from Glenn, who I introduced you all to in my last full post. Inside today’s post, Glenn will take us through the hero’s journey through the eyes of his students. Glenn documents his students’ epiphanies, and his own attempt to bring the journey we all endure to life, all the while preparing students to notice the epic, tragic, and anti-hero in themselves. I hope you enjoy reading through Glenn’s reflection as much as I did!
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Posting Hiatus

Readers, friends, and family, as I continue to fall woefully behind in my attempts to post relevant and interesting content on the blog, I am forced to admit I need to take a hiatus.

I am neck deep into writing my dissertation and an article with very clear deadlines (oh, and I’m going to be a dad!), so I have decided they need my attention more than anything. My hope is that by November I might return to posting on a regular basis. Until then, send good vibes and prayers my way. I need them!