It has been a long, but very rewarding year. The year culminated just these past three days with a PBL workshop for my district with the aid and guidance of the ever lovely Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss. I mentioned them both in my previous post about PBL. Suzie is a writer for Edutopia and Jane was a classroom teacher for over twenty years, but both are authors of the book Reinventing Project-Based Learning. They were absolutely wonderful to work with.
We were allowed to bring about fifty teachers to this workshop. We aimed to bring as many teachers who were unfamiliar with PBL as possible. That little detail is important because if I haven’t made it clear in the past, I”ll make it clearer now–PBL scares people. Change frightens most of us and the paradigm shift that is needed for a teacher to be successful with PBL is no exception. The good news to come out of our workshop is that now we have several more advocates of PBL in my school and in my district! I consider this a huge win considering some the bumps and bruises a colleague and I endured to make it really happen at my school this year. (It was all worth it!) The three days were honestly the three most valuable professional learning days I’ve ever experienced. I suppose it should be noted that my passion for using PBL in large public schools does make going to this particular kind of professional learning a bit more motivational.
I promised myself I’d keep this entry brief. I am embedding a Prezi that I presented at the workshop this past week. I had several colleagues request it, so I see no harm in sharing it with you all as well. I encourage all of you to check out Suzie’s and Jane’s blog, and if you’ve never visited Edutopia then you certainly should soon. Happy project building!
(Click Link Below to get to Prezi)