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

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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: https://youtu.be/7NZftMcmA9M

I Was a Finalist for TOTY this Year–I Did Not Win and That’s A-O-K

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I am not going to lie. I wanted it. For a while I had convinced myself the Teacher of the Year moniker did not matter too much to me, but as the days counted down to someone being selected, I found myself anxious and hopeful. 2015 has been good to me and my family, so really a TOTY win would have been like icing on the cake. But I did not win. Mrs. Brooke Webb did, and that my friends is truly A-O-K. Inside today’s post I will certainly explain why I think I ended up really wanting TOTY, but more importantly I will explain why who won deserved it more than I did. Continue reading

A Call for Change

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Inside this post you’ll find a plea from a few students who are currently in the project-based learning program I helped to start at my school. With the transition I’m making next year and having difficulty finding teachers who are willing to go the PBL route, the program will change drastically, including the continued moratorium of the junior level of the offered course. (You may recall that we didn’t have the junior level this year either in hopes of revamping it; well, that hasn’t quite happened.) The plea inside was sent to me in an email last night; the students intend to send it to anyone who is willing to listen. I thought I might try and amplify their voices. I share this also because it so well captures why I know what I’ve done for the last four years is right. Names and places have been removed for the protection of everyone. Continue reading