Teacher Innovation #9: “Teacher Reflection on PBL: Overcoming Obstacles & Making Changes”

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Post #9 is courtesy of Brooke Webb again. Brooke is a colleague and friend and contributed earlier to the series here. Brooke’s a dynamic and innovative teacher, so I knew I had to have her share more than once. Today she shares her reflections on growing as teacher who uses PBL (project-based learning) to enhance student learning over the years. Most of the post focuses on reflecting on two PBLs she conducted this past year. This reflection is as real as it gets. Brooke is candid and encouraging, which is perfect for teachers thinking of using PBL or still wary of it’s potential after trying it. This type of writing makes me very thankful for the people I work alongside day in and day out. Brooke’s teaching practices are iterative and reflexive much how any teacher should be. Enjoy!

Previous Series Entries: Post #1 // Post #2 // Post #3 // Post #4 // Post #5 // Post #6 // Post #7 // Post #8

by Brooke Webb

The following is a narrative based upon my experiences of overcoming obstacles and challenges I faced when planning and executing two different PBL projects in my classroom this past year. This musing is not an attempt to be scholarly with cited sources and cross-referencing academic texts, but rather, I wanted to share some real life insight into my triumphs and tribulations with PBL from the teacher’s perspective. Continue reading

Student Voices: On Learning the Art of Teaching

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Today’s post is a quick reflection of a student’s time in my Teaching as a Profession class this year. The student is a sophomore and is considering becoming a school counselor one day. I appreciate her taking the time to share a few quick thoughts on what she is taking away from her time in the class. COMING SOON: An update on Mrs. C’s oceanography project! Continue reading

Early Reflection on 2015 ‘Oh and Star Wars Comes Out in Two days!’

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Like today’s title? Well, I do, so I guess that’s all that counts. I actually see the Star Wars film tomorrow with my dad. I tend to get emotionally attached to imagery and symbols that evoke my childhood or at some point found residence in my soul. So seeing Star Wars almost a day ahead of many others and sitting next to my dad to experience it all together gives me all the feels. I have already consumed a few spoiler-free reviews and they only continue to pique my excitement. Anyway, in today’s post I reflect on quite a year with a look to 2016. Enjoy! Continue reading

Looking Back on Comps and Looking Forward toward a Prospectus

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So comps happened. I passed. Passing feels awesome.

For anyone unsure, comps is short for comprehensive exams; they are a rite of passage for all doctoral students whereby a potential doctoral candidate must demonstrate both his or her theoretical and methodological knowledge. In other words, the exams are a proving ground. A student must prove he or she is ready for the dissertation phase of their program.

Thankfully, my committee believes I am. Inside today’s post is simple reflection on the process and what I have ahead of me.
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Previewing A New School Year and Something Extraordinary is Coming

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I could not allow the month of July to lapse without posting at least one more time, especially considering I’ve only posted one other time this month!

The school year is fast approaching. For some of my educator friends, they are already wrapping up a week of pre-planning because the kiddos come into their schoolhouse next week. My pre-planning week starts Monday. Still, I’ve been at my school every day this week attending meetings, preparing lessons, and getting used to a whole new set of expectations this year.

After all, this year will be different. I will be balancing a new administrative role, teaching 9th grade language arts, taking my comprehensive exams, and writing a dissertation. While I certainly have those sudden feelings that I might be in over my head, I am more excited than any other feeling coursing through me. Inside today’s post, I look ahead to my new role and how I’m approaching my classroom as well as sharing a preview of something quite extraordinary forming this fall.

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