As part of my trip to the New Tech Network offices in March this year I was also afforded the opportunity to visit the place where the New Tech model of Project-based Learning (PBL) was first launched- New Technology High School. Krista Clark, Director of Communications at New Tech, took me for a tour around … Continue reading The Universality of PBL: From California to Australia
My visit to the New Tech Network in Napa Valley, California.
I was very excited to learn that project I wrote about extensively in my blog post Establishing Adult Connections through Authentic Projects was recognised as one of the top projects of 2016 according to John Larmer, the Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education (BIE). BIE Blog Post I collaborated with my team teachers to … Continue reading BIE Favourite Projects 2016
My single favourite experience of teaching so far has been co-ordinating and coaching my own debating team as well as organising and coaching students for public speaking competitions. Parramatta Marist High School is involved in several different competitions in the Sydney area including the Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA) Public Speaking Competition, the CSDA Debating … Continue reading Debating
Shake Things Up I'm finally getting around to writing about some of the previous projects I have designed and delivered this year. Term One of Year 9 2016 saw my team teacher, Shamaine Jacobs, and I teach a stand-alone English project about The Merchant of Venice for the first time. Based on the advice of our … Continue reading Shake Things Up: Making Shakespeare fun again
This year I have been making a concerted effort to create and alter projects to make them more authentic by focusing on establishing adult connections between students in the classroom and the world beyond those four walls. One of the proudest moments in my teaching career so far resulted from this effort in Term Two. … Continue reading Establishing Adult Connections through Authentic Projects
Our latest PLT focus has been a collective study of the book Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning. We were split into 'Expert Groups' for our Monday after school PD sessions and then worked in a jigsaw type fashion to piece together our notes with our original PLT groups. The text itself, written by John Larmer, John … Continue reading Gold Standard PBL
For me, being introduced to this innovative pedagogy of Project-based learning and seeing it successfully applied in a classroom setting cemented my resolve to teach and brought back the passion for education I thought I had lost.
I have written previously about one aspect of professional learning we engage in at Parramatta Marist High- Professional Learning Teams (PLT). During Term One we were introduced to the Literacy Continuum (Aspects of Writing) and asked to focus our attention on developing and improving the literacy skills of our students. Over the course of the … Continue reading PLT 2016: Aspects of Writing
During our time in Delhi we stayed in Saket at the home of the beautiful Nagpal family and participated in many group workshops about leadership, entrepreneurial mindset and effective networking strategies. On our first day we all made our way up the winding staircase of Grace Home and onto the rooftop overlooking New Delhi. As a … Continue reading Leadership: the importance of failure