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
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
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.
Recently I launched the newest Year 8 English project called Cultural Poetry. I gradually introduced the boys to the idea of poetry in Week 7 of last term when I organised for slam poet Luka Lesson to run a workshop and perform some of his exciting, innovative and very engaging spoken word poetry. The boys … Continue reading Entry Event: Blackout Poetry
Part of Project Based Learning at Parramatta Marist High is the integration of different Key Learning Areas (KLAs). As classes consist of 60 students there are always 2 teachers in the classroom. This year the Social Studies subjects that have been integrated are HSIE (History and Geography), English and Catholic Studies (CST). However, not every … Continue reading Integrations
At Parramatta Marist High the New Tech Network's Project Based Learning model is employed with Year 7-10. What is Project Based Learning? According to the Buck Institute: Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a … Continue reading Project Based Learning