Which Came First PBL or Small Group Instruction?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/smu_cul_digitalcollections/ Ye Olde Chicken-Egg story. Why am I wrestling with this? Because many consider me pretty smart about Project Based Learning(PBL). And, our school which calls itself a PBL school, is pushing small group instruction. So, is PBL just a version of small group instruction? Not sure. And when you infuse a very structured form […]

Sometimes Words Do Hurt (My Brain)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/ When you are over 50 years old and have been in a profession for a couple of decades, you see periods where certain buzz words are all the rage. I googled “education buzzwords” and found a list of some words I have heard a ton within the last few years but the following is […]

Yes There IS a Right Way to “Do PBL”

http://goo.gl/C3gteK It started when I was contacted by some friends who were attending the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference this past February.  “What is your principal saying about PBL here – do you REALLY do this at your campus?” What they were talking about was someone who was filling our spot because we had […]

This Summer Put Something Into Your Sea Bag

http://www.zazzle.com/american_sailor_ww2_poster-228992068234634646 Early on in my 20 year Navy career I got great advice from a veteran sailor. He said to remember to put something into your sea bag whenever you have a unique experience. If that experience was bad, remember how it happened so you won’t repeat it. If that experience was great, remember how […]

Why Safe + Collaboration = Success

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sharynmorrow/ There are a few new twists to the PBL training we do with BIE and the one that stands out to me is the purposeful way we have teachers share their work with the others in the room. Of course, as with everything we do, we are modeling for the teachers and showing them […]

A Thank You to Moms, Teachers, and Teacher-Moms

http://floridamemory.com/items/show/260975   This week we get to celebrate teachers (Teacher Appreciation Week) and Mothers (Mother’s Day).  For many of us the female teachers in our lives were like mothers to us. And so I think it only fitting that we mention them both in the same celebratory way.     According to an article in […]

It All Starts At The Top

http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/graphic/xlarge/31_00012.jpg I spent 20 years in the Navy. 10 years of active duty followed by 10 years of reserve duty. My wife spent 23 years in the Navy, all active duty. I’ve also been able to work in 8 different schools in 7 different school districts. The one constant for all of these? Leadership is […]

5th Anniversary Post

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfsoul Last night I was participating in the #educoach chat and people started talking about starting to blog. I almost tweeted that I wrote my first post on St. Patty’s Day, 2011. But I stopped and checked the date and I was off by 2 years!  So now I realized that I have been writing posts […]

When The Real World Interrupts

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinprick/ 30,000 feet and I can lower my tray-table. I haven’t written much lately. There’s been a lot on my mind. Some of that comes from processing new thoughts on PBL, inquiry, and design thinking. I know, I’m such a geek. But I’m also trying to process the fact that my big brother, Rick, is […]

Does Your Project Pass the Eye-Test?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/socialmediarts/ I have been on Twitter since just a few months after they announced who they were at SXSW in 2007. And I have been following the #pblchat on Twitter since, well, I was one of the folks who talked about creating it. So I’ve been there since the beginning. As pbl (project based learning) […]