“Iâ€™ve been reading about Project Based Learning for some time now,” writes international teacher-blogger Jenny Luca, “and struggled trying to find a way to integrate this kind of pedagogy into my regular English classroom practice.” This year Jenny and her teacher teammates included a 3-week PBL experience in their unit on Romeo and Juliet. “This has been one of the most rewarding activities Iâ€™ve been involved in this year. Iâ€™m invested in it and I can feel that passion for what I do apparent when Iâ€™m interacting with the students.”
Many educators are being invited to speak at TEDx gatherings in Australia, North America and around the world. Australian teacher leader and librarian Jenny Luca thought it might be useful “to analyse the process I went through putting a talk like this together. It may help if you’re asked to do something similar.”
Framing a lesson is important to me. I try and do this in varied ways; sometimes Iâ€™ll share a story, sometimes Iâ€™ll use a quote related to a theme, sometimes itâ€™s a picture, and quite often itâ€™s a short video. Something inspiring that helps my students understand its relevance to what we are learning, something that will fire those brain neurons, something that frames our lesson. Something from TED.
As a teacher-librarian it became obvious to me that systemic change was necessary to enable all our students to benefit from the opportunities created by technology and connectedness. Over the past year, the team I work with has been leading change in our school, working to expand our understandings about 21st century information fluency and help our students grow as digital citizens. A dedicated blogging platform, ePortfolios and information fluency certificates are helping us do that.
In my early days of immersion, Iâ€™d sit among friends in conversation and find my mind wandering. The desire to switch on my phone and check my networks was intense, almost like a primal need. I found myself connected to the network, and disconnected from long term friends, even family. It seemed that they didnâ€™t understand, they werenâ€™t part of what was in my immediate field of interest. None of them grasped the magnitude of my new discovery.