Project Based Learning

“I believe any change in the education system will not come until and unless we prepare teachers for it.” – Bijal Damani, India

High School Teachers Meet the Challenges of PBL Implementation

Teachers at one of Microsoft’s Mentor Schools, Sammamish High School in Washington, share their difficulties and triumphs as their school moves from traditional delivery of instruction to schoolwide problem-based learning.

“I teach because I want to make a difference. I teach because what I do every day matters for at least one person. That’s what success is all about.” – Dalia Younis, Kuwait

“For me, technology has opened the doors to my students. Speaking their language and working with the tools they know gives me credibility; I get their attention and collaboration willingly.” – Mireia Gussinyé Figueres, Mexico

“Although teachers think that they are just visitors in the lives of their students, they must remember that a good teacher has the ability to shape the students’ future, touch their lives and initiate their metamorphosis into great future leaders.” – Youssr Chediac, Lebanon

“Now that I am teaching I also want to inspire other teachers to think further than just their classroom so that we are creating opportunities for our students to be their very best — to be LIFE ready.” – Jamie Ewing, USA

“Teachers need to take some time out from their busy schedules to learn and innovate. This way they can achieve great heights.” – Jatinder Pal Singh, India

“I have always embraced technology in my educational work, not for the sake of it, but because I have always seen its potential for unlocking potential and empowering individuals and groups.” – Peter de Lisle, South Africa

“It is essential to reflect on how and why technology is used in the classroom. As educators we cannot throw gadgets at kids and expect grand testing results. Innovative education is purposeful, designed, and reflective.” – Sarah Collins, USA

“Make sure you want to be a learner first. Make sure you are engaging students in a way they want to be engaged.” – Todd LaVogue, USA

“When teachers collaborate together, the best ideas combine together.” – Alice Leung, Australia

“There is a glaring disconnect between what we say we want students to know and do – be resilient life-long learners capable of creative problem-solving for future challenges as yet unknown – and where we direct our educational resources of time and money: preparing capable test-takers.” – June Tiesan, USA

“Project-based learning is one of the best ways to prepare students for the demands of life, citizenship, and work in today’s world.” – Sara Hallermann, USA

“Education is the root for a healthy community. Education gives knowledge and prepares our children for a better future.” – Chitra Subramanian, India

Student (and parent) confidence is the largest obstacle facing education. Far too often in a conversation with a student they say, ’My mom/dad was bad at math or science, so I won’t be any good at it either.’ I disagree. I fundamentally believe that all students can do anything they put their minds too.” – Jeff Charbonneau, USA

“It is… critical to treat teachers like the professionals we are. Allow us the flexibility and judgment to try new and innovative approaches to teaching kids. Administrators who help teachers reflect on their practice naturally encourage them to try new things.” – Dave Mendell, USA

“It is imperative that we focus less on the tool, and more on the instructional intention of the tool. Technology should be used to create authentic, transformative learning.” – Andrew Miller, USA

“I’d love to see the concepts of conservation and sustainability embedded into every curriculum and content area. It would drive personal and social responsibility in ways that would impact untold and future generations while propelling us to address the difficult issues the world must solve.” – Stephen J. Ritz, USA

The best opportunity for innovation in education is to ensure all students have access to a complete education that includes music and the fine arts…and also for general education teachers to use the arts as a tool to reach all students.” – Jaclyn Shea, USA

“There’s no reason middle school students can’t work on aerospace projects.” – Gladys Munoz, Puerto Rico