Making the Shift to a PBL Teacher: Why It’s a Social Emotional Learning Journey

Joel Backon and Thom Markham discuss a key question facing many educators: How do you make the shift to becoming a PBL teacher? Thom offers an unexpected explanation; it’s about you and your journey as a person, not just as an educator. He discusses five social emotional strengths that will help you take the leap into PBL: trust, openness, flexibility, curiosity, and courage.

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Joel Backon

Joel Backon has been the Editor of Intrepid Ed News since its inception in January 2021, responsible for all educator content on the website. He joined the OESIS Network, owner of Intrepid, in 2019 as Vice President. Joel spent much of his career at Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) where for 27 years he held founding roles in Information and Academic Technology, as well as being a classroom teacher, curriculum designer, coach, dorm head, and student adviser. Prior to Choate, Joel spent 15 years in the printing and publishing industry educating printers on how to maximize their strengths and minimize weaknesses. He has crusaded to achieve consensus on the question of why we educate kids in an effort to meet the learning needs of every student.