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.

Joel Backon

Joel Backon is the Editor of Intrepid Ed News, responsible for all educator content on the website. He joined the OESIS Network as Vice-President from Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) where for 27 years he held key roles in Information Technology, Academic Technology, classroom teacher, curriculum designer, and roles in academic and student advising. Joel leads the online and professional development initiatives through the Intrepid Ed News website and a variety of other platforms. He has been an OESIS Network Leader since 2015.

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