This article (below) was first published in English in Aotearoa, issue #97. It is published again here with the editor's kind permission.
While this article was written to target English teachers, the key thing I'd like to point out, is that any teacher from any subject speciality can be a Project Based Learning teacher.
Above all else, we are ALL teachers of learning.
Utilising your own skills and talents as a PBL coach or teacher makes perfect sense, but...
YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW ALL THINGS ABOUT ALL SUBJECTS
to work in this way.
Your students can learn a lot from a wide variety of other people / experts in their fields / youtube tutorials / research etc. What they will need you for, is to guide them in the variety of methods they can use to access knowledge or skills they might need. That is where your experience as a leader of learning in your school is vital.
Amy-Lee Budd is the new Coach for the Launch course at OGHS. Together with the students we will blog about our learning journey in 2020. Previously, Launch has been coached by Rowan Taigel who is now Director at www.whatifpld.com