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Episode 001: Interview with Telannia Norfar

Mrs. Telannia Norfar is a high school math teacher at Northwest Classen in Oklahoma City Public Schools. She is Northwest Classen’s Teacher of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year, works to organize EdCampOKC, is the recipient of the presidential award for excellence in mathematics and science teaching, was recently featured in the Oklahoma Gazette, and is the upcoming president of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Telannia is amazing and one of the things she is nationally known for is Project Based Learning (PBL). So I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting with her about PBL and how it works in her math classroom.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions for Telannia you can find her on twitter @thnorfar or check out her blog PBL Birdside View

Below are the questions I prepared to ask Telannia (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):

  1. Share with us your educational background and experience.
  2. How did you become interested in PBL?
  3. How do you set up a PBL lesson with your students? How do you prepare your students’ parents?
  4. Describe your favorite PBL lesson progression.
  5. How do you assess learning through the PBL process?
  6. How do you identify people in the community to get involved in the process? What is their role?
  7. How does using PBL and involving the community in the learning process affect student learning and engagement?
  8. What advice would you give to teachers looking to implement PBL?
  9. How may times a year do you implement a PBL lesson?

My First Podcast

Thanks for joining me! For some time now I have been planning a podcast. Well, I think I am finally ready to share out what I have been working on.cropped-passing-notes-1500-5.jpg

I will be releasing two episodes a month focused on anything and everything education.

My vision is to interview educators about the great things happening in their classroom, focusing in on how they got started, their missteps along the way, and their practical advice to starting something new.

At this point, I hope that it is good and informative. Any and all feedback, suggestions, and ideas are welcomed.

The mission of Passing Notes is to support, inform, and encourage educators.