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.
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Telannia (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):
- Share with us your educational background and experience.
- How did you become interested in PBL?
- How do you set up a PBL lesson with your students? How do you prepare your students’ parents?
- Describe your favorite PBL lesson progression.
- How do you assess learning through the PBL process?
- How do you identify people in the community to get involved in the process? What is their role?
- How does using PBL and involving the community in the learning process affect student learning and engagement?
- What advice would you give to teachers looking to implement PBL?
- How may times a year do you implement a PBL lesson?