TeacherGoals Podcast Episode 37

How to Inspire Students with Project-Based Learning with Nancy Mikhail

It creates more of a classroom where the kids are actually thinking for themselves, which is what we really need to do as educators. We need to teach them how to think instead of what to think.

Nancy Mikhail
Educational Consultant 

Welcome to Episode 37 of the TeacherGoals Podcast.

In today's episode, we're going to talk about a teaching approach that's been gaining popularity in recent years - Project-Based Learning or PBL, for short.

Now, I know what you're thinking - "Projects? But I'm not an artist, I can't even draw a stick figure!" Well, fear not, my dear listener, because project-based learning is not about creating the Mona Lisa. It's about giving your students the freedom to explore their interests and passions, while also learning important skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration.

In this episode, we'll cover the basics of project-based learning, including how to:

  • Choose a topic that will inspire your students
  • Create a project that aligns with your learning objectives
  • Give students the freedom to explore and experiment
  • Provide guidance and feedback along the way

We'll also talk about some real-life examples of project-based learning in action.

So if you're ready to shake things up in your classroom and inspire your students in a whole new way, be sure to tune in to this episode of the Teacher Goals Podcast. And who knows, you might just discover your students' hidden talents - maybe one of them will be the next Picasso!

3 TeacherGoal Tips


Tip 1:

Start with a small project


Tip 2:
Create a note taking sheet that students can use to scaffold learning and help identify what to look for when researching


Tip 3:
Use the internet to research activities that might lead you to come up with a good, essential question

This Episode Features...

Nancy Mikhail

Nancy Mikhail is an Educational Coach and Curriculum Developer specializing in the creation and design of engaging pedagogy and active learning projects that excel beyond the requirements of California State Standards. Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at the California State University at Long Beach, and furthered her education by earning her Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University at Fullerton. 

Her experience within the education system ranges from preschool to twelfth grade. However, Nancy’s skills go above and beyond the classroom. She is the founder of a highly-esteemed project-based learning resource and educational consulting company. Nancy has taken her passion for teaching and education into after school programs, academic advising, and nonprofit organizations. She is an active participant and presenter in educational conferences and workshops. Her drive to progress and create a better educational system allows her to take the lead in building curriculum, especially within language strategies and guided reading. Literacy is a vital component of education and Nancy’s desire to increase student learning is evident within her teaching and career. 

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 20-year educator and co-author of the Eva the Diva Girl rhyming picture book series written with her daughter, to empower young girls to build confidence and grow in self-love. She is also the founder of Terryfic Learning Company, where she equips teachers with actionable tools and resources to start a profitable online business and build generational wealth without stress.  

You can find her hanging out on Instagram @ericanterry_

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