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April 12, 2022

S2 28.0 Leadership and Learning

Learn ways to engage your students in leading their project-based learning. Courtney Miles shares with listeners creative ideas for helping students develop language and leadership skills through student-led projects. She explains ways to discover their expertise, follow their lead, create safe spaces, change roles, and give students a platform.


Project-based learning is a technique many of us use to help students have a purpose and real-use application of their language skills. Yet, have you thought of how to engage your students in these types of projects? Listen as Courtney shares her ideas for discovering student interests; creating a safe space; and giving students leadership roles while designing and producing their projects. Courtney Miles shares with listeners creative ideas for helping students develop language and leadership skills through student-led projects. She explains ways to discover their expertise, follow their lead, create safe spaces, change roles, and give students a platform. 

Courtney has led project-based learning activities virtually with students of all ages (elementary to adult) in Bahrain. She uses social media tools to facilitate sharing projects and giving feedback. These tips can be adapted whether teaching virtually or face-to-face.

Courtney's Project-Based Learning Teaching Tips

  1. Find out what your students are experts at
  2. Follow their lead as experts
  3. Create safe spaces for feedback and for their voices to be heard
  4. Change leadership roles
  5. Give students a platform

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Courtney Miles

Teacher

I am a global educator, aspiring polyglot, and bridge builder. I currently work with students throughout countries in the Middle East and North Africa teaching language and leadership as a language fellow with the Embassy of Bahrain. I am passionate about education, equity, social justice, and global collaborations. I strive to learn with my students as they pursue their goals.
I grew up in Florida ☀️ and for as long as I can remember I wanted to live in other countries. I loved the beauty that various perspectives brought into my world and I still want to spend my life learning from new environments and people.
As I began to intently study language and spend more time meeting new people, I desired to be a bridge between the groups I was meeting and learning from. New ideas came from this vision including a blog that would highlight the assets of people, an English class for leaders with curriculum focused on strength-finding over problem solving, and an online discussion group that would connect people across the globe. Coming together with individuals that fill in my gaps with their expertises, has taught me not to accept stagnation but to remain open to what everyday has to teach.