Jena Turner


Junior High School English


Jena Turner, Seneca Junior High School seventh grade English teacher, is certain Project Based Learning (PBL) is an important aspect to education because it’s “an approach that engages students to think about a problem and think critically on ways to solve it.

“It gives students voice and choice. Instead of a traditional learning environment, PBL creates a very organic classroom. It allows the students to direct the learning with creative solutions and inquiries about an issue, with us (teachers) as facilitators.”

Turner says what she finds most gratifying about teaching PBL is “when students come up with innovative solutions to real-world problems.

“I enjoy seeing students successfully collaborate, ask questions, develop communication skills and help one another. They find strengths within themselves and each other, while working on the PBL.”