Donna Lee Fields, PhD
Donna Fields, originally from New York City, became a teacher in New Mexico, a decade later considered returning home, but took a bit of a detour on the plane back – to Spain – and more than 20 years later is still there. She has been a primary teacher, Secondary and University teacher, gives workshops on empowering students in their own learning, is an author of books on dynamic activities to help content and language learners transition more. fluidly into new information, and has a series of books on creating Phenomenon-Based Learning projects – what is now becoming mandatory in many countries in Europe. She lives in Valencia with one house on the beach and another in the mountains, with a dog, six wild cats from the hills and is extremely happy.
How do we engage our students in their own learning and create an organic learning environment in which they look forward to entering every day? Bringing the world around us into the classroom – phenomena – and going out into the world, makes learning relevant and exciting. These are the steps to design projects around your children’s and your students’ interests so that they learn the joys of digging deeper, seeing things from different angles, and ultimately becoming comfortable in multi-cultural situations.