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Shane Burnett

Bribie Island SHS (QLD)

In Empowering Educators, inspiring Aussie teachers share how they build and nurture entrepreneurial mindsets in their classrooms. Here we ask Shane Burnett of Bribie Island SHS about his inspiration and how he creates creating authentic and connected learning experiences.

Q1. Can you give us three words (or phrases) that describe your life as an educator? 

Exciting. Connection. Progressive.

Q2: What’s one of the best learning experiences you’ve ever delivered?

One of the best learning experiences that I have delivered across my six years in education is the “1 Lesson Engineering Challenge” a lesson provided by StileApp which contextualises “real world learning”. This lesson allows students to Define, Brainstorm, Research, Design, Create, Test and Evaluate all in the space of a 70 minute lesson.  I have used this as a collaborative, imagination building task at the beginning, a reset or confirming task in the middle or consolidation/summary task at the end of a unit – it can fit anywhere and for many purposes!

Q3: What’s one book, website or podcast you’d recommend to educators keen to build the entrepreneurial mindsets of their students?

A website that I have come across since Covid times and have used in planning and preparation of units of work and learning experiences is https://www.instructables.com/.

This website is a fantastic place for an entrepreneur to explore what may already be out there in the “brainstorming community” and what could potentially be missing from the marketplace, an identified gap in the marketplace could be the next big thing for your students!

Meet this week’s Empowering Educator, Shane Burnett 

Hey guys! I’m Shane Burnett, an educator at Bribie Island SHS (60 minutes north of Brisbane CBD). My current role is in the learning areas of Business. STEM & Mathematics. I am passionate about lifelong and deep learning, building connections through engaging learning environments and the future of the education model as a whole.

I think we are definitely in a time and place in 2021 where we have the opportunity to become progressive in the learning of ourselves and our students.

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