Director of Professional Development
Austin, Texas, USA
Working with bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the small Texas town where President Lyndon Baines Johnson once taught transformed Miguel Guhlin’s views on education. But it was when Guhlin started sharing his teaching experiences with others that he truly found his calling.
“When I moved to East Texas, I began to write about what my students and I were doing, then share it online via the Texas Education Network (TENET),” Guhlin explains. “As a TENET Master Trainer, I found myself coaching others on how to integrate technology into teaching, learning and leading. These experiences encouraged me to learn, teach, reflect and share.”
Eventually, this Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert turned to blogging to share his learning as it was happening, and he’s been writing about it ever since. A big part of Guhlin’s approach involves problem-based learning. Each lesson he creates blends technology into PBL approaches in ways that are hands-on, require collaboration – both in the classroom and around the globe – and result in multimedia creations.
“Every day, we face challenging problems that require us to collaborate and connect with others,” Guhlin tells us. “Engaging students, whether K-12 or adult learners, in real life, inquiry-based problems (a la problem-based learning) empowers them to become the protagonists in their story.”
Guhlin’s commitment is to help fellow teachers understand that the work they do every day has value and meaning.
“They have only to share it, and to seize tools that will make their work — and that of their students — known to others,” he explains. “That is the definition of ‘publish,’ to make known one’s work. It facilitates a learning conversation that speeds learning.”
Connect with Miguel on his Microsoft Educator Community Profile or his blog, and be sure to check out his OneNote Online notebooks for sharing ideas and resources with educators and curated Minecraft: Education Edition content.
About Miguel Guhlin
- Educational background: Master’s Degree
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: OneNote
- Website I check every day: Twitter
- Favorite childhood memory: Swimming in the ocean.
- Favorite book: Crucial Conversations
- Best advice you have ever received: “Brevity is the soul of wit. Be brief.”