About a month ago I was chatting with a colleague who was inspired to implement project based learning (PBL) in her classroom, took it upon herself to do so, and her first attempt at it was a complete flop.
While talking with her about what took place, she mentioned how many bloggers and writers (including myself) spend a lot of time talking about what we should do, but we don’t always reveal the struggles we endured to arrive at our current belief system.
Although I’m sure there are countless reasons as to why we should be transparent about our trials and errors, there are a few that immediately come to mind:
- From my point of view, writing or talking about my past practices helps me to strategically reflect, which then informs what I’m currently doing.
- From the point of view of someone who is following in the footsteps of others (my colleague), it is often comforting to know what we’re enduring is “all part of the game” and comparable to what others have gone through, and not just exclusive to those “who don’t know what the heck they’re doing.”
That being said, here are 5 ways I screwed up (and fixed) project based learning in my classroom.
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