Project-Based Learning Too Hard for Teachers?
Mar 12, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I dont see why project based learning should be so hard. I did a lot of projects during the course of my own education, and they were a lot harder for me as a student than they ever were for the teachers (who learned pretty quickly that all they had to do was to steer me in the right direction and set me free) - did I mention that much of my education was all that progressive nonsense with electives and projects and the rest (except for grade 12 English, which was a disaster). Total: 275
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Re: Project-Based Learning Too Hard for Teachers?

Perhaps because
a: You got into all the projects you were given, even if initially it didn't seem that interesting ... you could figure a way to make a project on SomeTopicYouWerent'InterstedIn, into one you could get into.
b: (especially given you said your schools were quite progressive) - maybe the teachers didn't have the same pressure from above to ensure that everyone could do "x", rather than to instill a love (or at least reasonable tolerance!) of learning in all children. [Comment] [Permalink]

Re: Project-Based Learning Too Hard for Teachers?

And you were probably on your own, or you did all the work and everyone else on the project leaned back and let your earn the grade for them. [Comment] [Permalink]

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