Learning is a messy process -- and authentic, project-based learning immerses us in unique parts of this mess. There are days when my check-ins with students reveal that many young people are lost or unclear about how to proceed with the early stages of a project.
"What topic are you going to focus on?" I ask Keith as I kneel down next him.
"I can’t decide. I’m stuck," he mumbles, leaning forward and staring straight into his computer screen as he talks.