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PBL Frustration!

PBL Frustration!

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Hi All, I'm so frustrated right now! My school is brand new and is an all-PBL School. Sure, we have classes, but our classes are designed around PBL, so the idea is that I'll always have students working on projects with me, and I'm there to facilitate and guide them (particularly through the mathematical portions, since I am a math teacher). I'm just so frustrated with my students! I've attempted 2 projects with my Algebra 2 students (The Great Debate: Which Cell Carrier is really best? and The Rocketeers: Real life PBL & The RocketBoys). and I'm in the middle of my 2nd project with Geometry (Building Bridges was first, and now we are doing ProjectHOME). Some of these projects have been designed by myself and my colleagues with whom I integrated the projects,and some, like the ProjectHOME that I'm working on now, come from bie.org. My frustration is that my students aren't engaging. They are whining and asking for a test and asking for a lecture and notes, etc. I just can't seem to get the buy in (which seems silly since they knew when they registered at our school what our mission was!). Can anyone help me? Help them?

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