What's Wrong with Project Learning? Related Tags: Project-Based Learning More Related Discussions Carl Bidleman , Edutopia TV News Syndicator Posted 10/15/2009 3:17PM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 20 Shares 44 1461 Views I'm not a teacher but, as a teaching/learning method, PBL seems like a no-brainer to me. Since it's not universally accepted and deployed, what are the downsides that I'm missing? Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 44 Share Comments (44)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Posted 10/18/2009 8:11pm Alice MercerElementary Computer Lab Teacher Why, oh why does PBL fail, when so many studies tell us it's a good idea, and it more closely reflects how work is done among grownups in our jobs? Early discouragement: Many teachers will try this, but give up shortly after starting. The class may get out of control, or kids may slack off, or something just "bad" happens. The best way to fight this? - Teach kids explicitly the rules and expectations in their groups - Spend time observing in the early stages, but don't settle all conflicts, instead direct student in how to resolve it themselves. - Speak to others doing PBL at your site and/or online - Reflect on what's going on, think about how to improve it - Do not let one bad day or some bad days at the start get in the way Teachers feel like more learning sticks if it is presented to students explicitly by someone who knows what they are talking about, ignoring that even though your delivery maybe "clear", what students hear may not be. I think this post about independent work time, which has similar management issues to running a PBL classroom, illustrates how and why some teachers will avoid doing this. Sign in to vote! Posted 10/19/2009 5:26pm Malaika Costello-DoughertyFormer senior editor at Edutopia. Hi Alice, I'm really interested in reading the studies that back up PBL. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I agree that PBL just seems too hard for some teachers at first glance. They have to give up some control over the classroom, and it's hard to do something unconventional when tests are looming. It's great to get practical tips like the type you've provided. Thanks, Malaika Sign in to vote! Posted 10/20/2009 9:57am Alice MercerElementary Computer Lab Teacher Can you give me until the weekend? We had a some in a recent grant application. Sign in to vote! Posted 10/20/2009 3:44pm Malaika Costello-DoughertyFormer senior editor at Edutopia. No problem! I'm looking forward to your response. Sign in to vote! blog Collaboration: Key to InnovationLast comment 4 days 2 hours ago in Project-Based Learning blog 5 PBL Best Practices for Redefining the Teacher's RoleLast comment 1 week 16 hours ago in Project-Based Learning blog PBL Pilot: Navigating Group WorkLast comment 1 day 3 hours ago in Collaborative Learning blog Social Justice: A Whole-School ApproachLast comment 3 weeks 9 hours ago in Service Learning Discussion Is Your Classroom an Active Democracy?Last comment 2 weeks 1 day ago in Project-Based Learning Sign in to comment. Not a member? Register. Sign in using social networks Or sign in here: Email address * Password * Forgot your password?