Today was a hard day. I’m not proud of it, but I’m not too ashamed to admit it either. Sometimes you go out on a limb to try and do something engaging with and for students and it falls flat in a big way.
Today was one of those days.
I had hoped that my students would be ready to embrace PBL and claim some independence – to follow something that interests them and engages them. But instead the opportunity and excitement dwindles unused. I really really want PBL to work in my classroom, but so far it has come off half-baked and I can’t help but be skeptical that they have really learned anything. Maybe I’m being too ambitious, or maybe I just can’t see the forest for the trees. I know in my mind that it’ll take time for them to get used to this style of learning, and it’ll take time for me to be able to let go. But right now, in my heart, I can’t help but feel like it’s tanking.
Hopefully tomorrow will be better!