One of the most common misconceptions I hear about Project-Based Learning is that students are working on open-ended and unstructured projects all day, every day. And it's chaos.
Actually, it's not.
At least not all the time. 🤪
There is still room for "traditional teaching" in Project-Based Learning. Teacher-led instruction can be relevant and an important part of the process. There can even be <GASP> lectures! Yes, I said it!
So, how does that work in Project-Based Learning?
"Traditional teaching" is not a contradiction to PBL as long as we ask ourselves:
-WHY are we teaching the content?
-WHEN is it relevant to students?
-HOW are students actively engaging with the material?
Here are some principles to guide lesson design when using Project-Based Learning.