- The word “project” is not a happy word. When I say project-based learning, most students grimace as they imagine prescribed PowerPoints.
- If a teacher doesn’t plan it, it’s not learning.
- If there isn’t a test, it wasn’t real.
- Their personal interests cannot inform their learning. Learning is sterile, and the actual usage of the word “learning,” to them, is quite different from what a professional might consider learning.
For my students, learning is definitely something the teacher ‘makes’ you do. The move to inquiry this year was rough. Student push back was hard to take and shook my confidence regularly. I will never forget the day when one student in grade 10 called my course “slack”.
Writing these stories has helped me get better at writing down my full thoughts. Writing these stories has changed the way my mind works. Writing these stories has changed me as a person.