Years ago, I decided to convert my boring traditional middle school classroom into a vibrant, student-centered, project-based learning environment. This was a monstrous undertaking that added a lot of stress to an already stress-filled job.
In spite of years of hard work and frustration, I stuck with PBL, because I knew it was best for engaging my students and helping them become independent learners.
What made creating real PBL experiences challenging was teaching kids to work efficiently on their own and understanding how to properly assess learning without traditional tests and quizzes.
I muddled through, using trial and error because back then there was no go-to blueprint for teaching PBL and inquiry.