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What are some potential criticisms that you might receive from administrators, parents, and colleagues?

When the traditional teaching method is the norm, there may be several criticisms and concerns about PBL.  When the teacher takes on more of a facilitator approach instead of direct instruction, it may not always be viewed as positive.  There may be a concern about meeting the standards and what gains are actually made with PBL.  They may question if students will perform well on standardized tests with the use of PBL.  Another concern may be time.  It not only takes a lot of time to develop an effective PBL project, but it also takes time to implement it.  Many PBL projects use group work and there may be some concern over the willingness and ability to work in a group setting.

How will you respond to those criticisms?

The best way to respond to criticism is with proven data.  If gains are being made and standards are being taught, it will show.  Invite administrators, parents, and colleagues in so they can observe.  Show the well thought out plans that go into a PBL project.  It will provide anyone with concerns a great map and overview of the entire project.  Again, data seems the best way to show the results of using PBL.  It is hard to argue with data.

What rationale can you give for incorporating PBL into your repertoire of effective instructional strategies?

PBL is engaging, hands on, and improves student learning.  PBL provides students with an opportunity to learn 21st century skills that will help build skills for college, career, and life.  PBL builds connections between students, their community, and the real world.  What teacher wouldn’t want this?  PBL will definitely remain in my repertoire of effective instructional strategies.

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