How Districts Help Teachers See Stepping Stones to Project Based Teaching

One of the questions I sometimes get after working with a school district partner for a little while is, "Why do some of our teachers see a project as just something to check off the list?” This question arises for many reasons. Teachers may feel they don’t have time to plan and conduct more than one project. They may think doing one project is enough for their students, that they had chance to practice some 21st century success skills and that’s enough. Or, they may feel they have done what they were asked to do, but aren’t completely “sold” on PBL. Basically, PBL has not yet become part of the culture of the school.