I just finished a three-day project-based learning (PBL) workshop with the Buck Institute's Joann Bentegroh (@joannbentegroh). I have, since the very early years of my teaching, been fairly project-based and I was eager to learn more. I was especially interested in receiving training from the Buck Institute who is widely acknowledged as an organization who leads educators toward the gold standard in project-based learning. I was not especially interested in giving up the real last week of summer on the Cape (I always return the week before school starts for classroom set up, etc.) for this training. Just being honest. In hindsight, it was 100% worth it. How often can we actually say that...about anything?
I think there are three major reasons why it was worth it.