Curveballs and Catch 22s

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In an era where this is so much emphasis on clear and unambiguous assignments for students to allow for fair assessments, it is refreshing to see Michael McDowell discussing some of the benefits of teachers throwing curveballs to students in Project Based Learning. McDowell explains how teachers might make some changes in projects midway through the activities to allow students to practice their skills of adapting to changing circumstances. There is little doubt that many assessments fail to provide adequate information to allow them to be viewed by students as fair, but streamlining and simplifying learning tasks can also introduce a note of unreality, leaving students unprepared for the kind of assignments they may encounter beyond the school.

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