Authenticity: How to Move Projects from Engaging to Empowering

In my work with schools that are implementing Project Based Learning, I often hear teachers and leaders ask, “How authentic is our PBL?”. At the root of this question is the nebulousness of the term. “Authentic Learning” is one of those terms that gets tossed around a lot in education. In order for us to make discussions around authenticity a bit more concrete, we have to answer a few critical questions:

  • What does “authenticity” mean? 
  • In what ways can a project be authentic?
  • Just how “authentic” are our PBL units?

Kiffany Lychock March 5, 2019