by Thom Markham
"An unfortunate legacy of the cognitive model that dominates education is the belief that everything important in life takes place from the neck up. This belief is the primary reason that many teachers struggle with project-based learning (PBL). At its best, PBL taps into intangibles that make learning effortless and engaging: Drive, passion, purpose, and peak performance. But peak performance doesn't start with a standardized curriculum.
"Outside of education, the success of PBL is no mystery. Over three decades, the field of human performance -- blending findings from organizational psychology, positive psychology, and emotional intelligence -- has identified the core factors that maximize individual effort and the desire to achieve. Most important for educators, these same findings hold true for research in youth development, adolescent mental health, developmental psychology, and social-emotional learning (SEL)."