For some reason, project based learning makes me people feel defensive about learning fundamentals.
They think that by launching a project that genuinely engages students, that reading and writing will be ignored. As if meaningful projects that young people care about don’t incorporate reading or writing.
PBL and learning fundamentals are perfectly compatible.
PBL just says there’s a different entry point. Why not start with a project that’s exciting for young people? Then, once they care about their idea, THEN we layer in the fundamentals.