It's a dynamic learning approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.
Opportunity for Creativity
In the “real world,” problems often have more than one solution, and “two heads are better than one.” Experiential learning enables the student to engage the creative portions of their brains and seek their own unique and most fulfilling solution to a hands-on task. This creativity, and the variety of results produced, enriches the classroom.
Prepare Students for Real Life
Our students work in groups. Through these team projects, students learn to work more effectively together, developing a plan of action, and utilizing the unique qualities of each team member. In turn, the students learn real-life leadership skills, as well as how to apply critical thinking and adapt to changing circumstances.
Opportunity for Reflection
By incorporating concrete experiences with abstract concepts, and then reflecting on the outcome, students engage more regions of their brain and make true, personal connections with the material. They analyze how their actions affected the outcome, and how their outcome may have varied from other students’. This analysis helps them to better understand how the concepts learned can be applied to other varied circumstances.
Mistakes Become Valuable
Experiential learning involves trial and error. As students engage in hands-on tasks, they find that some approaches work better than others. They discard the methods that don’t work, but the act of trying something and then abandoning it – ordinarily considered a “mistake” – actually becomes a valuable part of the learning process. Thus, students learn not to fear mistakes, but to value them.
Inquiry-based learning is an open-ended approach to learning guided by students through questions, research, and/or curiosity.
Foster curiosity, ownership and a love of learning
When children are able to pose questions and investigate the answers, they feel in charge of their own learning. Inquiry-based approaches to learning harness this spirit of investigation, creating an interesting, engaging and meaningful curriculum that uses children’s interests and questions as a starting point for effective learning.