Gone are the days when the children would learn different subjects such as Science or Social Science (to name just 2) with the help of colourful diagrams, pie charts, drawings, models etc. This is the 21st century generation who want to explore, quench their thirst for knowledge by engaging themselves in hands on activities and experiencing the concept on their own.
We all have heard of Experiential Learning, but what do we mean by this:
It is a learning that is based on students being directly involved in a learning experience rather than being a recipient of readymade content of lectures. This kind of experiential learning is probably what Benjamin Franklin had in mind in the eighteenth century when he wrote, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I will learn.”
With this kind of learning the learners have a ‘concrete experience’; they are able to make observations and reflections based on that experience, the same observations and reflections are synthesized into a new conceptual understanding and interpretation of the experience. This conceptual understanding is applied and is used to guide new and purposeful experiences.
Hands on experience about anything in particular is a mode through which a child can understand the concepts better. For example a Galaxy wing child making lemonade on his own with the help of the teacher and tasting it, would understand why he is told that lemonade is healthier than a coke.
Another example is about the field trip of grade 8 children to understand the different layers of soil, wherein the children dug the soil with the help of the farmer, saw the different layers on their own and felt the texture of the layers. Probably, even some time later when we talk about the layers of soil, the children would be able to relate the same with their experience at the farm.
I can conclude by saying that Experiential Learning is the learning for the 21st century generation which would have benefits in the long run, giving our young scholars a deeper insight of the concept followed by long lasting learning.
Shalom Presidency School