“Experiential learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combinations of grasping and transforming the experience." - David Kolb
The world is growing in terms of knowledge and innovations. Everything is evolving, and in order to be able to keep up with the changes, children need to become logical and analytical thinkers rather than relying on their rote memory. Which is why Excelsior American School believes in seamlessly practicing experiential learning methodologies, within the four walls of the classroom and beyond. Experiential learning helps in bridging the gap between theoretical and practical learning.
Here are some reasons why experiential learning is really necessary for today’s students:
Students tend to become more creative: Experiential learning is a great technique to teach creative problem-solving. When students work with real-world case content, they learn that there are multiple solutions to challenges. Hence, they also learn to seek their own unique and innovative solution to various tasks.
Students can grasp concepts more effectively: When students are taught theories, they may struggle to grasp these concepts. But with experiential learning, students are given the opportunity to apply data and ideas in a real-world situation wherein they get an opportunity to play an active role. As they interact with the information, it becomes real and understandable to them.
It keeps students engaged and increases participation: As the key focus will be on learning from experiences, there is a chance that students will be coming together in groups so that they can learn from each other. Additionally, with multiple students getting involved in problem-solving, a spirit of participation and ownership will be inculcated.
Leads to development of skills for lifelong learning: After all, learning isn’t meant to just end in school, knowledge is endless and so should be learning. Experiential learning leads to lifelong learning by assisting in the acquisition of essential skills and encouraging students to think, conceptualize, and strategize for the steps ahead.
Indeed, ‘learning by doing’ empowers students, and shapes to move towards the trajectory of growth and excellence. Excelsior American School follows a solid international curriculum (Montessori, Cambridge, IGCSE and IBDP) which enables students to become self-inspired learners.
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