According to Grow the Enginering.co, “Experience-based learning is so effective because it helps establish lasting behavior change. How? Rather than simply understanding a new subject or gaining a skill, we develop new habits and behaviors.” Experiential learning is very helpful for students to grasp and understand a concept or theory better. Most of these exercises are hands on activities that connect with what students have been learning in class.
When these type of activities are going on in the class rooms its very important for teachers to very involved in not only the activity but also the instructions that go into the activity. Many times when teachers are doing hands on activities they will separate the class into partners and groups. This is effective because it gives students time to be creative and work on their own while also having a teachers guidance. Check out this cortical for a more in depth definition Best Practices in Experiential Learning.
Many different types of things can be considered experiential learning. When I was in elementary school we went on many field trips. We went to the Air Force base and learned how to make rockets after studying space in class. We went to the Journey museum after learning about native american culture, and we even went on hikes after studying nature and plants.
Things like science projects, take home class dioramas, and even classes like home economics and tech ed are considered experiential learning. These students are taking things they are learning about in class and doing hands on work that are connected with them. When students learn through experience like this they are making personal connections to what they are learning about and it is more likely to be something they remember.
This is a very easy and good concept to use in class. With technology headed the way it has been for the last 30 years there should be no reasons not to use these types of teachings in the classroom. Online sites can take us through museum trips, hands on interactions for the class on almost any subject, and we can even create games and activities for our students online.
Experiential learning is very important in the education of children. The more experience they can gain in the academic world the more prepared and the more experience they will have in they’re real lives when they are done with school. It helps students gain a better understanding of what they are learning as well as giving them another different way of learning things. Aristotle once said, “for the things we have to learn before we can do them we learn while doing them.”
Overall if we take this learning into the class room we will hep our students better understand what they are learning. Though not everyone will gain the same amount of knowledge from these hands on activities, everyone should gain experience and something from the activities.