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The typical style of teaching is often teacher-centric; that is, lessons revolve around a teacher’s knowledge and guidance. However, more and more children are demonstrating that this method of teaching is not effective as they become distracted, disengaged, or disinterested in the material. Through experiential learning, teachers can help encourage students to involve themselves with the material and recapture their attention.

 

Experience

Flat lectures are outdated. Speaking at a group of students will likely amount to low retention and engagement. Experiential learning is used to help students learn material and apply it through experiences. Involving children in the learning process allows them to more easily engage with concepts and ideas; it also grants them a feeling of control in their own education. The flexibility associated with experiential learning may scare some educators who are accustomed to the rigidity of traditional schooling, but allowing students to learn at their own pace and engage with material in unique ways proves to be more productive overall.

 

Attitude

When students do not understand material, they may become frustrated or disengaged; if the teacher does not strive to help them understand, the student may abandon the pursuit of knowledge altogether. Ensuring that instructors maintain a judgment-free environment where wrong answers (if they exist) are presented as learning opportunities rather than failures. Remember that the goal is to learn and discover, not to punish.

 

Models

Experiential learning is built upon the idea of having students learn by doing. A teacher in an experiential classroom has a different, but still important, role to play. Rather than simply educator, they are more of a facilitator and guide. Experiential learning is primarily experienced through self-teaching; it is the educator’s job to find connecting points between the material and the individual to help promote engagement and discovery.

 

Activities

Using hands-on experiments and interactive assignments is one way to implement experiential learning into your classroom. Such things are potentially more feasible in tangible subjects like natural science, but you can find ways to integrate experiential learning methods into your lessons. You might consider playing dice games with young children to facilitate a mathematics education, and word games like Antakshari can be useful in language learning.

 

By providing alternative means of educating children, you can effectively make the learning process more enjoyable and productive. Experiential learning can provide a suitable alternative to the structured lessons of traditional schooling; even if replacing your curriculum isn’t on your agenda, supplemental some experiential activities into your lesson plans could be beneficial for the students who are easily distracted or seem uninterested in school.