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Experiential Learning Beyond the Text Books and Classroom

Author : Arpita Acharya, Vice Principal, Blue Bells Public School Haryana

Arpita Acharya

Arpita Acharya, Vice Principal Blue Bells Public School Haryana

"Why do we have to study all this?" Those who engage with school students would have been confronted with this question several times. Sometimes, we attempt to logically explain to them the connections between different subjects. Other times, we will get to know it by and by.

Studying does overwhelm students at times. Many of them are able to stick to the task and keep aside the confusions. Many others just need to figure things out before they can motivate themselves to put their energies into the task.

Not just student motivation, connections to real life experiences and aspirations also are important for internalizing what one learns at school. In the absence of concrete experiences to relate with, the knowledge keeps slipping. Moreover, the learning is possibly not available when students are faced with real-life situations.

Learning should no longer be restricted just to the classroom and students must venture outdoors to learn how to connect with their environment.


So what can be done to establish these connections early on? The school curricula should be programmed around experiential learning. In other words, students should be learning by doing and not by just reading the information.

I feel very strongly that we need to take advantage of every opportunity to develop "real" understanding not simply looking for rote methods for marks-oriented education, which offer nothing more than mundane practice of abstract ideas. Learning should no longer be restricted just to the classroom and students must venture outdoors to learn how to connect with their environment.

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