Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning is the practice of learning through doing.  At SMYS we encourage students to have first-hand experiences with the materials, rather than learning through someone else’s experiences in a textbook or a lecture.  When your child is exposed to active learning, he or she begins to take independent steps to achieve a personal or collective goal with fellow classmates.

Benefits of Experiential Learning

1. Improved Attitudes Toward Learning

Experiential learning naturally engages the students’ emotions as well as enhancing their knowledge and skills. When students see the benefits of their work, they experience greater gratification, which enhances their passion for continued learning.

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2. Accelerated Learning

Your brain creates stronger neural connections when you practice a skill. We use hands-on activities which require practice, problem-solving and decision-making to help strengthen these connections. This process allows students to become more engaged in their learning, which improves retention and accelerates learning.

“Make it simple, but significant.” – Don Draper

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Benefits of Experiential Learning

3. Mistakes Become Valuable

Experiential learning involves trial by error. During hands-on tasks students find out that certain approaches may work and others do not. Students understand the value of productive failure, and learn not to fear mistakes but embrace them.

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