Experiential learning (EL) is the process of *learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing”.
Experiential learning entails a hands-on approach to learning that moves away from just the teacher at the front of the room imparting and transferring their knowledge to students. It makes learning an experience that moves beyond the textbook and strives to bring a more involved way of learning.
Benefits of Experiential Learning
# Students can better grasp concepts.
# Students have the opportunity to be more creative.
# Students have the opportunity to reflect.
# Student’s mistakes become valuable experiences.
# Teachers often observe improved attitudes toward learning.
Experiential Learning at MSMS
We at MSMS strive to provide our students the real life experience in the form of various activities such as-
- Field Trips – such as Traffic Training Park, zoo, Gurudwara, Fire Station, Railway Museum, Doll’s Museum, National Science Museum, Children’s Park etc.
- Nature Walks – Exploring the surroundings like garden, playground, medical room etc. and interacting with their care takers.
- Interviewing people from different professions with a view to imbibe dignity of labour and equality of respect for all occupations.
- Maintaining Health & Hygiene – Movie shows, a celebration of various days eg- Global Hand Washing Day, showing related videos like steps of brushing teeth etc.
- Classroom Speaking Activities based on current and relevant topics. For an eg odd-even rule, Abolition of Article 370, 150 years of Gandhi Ji’s birthday, Centenary celebration of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre etc.
- Promoting Secularism by celebrating festivals of all religions.
- Sustainable Development – To pass on the importance and value of resources to next generation activities like Tree plantation drive, awareness about new and eco-friendly products, ways of waste reduction are taken up in classes.
- Follow up activities based on “real life experiences” such as writing diary entries, reports, descriptive paragraphs and letters etc are done.
- Inculcating the skills young learners to play the societal rules of efficiently and effectively, various activities are done related to observation, empathy, sympathy, critical thinking and decision making.
- Teaching the students to deal with real life situations by role-plays and dramatization activities like mock drills, market scenes, road scenes and emergency situations etc. are done in the classrooms.