The Heritage School experiential learning approach is aimed at ensuring that learning has an authentic purpose, is engaging and instrumental in helping students address complex problems and find meaningful solutions. Experiential learning accelerates learning since ‘learning by doing’ helps to develop vital skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and effective decision-making simultaneously, and aids retention. Such an enabling environment provides equal opportunities for collaboration and each child’s contribution is valued. It has four components:
children learn best by doing
This hands-on approach enables them to grapple with a problem, issue or concept using all their senses. The learning experience thus becomes multi- dimensional and an internal, cognitive, sensory and emotional process. This engagement leads the children to the second stage.
children examine their learning
The second step sees children examine their learning critically and creatively. Through sustained inquiry, they are able to probe further into the problem, concept or task at hand. This takes the child onto the third stage.
seeking answers to questions
After having experienced and reflected upon a problem, the mind seeks answers via the dialogic approach. Dialogue helps the child to see the bigger picture, think outside the box, and engage collaboratively with others. It helps to focus on individual and interpersonal learning outcomes.
the child arrives at her destination
After having had meaningful experiences, followed by reflection and dialogue, the child arrives at her destination, a richer and more fulfilled being. This helps the child to think and act independently. It manifests itself not only in terms of grades or marks but also real and meaningful understanding.