Experiential Educator Feature
What does experiential learning mean to you?
Providing authentic experiences to engage participants in communities of practice.
Why is experiential learning a priority for you?
As a teacher educator I am charged with preparing the next generation of teachers. In doing so, I must provide teacher candidates opportunities to work in real classroom alongside master teachers.
How do your students benefit from experiential learning?
They benefit from “learning by doing” rather than reading information from a text. Students become quite reflective and good problem solvers when they share their experiences with classmates, or with their host teachers.
What's the most challenging part of being an #ExperientialEducator? (coordinating/delivering an experiential learning curriculum to students)
There are several that come to mind: finding the right environment that supports students’ learning outcomes, communication among partners, developing policies.
What skills do your students use when engaged in experiential learning?
Strong communication skills, taking initiative, and developing empathy.
What advice do you have for faculty and institutions considering experiential learning?
Start small, define your mission, find the right partner, and build trust among stakeholders.