Experiential learning resources for the innovative educator
Give your Students the Gift of Experiential Learning this Holiday Season with Experiential Learning Depot
Happy holidays, everyone! A couple of notes:
1) This website is no longer Classroom Unbound. I've changed it to Experiential Learning Depot to streamline my brand. Now you can find this blog at experientiallearingdepot.com instead of classroomunbound.weebly.com. I'm still ironing out the technical details a bit. If you don't see a change yet, just wait for it!
2) I'm having a cyber Monday and Tuesday sale at my TpT (Nov 26-27.) All store products will be 20% off. Check out the bundles, Project Based Learning Bundle and Vice News Series Bundle, for additional savings. If you've been spying on these products and have been unsure if you've wanted to make the investment, now is your time. Check it out at Experiential Learning Depot.
I changed the name of my blog for a couple reasons: 1) to streamline my brand, 2) to better represent my teaching philosophy and skills. I love the name "Classroom Unbound" for this blog because it promotes learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Experiential Learning Depot, however, promotes experiential learning, which is so much more than that. Experiential learning can be anything that fosters hands-on learning, critical thinking, student choice and voice. It essentially gives students the opportunity to learn through active experience, regardless of whether that experience is in the school or out in the world. That includes project-based learning, problem-based learning, inquiry, experimentation, speakers, "sparks", field trips, exhibition nights, and more.
I stumbled across an article this morning and wanted to share it with you all. It is the epitome of on-site experiential learning. To summarize, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s 4-H program is putting on a holiday shopping event. Students (ages 5-18) have hand created holiday gifts using upcycled materials, and are hosting a community event at which they will sell their crafts. Each student's sale item is different, from spices, to home decor, to clothing.
This event is a concept that goes from a simple activity (upcycling) to a profound, deep learning experience. Students not only learn how to hand-make a craft item, they also learn planning, organizing, what needs there are in the community and how best to meet those need. They learn about marketing and design by participating in the creation and distribution of promotional materials. They create networking opportunities within the community. This educational strategy is what I write about, both in my blog and the products I create in my TpT store, Experiential Learning Depot. I have done very similar learning activities with my own students. For more details on this article, click here.
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To provide innovative educational resources for educators, parents, and students, that go beyond lecture and worksheets.
Sara Segar, experiential life-science educator and advisor, curriculum writer, and mother of two.