Observing high school senior project experiences and their outcomes has been one of the highlights of my career as an educator. The benefits of high school senior project experiences are out of this world.
I have witnessed and been a part of implementing a variety of senior project styles, so through a lot of trial and error, have developed a comprehensive senior experience that incorporates the best parts of each of those senior project varieties.
High school senior projects are a powerful and life-changing way to send your high schoolers off into the world of college, careers, and adulthood. But what do you do? How do you start? What is a powerful high school senior project example?
This post highlights examples of some life-changing high school senior projects done by my own students. I hope they can at least offer some ideas and inspiration for senior projects with your own students.
Community action projects have become a go-to experiential learning activity in my high school classroom.
I started implementing action projects for a variety of reasons. They get students involved in deep and meaningful learning by acting on community issues that matter to them. They learn because they're invested, and they've invested because they care about the issues.
But what is a community action project and what are some ideas for action projects in your classroom, homeschool, or beyond?
One of the most important elements of experiential education is the authenticity of every learning experience.
The content and the approach should be real-world, relevant, and personally meaningful to students. One way to incorporate authenticity is through problem-based learning.
But what is problem-based learning and what does it look like in a classroom or homeschool setting? What are some problem-based learning examples? Start here.
Inquiry-based learning is essential for 21st-century learners. But what's inquiry-based learning, why is it so important, and how can you get started incorporating inquiry into your classroom or homeschool learning environment today? Let's go!
I love a good summer maker project! At the beginning of the design thinking process, sometimes kids need a little scaffolding. This blog post offers you and your kids 25 maker project ideas for the summer months!
Keep kids engaged and practicing awesome life skills all summer long!
A while ago I came across a webinar on EdWeb about design thinking in the classroom. I was instantly hooked on the goal of bringing design thinking into my classroom experience.
What is design thinking in education? What does it look like in a classroom? This blog post walks you through the steps using a real-world design thinking example. Let's go!
My students love maker projects. They love identifying problems, brainstorming solutions, and creatively solving those problems through the phases of design thinking in education.
Helping students to build 21st-century skills is a priority for today's educators, but how? How do you infuse 21st-century skills seamlessly into the curriculum or learning day? I like to promote 21st-century skill-building with inquiry-based learning strategies.
Experiential education is taking the world by storm, especially our mid/post-pandemic world.
If you are an aspiring or even practicing experiential educator looking for more information about experiential learning or could use a boost of inspiration, I highly recommend that you start by reading some books about experiential education written by the experiential learning greats!
Right now is a great time to start. It’s the beginning of summer (for many of us), so head to the library, grab a few books about experiential education, and hit the beach or the park to get your experiential reading on!
But where to start? There are a ton of books out there about experiential education and not all are created equal. How do you know which ones to read?
I’ve compiled a list of 10 experiential education books to start with. These books are just a few of my favorites, written by some of my personal heroes, all of which have paved the way for what it means to be an experiential educator in the 21st-century.
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.