Experiential Teaching and Learning through Projects
“Experiential learning takes place when a person involved in an activity looks back and evaluates it, determines what was useful or important to remember, and uses this information to perform another activity.” John Dewey
That’s nice, but what could this look like at the Kilmer?
To start, one project per year that each grade level would ‘own’. Families would know about this project ahead of time, and kids could look forward to that project from year to year.
Primary students rear frogs from eggs and share their expertise in an informative brochure for visitors.
Grade 5 students learn about health, nutrition, and consumerism as they create a new restaurant that offers healthy and appealing foods.
It is not, a book report diorama, a coat hanger project, or a research paper. These are all good things, but they would not constitute a big project. It IS…
Young inventors put their knowledge of simple machines to the test as they create new, labor-saving machines of their own!
Students study the great westward migration of the mid-19th century in America and learn how important music was to those traveling along the trail. Students listen to popular music of the time, and investigate the history and origins of a variety of songs. In a final celebration, students sing and play tunes, and present their interpretations from the points of view of a pioneer or composer.
Think about when you were in school. What was the most fun? When did you learn the most? What are YOU excited about?
“I know a man who grabbed a cat by the tail and he learned 40 percent more about cats than the man who didn’t.” ~ Mark Twain
YEAR 1 Focus on Rigor and Engagement through reading Emphasis on measuring the engagement (teacher evaluation, student climate data, learning walk etc.) Professional development plan for teachers and leadership team will emphasize engaging practices & rigor Experiential Learning Project: One project will be implemented per grade level