Go on field trips
Field trips are one of the best experiential learning opportunities. Why? They take students out of the classroom and into the real world — exactly what the concept of experiential learning is predicated on.
Field trips that let students see professionals working in their jobs can be particularly impactful. If your students are learning about mechanics and engineering, for example, taking them to a factory or lab can frame the lesson in a new, highly visual and experiential way. Similarly, if they’re learning about biology, a trip to a zoo, national park or research institute may be effective.
Field trips allow your students to ask questions, explore new environments and learn outside of the classroom.
Invite guests to the classroom
Bringing in guest speakers allows your students to learn from the experience of someone beyond yourself.
If you’re an English teacher, ask a writer or journalist to present to your class. If you’re a science teacher, invite a researcher or local professor. The students can learn from the experiences of these professionals, and auditory learners may also benefit.
If you teach high school or college students, guest speakers can also offer opportunities for your students to engage with possible mentors and community leaders.
Teaching students how to work and get along with and include others helps them become more inclusive and empathetic adults. But how can you do that? By teaching inclusivity through experience.
Consider assigning various group and partner projects. These projects require the students to work together, even if they are different and have opposing opinions. But with knowledgeable guidance from the teacher, they can learn to communicate with and learn from one another.