What is experiential education?
When we talk about experiential learning at CSS, we mean many things. Most centrally, we mean that a CSS education is a student-centered education in which students learn by doing. Teachers carefully create opportunities inside and outside the classroom that engage students as active participants in the learning process. This helps them absorb and synthesize information at a deeper level, making connections between what they learn with what is happening in the “real world.”
How is experiential education delivered?
Experiential learning happens every day at CSS in various forms:
- Activity-Based Learning uses hands-on experiments and activities. Students often collaborate to achieve stated objectives.
- Problem-Based Learning challenges students to actively engage in real world problems, which develops critical thinking skills and creativity.
- Project-Based Learning includes a variety of curricula and encourages students to develop 21st Century skills such as communication, research and inquiry, and time management.
- Place-Based Learning uses a location or environment as a starting point to teach concepts and ideas across the curriculum. Students learn to make choices that impact the future, their culture, and their environmental landscape.
- Service Learning goes beyond community service. It builds character and encourages life-long civic responsibility while giving students new skills, knowledge, and understanding of the world around them.
Although applied differently in each division of the school, all experience-based lessons are directed at age-appropriate personal growth, problem solving, decision making, and academic analysis. All are designed to enhance and support the college-preparatory curriculum.