Building Skills outside the Classroom
Experience can be a great teacher as proven by Jamal Malik, who wins India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? using his life experiences in the blockbuster hit, Slumdog Millionaire. To gain a well-rounded education, children need more than just a pile of books or information. This is where experiential learning can play a part.
With experiential learning, children are provided with an immersive environment that engages them and allows them to interact with and within it. They are thereafter encouraged to reflect upon the experiences obtained and, in the process, develop new skills, attitudes or ways of thinking. The result – an invaluable educational experience.
The benefits of experiential learning are plenty. For one, children are nurtured to become active participants in the acquisition and generation of knowledge. This inculcates in them necessary skills, including leadership, collaborative and problem-solving skills, to help them thrive in the world. By offering practical learning experiences, experiential learning also helps promote a deeper understanding of a subject and ultimately leads to a love for lifelong learning.
Experiential learning encourages the children to embrace a big-picture approach as they broaden their perspective and, consequently, their skill sets. This helps them to learn to adapt to an ever-changing world and meet new challenges more easily.
At Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School, we offer a nurturing environment that provides an ideal balance of both academic and experiential learning to ensure that students are able to get the most out of their educational experience here. Among others, day and overnight field trips as well as various volunteer opportunities will allow students to explore and enhance their learning experience outside the four walls of school while also contributing towards the betterment of the world and communities that surround them.
As part of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School , USA, and the top American boarding school in Malaysia, we are committed to delivering an exceptional educational experience.