Children, instead of being lectured on a concept, engage in an activity or an experience. To put it simply, they do rather than sit and listen.
After doing an activity, they reflect on their experience. What did they do, what happened, what was the reaction, they ponder over their experience.
After having understood the concept, children use that knowledge or understanding in their life. For example, using the understanding of combustion to create a motor boat or using the knowledge of mapping to create a map of the school. .
Reflection leads to understanding and understanding leads to conceptualization in the mind of the children. They, at this stage, begin to correlate what leads to what.
Students benefit from this, and how!
Students learn to
- Establish connections to life outside the classroom
- Develop the ability to work well with others
- Make thoughtful decisions
- Take initiative
- Solve complex problems
- Become confident and independent individuals
- Address real world concerns
- Learn real life skills