Experiential Learning

EMS students learn by doing and then reflect on what they have learned. That's experiential learning.

In more traditional school settings, students often hear and read about others' experiences. Here, teachers consider individual learning styles; students make discoveries and experiment with knowledge firsthand.


Experiential learners must:

  • be willing to be actively involved in the experience.
  • be able to reflect on the experience.
  • possess and use analytical skills to conceptualize the experience.
  • possess decision-making and problem-solving skills in order to use the new ideas gained from the experience.

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EMS Experiential Learning News

All Hands on Deck for EMS Outdoor Dessert Theater

April 13, 2021

Fourth and fifth grade students painted sets, wrote scripts, created costumes, memorized lines, managed technical aspects,  and performed for teachers and peers at the annual Eastern Mennonite Elementary School Dessert Theater this year.  A video for parents took the place of the usual evening performance; snacks in to-go cups replaced the more formal desserts enjoyed in pre-COVID days. Despite the limitations, everyone appreciated the show, those watching, and those who made the production possible. “It’s important to me that kids start right away seeing theatre…

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