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.

Service, Silence, Solitude E-term
5th grade marimba making
Environmental sustainability students and chemistry students on field trip to study the North Fork in Bergton, Va. Photo by Kevin Carini.

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

EMS Explores World Cup Injustices

November 18, 2022

The FIFA World Cup soccer tournament — set to kick off in Qartar on Sunday, Nov. 20 — is creating a buzz at Eastern Mennonite School, from both a fun and serious perspective. The soccer-loving school, which marked its 1,000th boys varsity soccer match this past season, will stream World Cup games in the dining hall throughout the tournament for lunchtime viewing, and in a common area for students to watch during study halls. But the “underbelly” of the games is something students are also…

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