Experiential Learning

In more traditional school settings, students often hear and read about others' experiences. At EMS, teachers consider individual learning styles and facilitate opportunities for students to make discoveries and experiment with knowledge firsthand.

Then, students have time to reflect on what they have experienced, completed, even made mistakes with. That's experiential learning.

Model UN service with Rise Against Hunger
5th grade marimba making
Explore week 2021

Experiential learners must:

  • be willing to be actively involved in the experience.
  • be able to reflect on the experience, sometimes in writing, sometimes in conversation with teachers and peers.
  • possess and use analytical skills to conceptualize the experience.
  • possess or make progress in developing decision-making and problem-solving skills in order to use the new ideas gained from the experience.

Outside the classroom ...

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EMS Experiential Learning News

Celebrating Alumni Stories: Hannah Depoy

September 19, 2023

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY As early as I can remember, I dreamed of being a doctor. After EMHS, my family’s West Virginia roots drew me to WVU’s Honors College where I pursued a degree in Biology and minor in Sociology. I then attended Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). Currently, I am second year family medicine resident at Fairfax Family Practice in Fairfax, VA. My mom shares that at three years old, I began writing my dad “prescriptions” after a surgery. I also owe…

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