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

Slonaker, Flames Win VISAA State Championship

May 17, 2022

This article by Cody Elliott appeared in the May 16, 2022 issue of Daily News-Record. See WHSV TV-3 coverage here. It was somewhat of a relief for Adam Hatter. As the Eastern Mennonite senior celebrated with teammates and coaches Monday at Meadowbrook Country Club in Chesterfield, he couldn’t help but make a witty comment about the situation. “It’s nice that I don’t need another ring fitting since I already know my size,” Hatter said. Hatter was, of course, referencing when he earned a championship ring…

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