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

Choral Music Library Finds New Home

August 10, 2022

More than 300 linear feet of shelving space – the length of a soccer field — are now dedicated to housing the choral sheet music library at Eastern Mennonite School’s choral room for grades six-12. The installation came over the summer with volunteer vision, labor, and talent when an upgrade in the sixth grade classrooms spilled into the area that had been used for the music library. “This vast collection is a truly special resource, especially for a school our size,” says music teacher and…

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