Creating Rich, Experiential Learning Environments
Creating Rich, Experiential Learning Environments, Part 1
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 | 12:00-1:30 P.M. ET
This installment in EdPrepLab’s Learning Café “Whole Child and Educator Preparation Design Principles” series focused on creating rich, experiential learning environments for PreK–12 students, as well as teacher candidates.
PreK–12 schools that attend to the whole child foster rich and meaningful learning experiences that not only support academic learning in the traditional sense but also add a sense of competency, efficacy, and motivation that keeps students cognitively engaged. This approach, based on the science of learning and development, includes practices such as inquiry and project-based learning; feedback and revision opportunities; and authentic, formative, and self-assessments.
In order to support novice teachers in learning how to create these experiences, preparation programs need to model these types of environments for their candidates. Programs can be designed to immerse teacher candidates in rich, dynamic learning opportunities that are paired with authentic and performance-based assessments. Teacher preparation programs can model a full range of learning experiences as part of their scope and sequence, including pedagogical activities that promote inquiry and cycles of reflection that support intentional learning and problem solving.
- Dr. Carol Battle, Multiple Subjects Program Manager, San Diego Teacher Residency, High Tech High
- Sarah Fine, Director, San Diego Teacher Residency, High Tech High
Creating Rich, Experiential Learning Environments, Part 2
Friday, March 3, 2023 | 3:00-4:30 P.M. ET
As a follow-up to Wednesday's session, this installment in EdPrepLab’s Learning Café “Whole Child and Educator Preparation Design Principles” series featured a deep discussion on how teacher preparation programs are creating experiential learning opportunities for their candidates. Rich learning experiences and knowledge development—as described in the report, Design Principles for Schools: Putting the Science of Learning and Development Into Action—will be discussed alongside strategies preparation programs have employed to equip their graduates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create these experiences for their students.
- Jocelyn Glazier, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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