Learning By Doing: A Case Study on Hands-On Learning Experience
- 28 November 2022
Robert Frost described the essence of impactful teaching appropriately when he said ‘I am not a teacher, but an awakener’. Moving away from the traditional methods of administering knowledge, the role of a teacher in contemporary society requires one to hone individuals into critical thinkers. The aim herein is to instill the habit of lifelong learning among the students. Behind this lies the idea that students can learn from every life experience and the process of learning need not be tedious. In fact, the aim should be to make students enjoy the entire process of learning. This very experience can be achieved through the hands-on approach to learning. Let’s find out more about the hands-on approach to learning.
What is Hands-on Learning?
In order to help students learn beyond the walls of the classroom, the hands-on learning approach becomes efficient. Believing in the aspect of learning by doing, a hands-on approach helps students get a better understanding of the subject matter. This approach is not monotonous and involves active participation from the students. In this regard, the lessons remain etched in the minds of the pupil for a longer duration of time.
Benefits of Hands-on Learning
Some of the most pressing benefits of adopting hands-on learning experiences are:
Teaching Trade Practices through a Hands-On Approach to Learning
Anchoring on the fundamental advantages of the hands-on approach to learning, the classrooms at Oakridge always bring experiential aspects to learning. We ensure that students understand the real-life application of certain concepts, thereby retaining the said concepts for a longer period of time. In this regard, while teaching the aspect of trade and commerce to our PYP students, we integrated multiple novel concepts into our approach.
At the end of the event, we saw that students were clearly able to understand how to derive profit, how to graph the demand and supply of any product or service, and why concepts like sale and discount are important. They were also able to innovatively market their products beautifully. Indeed, the entire process reflected the sheer impact and positive results of hands-on learning.
By Ms Prasobha Prabhakaran
Grade 4 Coordinator, PYP