Real World Learning

Real World Learning

 Education that connects what students learn in the classroom and takes it out into the realworld to solve issues, look at problems, and find applications.

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RWL incorporates collaboration and participation in a self-directed learning environment allowing students to take ownership and responsibility for their outcomes.

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By asking the question, “How can we create change?”, students are empowered to think creatively in order to make a difference in the world around them.

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There is so much information in the world, students must be reflective and critical thinkers, able to consider different perspectives to reach informed decisions that they can use to problem solve.

RWL Projects at MHA

Learning to fly drones

Photography

Woodwork

Video making

Journalism

Podcasting

Web design

Pepurposing and recycling

Leadership

Entrepreneurship

Global collaboration with projects

Video game programming

3D Printing Programming

Social justice issue awareness and education

Agriculture (garden boxes and growing)

Environmental issues and problem solving

Marketing and business development

Research and development of new products

Some of the benefits of RWL:

  1. Retention in Learning
    Experiential Learning uses critical thinking, problem solving and decision making to deliver information that student retain. This method has replaced the old “rote”method.
  2. Safe Learning Environment
    While learning, mistakes happen. However, when experiencing learning students are trying new things and “failing” in safe controlled environment that promote learning from these mistakes.
  3. From Theory to Practice 
    Experiential learning takes students out of theory and into practice by actually doing the learning. This plays a crucial role in retention of concepts and ideas.
  4. Mindset Changes
    Experiential Learning impacts mindset. It is doing that the brain takes on the new behaviors needed for change.
  5. Student Engagement
    When students are personally involved and take ownership of their learning they engage.
  6. Personalized Learning
    Because student direct the learning, real world learning is personal to each child. Not only do they choose the project but they choose the direction of the learning. This increases their ability to use creativity, critical thinking and ownership of outcomes.