Including Learning Experiences in Curriculum

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  • 0:01 What Are Learning Experiences?
  • 1:00 Types of Learning Experiences
  • 1:58 Planning for Learning…
  • 3:29 Learning Experiences in Action
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
How do you decide what activities to use in a lesson plan? Learning experiences are an important part of the learning process. This lesson will identify learning experiences and explain what they look like in a classroom.

What Are Learning Experiences?

Amanda is a veteran teacher with several years under her belt. This year, the district she works for adopted a new curriculum program that is full of terms she has never heard of. For example, the term learning experiences seems to be cropping up in several different places. Hasn't she always given her students learning experiences?

The short answer is yes. Any experience a student has in the process of learning is considered a learning experience. This includes traditional methods of instruction as well as authentic learning. Learning experiences guide students towards engagement in content and help them learn new skills. When planning learning experiences, teachers should design them to gradually move students towards the goals and objectives.

Luckily, the new curriculum is specific about the learning experiences expected during instruction. Amanda reads on to learn about learning experiences.

Types of Learning Experiences

Like Amanda thought, she's been providing her students with learning experiences for years. Learning experiences include:

  • Opportunities for students to interact with content, such as experiments or using manipulatives
  • Having conversations about topics, like debating the success of the Civil War
  • Investigating questions, from low to high level
  • Working in groups to solve problems and present answers
  • Experiencing content in real-life situations, either in or out of the classroom
  • Traditional learning, like note taking or map reading

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