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Can Experiential Learning Really Motivate My Teen?

Posted by Blyth-Templeton Academy

student-centered learning, experiential learning

Experiential learning. It just sounds like fun - field trips and group projects and stimulating discussions. At Blyth-Templeton Academy we combine a student-centered learning approach with experiential learning. We know that this “learning-by-doing” approach gives students the tools they need for success on any path they choose. What does this mean for your teen?

Experiential learning takes students out of a traditional lecture or textbook-based learning scenario and challenges them to find information for themselves. It can mean that your teen will be in control of their learning. And a hands-on approach to education also increases student engagement and the ability of students to retain information.

Experiential learning is a whole school philosophy at BTA. It is not relegated to the arts or the humanities. While less conventional, BTA applies the hands-on learning model to the most academically rigorous subjects, including all the courses you would hope to find in the transcript of a student moving on to college.

The goal here is not to eliminate classes in the name of experiential learning. Instead, it is to enhance them. Math, science, history, languages, social science and the arts – all integrate the “learning-by-doing” philosophy and activities into the course curricula. One way we achieve this is through our use of the city as our classroom.

Blyth-Templeton Academy's curriculum makes use of Washington, D.C.'s vast resources, challenging students to connect their classroom experiences to the real world. Our goal is that students walk away from these experiences with a deeper understanding of the world around them, a desire to be a member and contributor to their communities, and independent, confident learners. In doing this, not only do we make a more significant impact on our students but we leave behind as small an environmental footprint as possible.

Many students develop the maturity necessary to engage fully in their education through this kind of learning experiences. They gain a deeper understanding of the world around them, a desire to be a member and contributor to their communities, and independent, confident learners. When used to enhance a curriculum, experiential learning enriches and strengthens the learning experience.

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About Blyth-Templeton Academy

Temp Keller
Blyth-Templeton Academy is an experiential micro school located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It offers an academically rigorous 9-12th-grade high school curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration. The small class sizes ensure that each student has a front row seat in classes with an average size of 8. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish. Schedule a visit soon.

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