When students are given the ability to learn in a practical hands-on environment, they are often more engaged, more stimulated and want to learn as much as possible. Studies have shown that when students sit and listen intently but passively in a lecture-style environment, they retain 20 percent of the presented information. When they are given the opportunity to practice what they have just learned, that percentage increases to 75 percent.
Play Based Learning
Child-centered, play-based learning is a whole-child educational approach that promotes academic, socio-emotional, and cognitive development through free play, which also involves guided play by a teacher. Play-based learning has been described as developmentally appropriate learning for young children, where children learn at their own pace through the natural process of play.
Place Based Education
Place-based education (PBE) immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. PBE emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.