Real world work experiences and insights for teens
Experiential Learning provides opportunities for grade 7 - 12 students to participate in rich learning experiences connected to a community outside school; reflecting on those experiences; and applying their newly gained knowledge.
What is experiential learning?
Experiential learning provides an important vehicle by which diverse communities can collaborate to ensure that the interests, needs, strengths, and aspirations of all students are recognized and reflected in the educational experience.
It builds on a significant body of research and practice that indicate students are more engaged, more motivated to learn, and more successful when they reflect on their experiences and connect what they are learning to situations they care about in their personal lives, their community, and the world around them.
Having real world work experiences is an increasingly important part of our youth's high school education.
Experiential learning in high school contributes to student success in the classroom and beyond.
by overcoming challenges
In this story, a student shares the challenges of student life and how experiential learning through a Specialized Online Coop Program was helpful in earning credits towards graduation.
to find meaning and direction
In this story, Dania talks about how experiential learning at an outdoor education placement was meaningful and fulfilling.
that transform lives
In this story, Will talks about how experiential learning helped him to learn more about his interest in aquaculture and how he could undertake this while also trying to complete his high school studies.
Discover your ideal experiential learning opportunity
With so many experiential opportunities to be involved with, it may be difficult to know where to begin.
Whether you are a student, educator, business, or community organization, you can use this tool to find the types of experiential learning that suit you best, based on your goals and interests.
Our collection of resources will help you better understand and implement experiential learning in Waterloo Region.
Getting ready: How do we improve?
In a quest to improve and personalize learning, how do we “get ready” in preparing students and graduates for learning, life and fulfillment?
Our strategy is undergoing revisions even as we implement it. Please help us to ensure that it is dynamic and responsive to feedback and changes in circumstances, priorities and need.
Read more to understand our initial efforts and contribute your thinking.