Learning Outside of a Classroom Setting
Classrooms are powerful places; there’s no question. But a lot of learning can happen outside of the classroom that can help push students to the next level and beyond, for an entire lifetime. If you want to look at the concept of external learning, below are some tips to make it not only doable but also profitable for the student looking to learn.
How to promote learning outside of a classroom setting
There is no shortage of ways to promote learning in other kinds of settings, and students young and old will enjoy these all equally when they’re focused on the right concepts. Some of the best examples of learning outside of classic classroom settings include:
- Field trips and adventures: Whether it’s with young children or adults, field trips can be great ways to sneak learning into fun activities. It could be a trip to the aquarium, a walk in nature, or a visit to a library; any adventure or trip can be an opportunity to push learning in a unique way.
- Location-specific immersion: For something a bit more specific to a learner’s focus, an immersive experience would be a great way to blend engagement with learning. Several examples include language immersion (in a community setting) or “working” for a week within a specific niche of interest.
- Tutoring and extra help: If your student needs some support and extra motivation in some of the more common subjects, like math, science, etc., having a tutor can be a great help. Often, a tutor and student who hit it off well can make for easier and better comprehension outside of the classroom, leading to better comprehension and encouragement in the classroom.
- Special events or outings: If there’s a special occasion coming up that is directly related to something interesting to the learner, it could be a great learning environment. For example, if a student is learning about environmental science, and a leading expert has a lecture scheduled for the core principles, or its modern relevance, etc., it could be a fantastic opportunity for the learner to attend something educational “in real life.”
- Community-based engagement: Engaging with a community is always going to give you an opportunity to expand your horizons. This is the same with students. Whether it’s through a retreat, community service, or volunteering at a community garden, etc., students see their topic of choice blended with the community. Blending the importance of the topic through integrated community support helps enhance learning and interest in the topic itself.
Why learning outside of a classroom matters
This sounds good, perhaps, but what does it actually matter when you’re looking at education in a broader sense? How does learning outside of a classroom actually factor in? Some of the benefits include:
- Better knowledge and recall: When students aren’t “aware” of the fact that they’re learning, they’ll often remember more and retain it longer.
- Interest and excitement about the topic: Even in areas that most students don’t have interest in, like math or literature, having external education will help boost that energy and excitement level higher and can make in-class learning easier in the future.
- A better idea of where their natural interests lie: Sometimes, learning about a topic outside of class and with a different kind of teacher can help students learn where their natural skills and abilities lie. This will shape their educational future.
While learning inside a classroom is obviously important, it turns out that learning outside of a classroom is just as important. Whether it’s a trip to the community garden or a session with an experienced tutor, it could just be the right call.