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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning in the classroom

Experiential learning is more than just one field trip to see a "real world" example of what the students have been studying in class. It is structuring the lessons so the students can do the work for themselves and have meaningful engagement with the subject. The student does not passively receive information from a teacher, but actively participates in the work.

More than just a field trip

At Inly, experiential learning is integrated into the curriculum in all subject areas and at all grade levels. Whenever possible, students get their hands dirty and learn outdoors in our Outdoor Classroom. In 4th grade through 8th grade, students embark on gradually more intensive off-site learning experiences, engaging in authentic real-world problem-solving. From scientific water sampling to city internships, students gain critical life-long skills.

Hands-on learning: For all ages—toddler and preschool through elementary and middle school

In Toddler House, for example, toddlers actively engage in learning about the states of matter by having a water table in the classroom. In the winter, the table gets filled with ice and snow and the toddlers observe what happens when the snow stays inside a warm room. They get to touch and taste, and see and feel the changes. They learn the concept through their hands.

In Middle School, Inly students learn about government by making their own. They don’t simply listen to a lecture from a teacher about how countries govern themselves, they actually write their own guiding constitution for the class. Read a student's account of this process in an Inside Inly blog post, "By the Inly Middle School, for the Inly Middle School."

Learning by Doing

Experiential learning (or "learning by doing" or "hands-on learning") permeates every part of the Inly curriculum, at all levels. Experiential learning is an innovative approach to education in which students actively engage in relevant, authentic experiences that reinforce academic lessons or teach skills. These hands-on experiences deepen understanding and have lasting impact. Students make discoveries and experiment with knowledge themselves instead of relying solely on the experiences of others.

Inly School

46 Watch Hill Drive | Scituate, MA 02066
Tel: 781-545-5544 | Fax: 781-545-6522
Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.
Inly School admits students of any race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, and without regard to disability, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.