Experiential learning is one of the buzz words of the 21st century learning.
Carl Ransom Rogers, an American psychologist, distinguished two types of learning:
cognitive (meaningless) and experiential (significant).
The former corresponds to academic knowledge such as learning concepts, vocabulary or multiplication tables but the latter refers to applied knowledge such as application of the multiplication or division to calculate profit and loss.
How do you apply experiential learning in the classroom?
1. The teacher must work as a facilitator.
2. The teacher must plan the learning experiences, map them to the objectives and learning outcomes.
3. The diversity of learners needs to be kept in perspective to ensure that the self-worth of the students is not harmed.
Learn more about this in the chapter 5 of the book From Chalk to Talk The Art of Teaching