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GDGPS, Sector 48, Gurugram has been an apostle of futuristic and evolving pedagogy for its students for it resonates with the observation by John Dewey, “Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”


Following the innovative and transforming realms of education designed by NEP 2020 based on the guidelines of experiential learning, the school principal, Ms. Anuradha Handa, chaired a virtual session on the coveted CBSE platform for educationists pan India on ‘Kolb’s Experiential Cycle and its Application’ on November 18, 2020. This comprehensive and interactive session Ms. Handa sought to draw a comparison between the age-old gurukuls which advocated a ‘hands-on’ experience for the pupils to the new age confinement of the classroom. The engaging details shared in the session, backed by the quality driven educational agencies like CBSE, MHRD/NCERT, NCF, UNESCO etc., proved to be a platform for understanding the meaning of experiential learning, its relevance and its impact on the evolving minds of the pupils.


The participating educationists were given an insight into David Kolb’s ‘Experiential Learning Cycle’ which laid a path for handholding a student through this active leaning through the stages of concrete experience, reflective observation, active experimentation and abstract conceptualization. The dynamic methodology of experiential learning was further discussed by the showcasing of few progressive lesson plans and how the mentors can seamlessly merge experiential learning into the classroom for the benefit of the student’s holistic progression. ‘Kolb’s Experiential Learning Styles’ opened up a window for an in-depth understanding of the different types of learners and the ways to not only identify them but to tap their learning spectrum for an optimum ‘hands-on’ learning in and outside of a classroom.


Ms. Handa stressed upon the fact that teachers must stay empowered for the students to remain active learners and emphasized on the importance of capacity building programs for mentors and suggested innovative strategies for planning for the same. This interactive session re-emphasized the benefits of experiential learning for making the students ready for the 21st century by building up their competencies, making their learning long-lasting by making them derive their lessons through their own experiences and environment, by providing the pupils ground for self-realization and exploration and providing the children with ample opportunities to handhold them to think differently and think freely. This session indeed was an enriching insight into how to effectively contour the experiential learning fundamentals into our day-to-day life and promote learning which would indeed be ‘beyond the box’.