Xperiential Education is a podcast which explores the different techniques of learning through doing. We take a look outside the classroom and interview some amazing experiential educators to find the most innovative ideas which are helping to shape people's lives and prepare them for an uncertain future in a rapidly changing world. However, as you'll see throughout the interviews the impact that experiential education can have on students is immense and this translates back in the classroom to help create life-long learning opportunities and build a resilience that's needed to be able to deal with endless change that life is now bringing. Around 500BC Confucius said: I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. I've travelled far and wide throughout the world to interview some fascinating people who run some awesome experiential education programs that are having a real impact on the lives of those involved. Each week we'll chat with one of these educators to find out just how they're providing great opportunities for our next generation. Xperiential Education is a continuous search for the best practical teaching experiences possible to ensure students of all ages are getting the most out of their learning through doing. Hopefully you can take away some of these ideas and build them into your own educational programs. Artwork by Kris Stempel © 2018
Bosque School Medical Reserve Corps
Ever felt sick or were injured at school? Ever have to face the grumpy school nurse? Well, not at Bosque School in Albuquerque New Mexico! This is an amazing student led program, where all of the first responders for illness or injury are the students themselves. As members of the school’s Medical Reserve Corps, the students learn how to respond to medical incidents and emergencies and take the lead when something happens.
In this episode, we talk with Dan Shaw, teacher, first responder and faculty head of the MRC at Bosque School, as well as Maddison, Taylor & Abigail, three of the students who are part of the MRC program and first responders.
What better way to learn a unique and practical medical skill set than through real-world experiences.We take a look at how this unique program came about and how it’s been developed over the years to provide students with some amazing and challenging opportunities and experiences to develop an excellent skill-set and ability to respond and deal with a range of medical issues and emergencies.
This is true leadership in Experiential Education and one of the most impressive programs I’ve come across in a school. Whilst many schools profess they provide opportunities for leadership, this school actually does it in such a fantastic and meaningful way.
For more information on Bosque School’s program:
Bosque School MRC
USA National MRC
Standard Diner ABQ
This was the first diner I’ve been to in the US and it was nice. The frozen margarita with mint mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!
Aspen High ExEd Program
Have you ever wanted to start the school year by getting away somewhere, fun, challenging remote or culturally unique? No this is no holiday, this is the Aspen High School ExEd program, which provides students the opportunity to learn through experience right across the country.
In mixed year level groups, students get to choose from a huge range of options, from Hiking in the Tetons, to Biking in New Mexico, or perhaps a dive into the Cajun culture of Louisiana or some glitz and glamour of Fashion Design in LA!
There’s something for everyone in this fantastic practical and experiential education program, which has been running for over 50 years!
In this episode we talk with Brent Maiolo who is Chair of the ExEd program at Aspen High.
For more information on Aspen’s program:
Aspen High School ExEd
Mt Kosciuszko is 2228 metres high, not 2227! Also, you multiply metres to get feet, not divide. Both entirely my mistakes as I can’t do good math! Or English it would seem.
Howling Gibbon Outdoor Education
Have you ever tried washing an Elephant at school? Explored a jungle and encountered a family of Gibbons? Well you can at The Howling Gibbon Outdoor Centre in Thailand
In this episode, we talk with Alex Moxon Founder and program Director of the Howling Gibbon Centre.
What better way to learn than to spend time in a rural centre in Thailand which combines, outdoor adventures with field studies and service learning. This centre runs a great range of interesting and diverse programs, with the service learning based upon the UN sustainability goals.
Alex is also the founder of Outdoortopia, an exciting experiential education blog and online community for teachers and other educators interested in creating change makers for a sustainable future.
For more information on the Howling Gibbon and Outdoortopia
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Arts Education - National Gallery London
Want to lose
yourself in centuries of political and religious conflict and dark mysteries
locked in snapshots from the past? Then the National Gallery in London is just
the place for you. With an enormous collection of stunning artworks spanning
over half a millennia, this is an amazing experience. No matter how many times
I’ve been there, I haven’t even scratched the surface of the passion, the love,
the hatred, the rebellion, the political intrigue and the social and emotional
commentary that’s behind the huge collection of art in the National Gallery.
In this episode,
we talk with Caroline Smith, head of educational programs at the National
Gallery and explore how they engage students in one of the most amazing
galleries in the world.
From the early
Renaissance to legendary artists such as Monet and Van Gough and stunning works
which take up entire walls, this is something which will awe and inspire
students in ways that the classroom can never replicate.
information on the educational programs at the National Gallery checkout:
Coffee in London
Coffee is well worth seeking out as you will struggle to get a decent coffee
anywhere in the UK. However, the coffee here is amazing and some of the best
coffee I’ve had in the world! Just go there and try it. You’ll know what I
YMCA 4C Centre Christchurch
Are you between
14-25 and have a problem you want to solve? Do you have lots of ideas, but just
need the right space, equipment and support to turn those ideas into something
In this episode,
we talk with Andrew Moss, director of the YMCA 4C Centre, Christchurch.
The YMCA 4C Centre
is a place where young entrepreneurs, inventors and problem solvers can go to
build their solutions in a really cool and supportive environment.
From robotics, to
3D printing, to video and artistic pursuits, the 4C Centre is for everyone who
are curious and want to build their skills in Communications, Creativity and
Critical Thinking. It’s a wonderful place and space in Christchurch to take
your ideas, take risks and turn them into something amazing.
information on the YMCA 4C Centre:
The Downtown School Seattle
Want to have 3 classes a day and learn in the heart of a city and use everything around you as a lab?
The Downtown School in Seattle is a leading-edge school which uses Downtown Seattle as part of their integrated educational program. This is a grade 9 through 12 school. It’s a great example of a school that’s future focussed and enabling students to pursue their own interests and identity as part of their education.
More time in the classroom doesn’t equate to better learning outcomes and the Downtown school has built this into their overall program.
For more information on the Downtown School checkout:
The KEXP Gathering Space