Hands on learning

Hands on learning

What is hands-on learning? Hands-on learning is becoming popular across the world in education for children. Through this method, children learn an abstract concept by action. Students are engaged in well-planned activities and experiences to introduce a concept or topic. These students do these activities in order to experience the concept instead of traditional engagements. Through this method, students achieve the highest level of understanding of concepts. We at Yardstick believe in “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” We believe that learning should enable the students connect to real world; hands-on learning enables each child to learn concepts in his or her own unique way. We can elaborate this by giving an example of teaching how to walk in a class room to emphasis on importance of hands on learning. Why hands-on learning? Whereas textbooks present children with ready made information, activities allow them to experience and understand the concept being taught. Hands-on learning enables students to observe and question scientific phenomena. Such an approach shifts the educational emphasis from rote memorizing to learning through experience, from teacher-centric classrooms to enjoyable learner-centric activities, from factual information to knowledge. Hands-on learning permits development of process skills such as fine motor skills, planning investigations, data analysis, problem solving, writing and drawing skills and focused communications. This enables children to become keen observers, ask relevant questions, and finally, learn to make informed decisions. Learning from a well planned activity or experience: 1. Encourages questioning of the observed events and the resulting data. When students carry out the activities they become familiar of the events and variables involved 2. Promotes cause and effect thinking 3. Forces students to think by requiring interpretation of observed events rather than memorization of correct responses 4. Helps in true understanding and the ability to use the knowledge in other situations