Adventures in Publishing and Education

Well it’s been 3 months into the school year so this means new ventures for the BellaVie Project. The free version of the documentary available online here, has brought to attention many questions and thoughtful discussions with students from around the … Continue reading

What is Experiential Learning and Where can I Learn that Way?

Hello fellow learner,

Happy Monday! I hope that this start of the week is beginning well in your learning adventures. Today I have  schedule set on learning more about videography (through vimeo), herbalism, and holistic health (through work and library books).  However, I wanted to share some experiential learning opportunities tips and resources because I feel that learning by doing is one of the greatest ways an individual can learn.

What is experiential learning?

It is literally what it sounds like! Learning from experience. Today in school we read about history, social issues, but what really makes a difference is when we are there fully using all of our senses. Sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing! 

You can see an actual diagram of this process through David Kolb‘s Cycle of Experiential learning. Through an actual concrete experience, we consciously observe it and reflect. It is a continual process, and in our time post-experience we have time to create an abstract conceptualization in our minds through this experience, and afterwards (because all of our senses have been part of the original experience) we actively experiment and create our own way and understanding of doing things.

Why is this a great way of learning?

According to Keuka College:

  • It gives students confidence in whatever field they happened to be learning about
  • For students that would like to be employed in certain jobs, it gives them a competitive advantage over students that have just “studied” the subject

Of course in a traditional school setting there are different requirements that need to be met – journals, classroom discussions, and papers – which can definitely be helpful in completely absorbing the information. However, when these things become the main goal of the classroom rather than the material itself students tend to get bored and see it as a chore.

How can you get some experiential learning opportunities?

After experiencing China and teaching English there I really have the travel bug. But for people that are not interested in travel specifically there are many experiential opportunities. 

These are some of the sites that I have used and stumbled upon for experiential learning opportunities. There are more on my resources page above. Experiential learning can be as local as connecting with a business owner in your community and offering some of your time, while learning a craft. To flying halfway across the world to get actual teaching experience.

Hope you’re all living  a BellaVie!

 

 

Saying Thanks! (and a little giveaway)

I just finished my last final today! Now I have more time to focus on actual work work. I’ve got a few more books to review for AERO, writing, and actual cleaning to do. I leave in 17 days for … Continue reading

Recording Things in Education

Yesterday I measured my luggage and started making final copies of travel things I

had to bring. Checking things off my luggage, and making sure that I was prepared and had all the necessary numbers and contacts written down.

I also found a little recycled travel journal that I’ve started writing with for the trip. Two summers ago, every single morning I would write three pages in a journal. Mostly streams of consciousness, dreams, and frequently to-do lists for that day. I wanted to make sure I recorded down all the emotions, challenges, and

experiences in writing. My documentary is not solely focusing on me. It’s about one of the many paths that one can take with their education. There’s no one-size-fits all as I’ve learned these last few months.

From UnCollege to the Eduventurist to the many mentors I’ve found along the way.  Your life path is totally dependent on you, people’s contributions to you, and your contributions to people. I hope that with my documentary and the pilot program of The Global Education Partnership I continue to grow, but also create things that will help others on their own life-learning.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

TESOL and Travel Hacking

I uploaded this last night, but this morning I received notice that I passed my TESOL exam! I will be getting my certificate in two weeks and now it’s just up to me to create lessons for students while in China. So excited!

Hope you’re all living a Bella Vie!

Joining a travel hacking cartel

I promised myself, post-TESOL exam, that I would join Chris Guillebeau’s Travel Hacking Cartel. I have mentioned travel hacking in a previous post before – a world filled with frequent flyer miles, looking at fine print, and loads of rewards … Continue reading

Melody talks on PBS about the Global Education Partnership

Melody talks a bit more in an exclusive interview about what we will be doing in China with the Global Education Partnership. Inspiring students, cultural exchanges, and connecting with fellow human beings. That’s what education is about, the connections.

After reading the books from AERO, I realized how much the connections with students matter. Look out for a few book reviews I will have posted up soon.

I will also be contributing to a few alternative education magazines in the upcoming month which is quite exciting! The voices are getting louder, and the education model that has been here for ages is not what it used to be. With all of the globalization and and intercultural relations it is of paramount importance to change with the times.

Hope you are all living a BellaVie!