A Secondary School Student’s Perspective
on his Best Learning Experience
Joshua describes his best learning experience to be one in a course that focuses on hands-on learning. Joshua speaks about a classroom environment that encourages experimentation and self-directedness.
Through experiential learning theory, learning is defined as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (Kolb et al., 2001, p. 228). Within the parameters of the theory of multiliteracies, Cope and Kalantzis write about Learning by Design pedagogy. They state, “In this context, the teacher becomes a reflective designer of learning experiences (teacher-as-designer); and classroom plans become shareable ‘designs-for-learning’” (Cope & Kalantzis, n.d.). Accordingly, Joshua can take his teacher’s instructions and, through trial and error, actively experiment with various materials in class. By negotiating designs, ideas, and processes with his teacher, Joshua can critically think about his designs and plan accordingly. Lightbown and Spada (2018) concur that teachers need to build a “supportive, interactive environment” (p. 25) to better assist students in their learning and development. Listen below to Joshua’s thoughts on how he learns best.
Here is a painting the Joshua and one of his fellow students (Maxwell Ashton) painted in honour of Remembrance Day. It was then displayed in the main lobby of the school so everyone could admire it.
Here below is an example of Joshua’s drawings: