The progressive education philosophy says that educators should teach children how to think rather than relying on rote memorization. Advocates argue that the process of learning by doing is at the heart of this style of teaching. The concept, known as experiential learning, uses hands-on projects that allow students to learn by actively engaging in activities that put their knowledge to use.
Download the chart below, from Independent Schools, a magazine of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), to understand the differences between traditional and progressive education.
Philosophy of Contemplative Education
Informed by the many forms of contemplative practice in philosophies and religions the world over, contemplative education invites students to embrace the immediacy of their interior lives as a means for applying their own first-person experiences to what they are learning in their classrooms.
Here’s how we apply contemplative education theory at Full Circle Schools:
Rigorous academics—Challenge yourself with the Full Circle Education Model. We create real-world products through physical work, research, writing and creative design. Our students experience high expectations and learn to apply their academic skills to achieve goals that makes our community stronger and more resilient. This requires self-exploration to identify and address strengths and weaknesses. Discovering our emotional and social bias and world views allows for opening the heart and mind to respect life and diversity within our community and fellow students.
Contemplative Practice—Bend your body and your mind through the meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices. These ancient practices are proven to calm the mind and improve focus, health and learning. Using contemplative practices in classrooms allows students to take responsibility for their own decisions and choices while respecting others.
Experiential Learning—Apply the wisdom and knowledge you’ve acquired and gain career insight and skills through volunteerism, the Student Market, and community-based service.
Project Based Learning (PBL)
A teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. The experience of thousands of teachers across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn - and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career, and civic life.