We’re sure you can think of a time when you were sitting behind a desk trying to focus on a lecture or presentation, when you suddenly realized you had been daydreaming or lost in thought for most of the lesson. We’ve all been there. If you can think of more than one instance where your mind lapsed into fanciful daydreams instead of paying attention, don’t worry, you’re acting like a normal human being.
At Kiski, we realize that most of our students are also regular human beings who find sitting in hard, uncomfortable chairs in cramped classrooms an unimaginative way to learn. So, instead of committing our students to lesson after lesson taking place in cluttered classrooms, we incorporate more hands-on learning into our curriculum than most schools. Here are five reasons why our tactile teaching methods benefit our students:
Kiski instructors want their students to develop critical-thinking skills so that they can solve problems in the real world. For example, in physics class, students are first taught theory, then they are assigned projects where they can test the accuracy of these theories. At the beginning of the academic year, students were able to test Newton’s Laws of Motion with air-powered cars.
Improved Retention of Material
Memorizing text isn’t an effective way to understand and actually learn academic material. Instead of taking half-hearted notes and committing sections to memory, Kiski students actually get to experience what they’re learning with hands-on activities and projects. Tactile learning often allows students to retain over three times as much as opposed to listening quietly in a lecture room.
Valuable Instructor Time
Students are better able to interact and learn from their instructors in a stimulating environment. In addition to having small class sizes, Kiski’s hands-on learning environment facilitates better communication between teacher and student. Instead of a one-way relationship where the teacher talks and the student listens, experiential learning allows for a learning circle where both parties benefit.
Practice Using Equipment
Kiski students have access to our high-tech maker space which includes professional-grade equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters. The practice students get with the equipment available to them at Kiski will give them a huge advantage when applying to jobs.
You can learn more about Kiski’s project-based curriculum on our website. If you want to experience our stimulating learning environment for yourself, schedule a campus visit!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.