Experience is one of our most powerful teachers, yet direct experience is getting harder and harder to come by in our increasingly digitised world. Providing the time and space for students to learn through experience, results in learning experiences which are more engaging, real and relevant, and learning outcomes which are more powerful and transformative. When we offer a breadth of experiences, students grow and develop the capacity to solve problems, adapt to new and changing environments and invent solutions to solve the unknown challenges of the future. We value the fact that some of the most powerful learning results from reflecting on one mistakes and that in order to build resilience in our young people we must embrace the need for students to struggle, and develop the grit and determination to keep on going in the face of hardship.
Jonathan Walter is the Principal of Woodleigh School, a contemporary, holistic Foundation to Year 12 co-educational independent school on the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Australia, with an enrolment of over 1,000 students across three campuses.
Jonathan has over 25 years of experience, gained from a career in co-educational independent schools working as an Outdoor Educator, classroom teacher and educational administrator. He is regarded as a specialist in experiential education and has a history of developing innovative learning programs for students which engage them in active learning, targeted at responding to their individual learning needs.
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