Immersion learning at Yindyamara

Immersion learning at Yindyamara

 
Sarah with her son, Xander, 6.

Sarah with her son, Xander, 6.

 

It all started when…

When Sarah was completing her traditional elementary education she often wondered off in class and dreamed of a new way of learning. High school brought frustration by her Teachers' inability to consider individual differences among learning abilities of her and her fellow learners. She questioned why learning came so easily when one was immersed in a self-sort hands on project versus reading  similar information from a book, or explained while sitting in a classroom by an instructor at a time when the lesson was deemed unnecessary and therefore uninteresting. 

Whilst working in various capacities with learners of all ages she noted the natural curiosity and joy in young learners when learning was tailored to their interests and drove their desire to want to know more; and the attention deficit increasing as the lessons became disconnected from the real life applications. 

University only exacerbated the issue when sitting in a learning lecture her psychology professor who specialized in the topic confessed that the structure of the course and lecture were incompatible with strategies identified as optimal in the learning literature. Sarah then completed a Masters in Educational Psychology in order to specialize her Psychology interests via a scientific and pragmatic lens to improve learning. She has been determined to add her voice to the movement dedicated to optimizing our current model of education ever since.

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