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Reimagining Learning
by: Priyanka Raha ~4/13/2023


Today we live in a rapidly changing world marked by technological advancements and shifting workforce demands. We are seeing enormous changes in the ways we live, work and interact. Yet we do not see these changes reflected in our education system, not to the extent that we should in order to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.

The traditional education system fails to meet the evolving needs of students and to better serve the learners and leaders of tomorrow. Reimagining learning involves embracing innovative approaches and methodologies that foster more engaging, personalized, and relevant learning experiences. This shift is critical for preparing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and mindset to thrive in a complex, interconnected, and dynamic global landscape.

In this essay, my goal is not to resolve this but I hope to give you a starting point or as I call it sparks (with my writing students) to get you to think about reimagining learning. Here are four different ways to reimagine learning. Although some of the examples are for a classroom, you can try these methods at home and in your conversations with children.

Project-Based Learning

Instead of focusing on traditional lectures and memorization of concepts, project-based learning leans into hands-on, collaborative projects. In project-based learning, students actively engage with real-world problems and challenges, fostering critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

Let’s say in a history classroom, the teacher wants students to understand the impact of World War II on different countries. In order to set up a project-based learning, the teacher could assign small groups of students to research and analyze the effects of war on a specific country’s economy, society, and politics. Throughout the process, the teacher can provide resources, guidance, and support to help the students develop their research, analytical, and communication skills.

Blended Learning

I think it will be remiss if we do not combine traditional face-to-face instruction with digital learning tools and resources. This immensely helps students who have different learning needs and do not respond well to lecture-based instruction. Blended learning allows students to access educational content at their own pace, receive immediate feedback, and engage with multimedia resources that cater to different learning styles. Blended learning empowers teachers and instructors to meet the needs of individual students.

Let’s take an example of a math classroom where students are learning algebraic concepts. During in-class sessions, the teacher can deliver direct instruction, engaging students in interactive sessions, group activities, and hands-on problem solving. In parallel, the teacher introduces an online learning platform that offers a variety of multimedia resources, such as video tutorials, interactive simulations, and practice exercises, tailored to the concepts being studied. This allows students who learn differently to grab the concepts quickly while allowing other students who need to be challenged to explore other lessons.

Experiential Learning

Encourage students to learn through direct experience, reflection, and application. This approach emphasizes learning by doing. It can involve internships, field trips, simulations, and collaborative projects. This helps students connect theoretical concepts to real-world situations and develop practical skills. Children and youth learn using critical thinking to solve problems, build consensus across diverse viewpoints, and generate new ideas to address complex challenges.

Reimaging a high school biology classroom to understand the principles of ecology and the importance of biodiversity would involve a field trip to a local nature reserve park. At the park, students are divided into small groups and assigned specific tasks, such as observing wildlife, collecting plant specimens, or measuring water quality in a nearby stream. With guidance from the teacher or a reserve staff member, students actively engage with the natural environment, applying the ecological concepts they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Students can follow up by reflecting on their observations and creating a report or presentation.

Curiosity-Based Learning

Fostering a learning environment that will encourage students to stay curious and get them excited about learning is far more important than the actual knowledge that is taught. This is critical because with technological changes and evolving needs of communities what we learn today may or may not be relevant tomorrow. So, to adapt to changing needs children must cultivate a life-long acumen for learning so they can lead and thrive in a world they’ll live in.

Imagine a science classroom where the teacher wants to introduce the concept of renewable energy. To set up a curiosity-based learning environment, the teacher could start by presenting intriguing images or videos of solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric power plants, prompting students to ask questions and make observations. The teacher then would act as a facilitator guiding students to find answers to their questions and make connections to broader concepts.


The world is at an inflection point - climate change is here, technological advancements are taking huge strides, and the nature of work is evolving. A high-quality, relevant education can be a game-changer for young people. I hope these ideas will give you a way to take the transformation journey yourself, at your home, in your community, in your school and elsewhere.
When I am not teaching writing classes, I love having conversations about challenging gender equity, promoting diversity in ideas and raising the next generation of thinkers. Want to learn more about our story writing classes? Check us out here.

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