experiential learning

Experiential Learning: Academic Curriculum at blueFire Wilderness Therapy

At blueFire, we believe that the best wilderness therapy programs not only offer therapy in a wilderness setting, but they also use the wilderness as a tool for therapy and experiential learning. A similar concept applies to our academic programming: experiential learning is built into every part of our wilderness therapy program, rather than as …

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Experiential-Based Education Program Offered in Wilderness Therapy

One of the biggest challenges teens face in school is feeling that the material they learn is applicable to their personal lives and the world around them. While traditional classrooms focus on absorbing new material, wilderness therapy offers opportunities for experiential education. The outdoors provide a unique and hands-on learning environment where students can apply …

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My Teen Just Got Expelled from School – Now What?

So, your teen just got expelled from school and now you’re thinking frantically: “Now what?” Traditional schools settings don’t work for every student. Sometimes traditional schools just aren’t equipped to help those students reach their full potential. Students fall through the cracks; the ones with learning differences, anxiety, or other challenges. They feel like there’s …

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Outside the Classroom: Hands-On Learning in Wilderness Programs

Failing grades, getting into trouble with teachers, fighting with peers–for many of our families, school has become the pinnacle of their struggle. Whether parents like it or not, a teenager’s job is to be a student and if they feel as if they’re failing at that job, it can impact them not only academically, but …

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Sleep Deprivation in Teens: New Study Says It Affects Memory

Teens don’t get enough sleep–that’s not hard to believe. Only around 15 percent of teens have reported actually getting 8 hours of much needed sleep. That means that much more than half the country’s teenagers are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation in teens doesn’t just lead to drool on a desk, it leads to a lot …

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Teen Sleep Deprivation: It's Disrupting Our Children's Brains

Teen sleep deprivation is widespread. Teens are infamous for being sleepy and angsty, but the sleepy part may have more to do with the angsty part than we originally thought. ScienceDaily recently looked into new study delving into the effects of teen sleep deprivation on the brain–and what they found was surprising. The new research …

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How to Improve Academic Performance: Stay Active!

It turns out that recess and gym class may be more important than previously thought for a child’s overall mental health and academic success. Recently, researchers found that taking time away from academics to take part in physical activity does not take away from a child’s academic performance. In fact, it can actually improve academic …

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