CHAPTER 7. Experiential Learning is Deeper Learning

Flipped Book Study: Watch before reading to enhance your learning.

Audio Outtakes: Supercharge your book study with these shareable chapter-by-chapter audio clips with colorful commentary. Connect with Brad to schedule him to join your book study or university class "live" on Skype, GHO, or Voxer.

Water Cooler Questions:


  1. What makes a learning experience authentic and memorable?

  2. Why is connectedness an important part of 'future ready' learning?

  3. How might we ensure state standards and accountability expectations are exceeded while still championing the needs of the whole child?

Additional Listening/Viewing:


  • The Future Starts Now: This video provides some powerful points, but what does it miss? What do you disagree with?

Additional Blog Posts:



How are the learning experiences we are facilitating for students empowering them to be adaptive learners? 


Loaded with examples of experiential learning, this post connects a classic movie to the schools our students deserve!

Additional Books:


  • Teach Like a Pirate (2012) by Dave Burgess


  • Learn Like a Pirate. (2015) by Paul Solarz

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Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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This TED-inspired talk introduces a real-life renegade, and unpacks the basic tenants of a digital-age pedagogy.



Personalize your learning and double-down on your leadership! Complete at least one of the mini challenges at the end of each chapter to earn your Renegade Leadership badge.

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Double-Down Challenge:


Personalize your learning by selecting from mini-challenges at the conclusion of each chapter. Most chapters offer at least two different options to personalize your learning. Choose the mini-challenge that you would like to 'double-down' on, and then click HERE to track your progress on the Worlds of Learning digital badging platform.

  • Challenge 7.1: Experiencing Connectivity

Best practice has been somewhat confined by the walls of a classroom or school. Create a connected learning experience using a lesson or leadership practice that is traditionally been limited to the scope of your school. Be sure that the learning drives the experience.

  • Challenge 7.2: Student Centered Reform

School leaders often operate in their comfort zone or wheelhouse. While strengths-based leadership has its place, Noah Webster learned 20 different languages to reform spelling. Identify something new you need to learn to be more student centered.