Teaching in General - The Cone of Experience

The Cone of Experience (see following) illustrates different types of experiences on a continuum from direct concrete experience to abstraction. In learning it is helpful to have direct experiences and abstract interpretation of experience. Experiences up and down the cone are beneficial to learning. For example as we consider this series on creation, we want to reflect on God’s creation and talk about it’s meaning theologically, but we also need to experience creation directly. We want to see, touch, taste, and smell God’s creation. In teaching, look for ways to uses as many activities as possible from the top, middle and bottom of the Cone of Experience.