Over the course of a decade, the following quote has come to shape my philosophy of education:

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”-John Dewey

Here’s my story:

I got my undergraduate degree in biology and proceeded to work with environmental protection programs for almost four years following graduation. Education wasn’t on my mind at that time. I was dedicated to the world of science and nature.

Working in the field was amazing for so many reasons. I learned more about science in three months in the field, immersed in the content, than I did over the…


Can educators teach 21st-century skills and content in the classroom? Is there room for both? The answer is yes, they can do it all, and at this point, they must do both.

Let me ask you a question. What do you think is more valuable, skills or content knowledge? I argue that you can’t have one without the other, and it is one of our greatest responsibilities as educators to provide opportunities for development in both.

To be a wildlife ecologist, my career before teaching, I needed to understand concepts such as carrying capacity, predator/prey relationships, symbiotic relationships, migration behaviors, etc. — the content. …

Sara Segar with Experiential Learning Depot

Experiential learning high school educator. Resource and content creator for innovative, personalized, self-directed learning strategies.

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