Think back to your most memorable learning experiences, the courses you enjoyed, and the teachers you found effective. How did they start off their classes or workshop sessions? How did they begin the school year? How did they greet you when you came into their...

When I work with educators from all backgrounds I often find myself encouraging them to reflect on the idea of a “student centered ” or "participant centered" view of teaching and group facilitation. In this approach an educator/counselor/facilitator thinks of themselves as a "guide" in...

The experiential approach to education and group work is based on the idea that change and growth take place when people are actively (physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally) involved in their learning rather than just being receivers of information. The philosophy of experiential education was promoted...

When facilitating large groups in interactive activities it can be helpful to have some "attention-getters" so that you are not yelling at the group when leading an activity, facilitating a transition from one activity to the next or sharing directions...

Those of us who espouse the philosophy of experiential education understand the importance of reflection as the key to moving learning forward and creating lasting and meaningful lessons. We seek out new tools and ideas to facilitate reflective practice with our students or groups,...