Posts Tagged ‘Brain Based Learning’

Setting the Tone: Creating a Positive Environment for Learning

This is an updated version of a previous post entitled “Optimal Ingredients for Effective Group Facilitation” rewritten for the new edition of Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation to be released in October. A fundamental aspect of effective group programming is taking the time to help participants create a positive, supportive […]

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Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner Workshop

Experiential approaches to teaching enhance your ability to motivate learners, inspire a sense of discovery, instill a desire to learn and create a positive and supportive learning community. This workshop offers a variety of active teaching approaches that engage learners emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. These brain-based methods will help you facilitate meaningful dialogue and […]

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Jennifer Stanchfield

Summer Course: Experiential, Brain-Based Approaches to Engage, Motivate, and Build a Productive Learning Community

Join in this fun and interactive course and learn practical ways to engage and motivate students, inspire a sense of discovery, and create a positive, collaborative and supportive learning community. We will explore a variety of brain-based approaches that involve students emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. These methods will help you facilitate meaningful dialogue and […]

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Differentiated Instruction Jennifer Stanchfield

Differentiated Instruction: Don’t Dismiss It!

Wood N Barnes Publishing Co. is continuing to share excerpts from my new book: Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons. This week’s article on differentiated instruction combines discussion of a pedagogical concept with an activity to illustrate application to teaching or training. Differentiated […]

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Positive School Climate

Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Strategies to Engage, Motivate and Build Community

Join in this interactive workshop and fill your teaching and group facilitation toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire and motivate participants, create a positive and supportive learning environment, and facilitate meaningful reflection and dialogue to enhance learning outcomes. Explore methods to involve learners emotionally, physically and intellectually in academics while practicing important social and […]

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What is Brain-Based Learning? Excerpt from Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner

Over the next month Wood N Barnes Publishing Company is offering a series of excerpts from my new book that combine research and educational theory with practical strategies to increase engagement. The first lays a foundation for upcoming articles and activities by exploring What is Brain-Based Learning? Jennifer Stanchfield’s new book Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner […]

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Inspired Educator Inspired Learner by Jen Stanchfield

New Book! Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner

Inspired Educator Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons I am thrilled to announce the release of my new book Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner published by Wood ‘N’ Barnes Publishing Company. The book explores experiential, brain-based techniques for engaging learners of all ages emotionally, physically and intellectually […]

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Experiential, Brain-Based Approaches to Teaching

The Art and Science of Experiential Group Facilitation and Teaching

Join in this interactive workshop and fill your group facilitation and teaching toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire and motivate participants, create a positive and supportive learning environment, and facilitate meaningful reflection and dialogue to enhance learning outcomes.

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Active Engagement Review and Reflection

Bag of Nouns Activity for Review, Reinforcement of Content, Formative Assessment, and Fun!

Many of the inspired educators that I work with have shared variations of this playful party game for active review and community building in the classroom or training sessions. If you like using Playdough Pictionary or Charades Race (see previous posts) you will enjoy this one too.   Purpose: Community Building, Communication, Descriptive Language, Active […]

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Stanchfield Inspired Educator

Choice, Control, and a Sense of Ownership

One of the tenets of experiential education is that people learn best when they perceive a sense of control, and have choice and ownership in their learning experiences. Think about creating opportunities that build this sense of choice and control for participants or students from the very beginning of the program or school year. Empowering learners to set reasonable parameters around their participation creates an atmosphere of healthy trust and will increase involvement from reluctant participants.

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Reflection in Teaching

The Value of Reflection

Reflection brings learning to life. Reflective practice helps learners find relevancy and meaning in a lesson and make connections between educational experiences and real life situations, increases insight, and creates pathways to future learning.

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Postcard Debrief Reflection

Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential Strategies to Engage, Motivate and Build Community

Join in this engaging and interactive workshop and learn ways motivate students, instill a desire to learn, and create a positive and supportive learning community. Learn interactive ways to engage learners in academic or training content review, formative assessment and reflective group dialogue. Explore experiential, brain-friendly methods to involve learners emotionally, physically and intellectually in academics while practicing important social and emotional skills. These strategies will help educators facilitate learning and aid students in mastering common core standards through differentiated, developmentally appropriate techniques to learn, review, and apply content.

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Playdough Reflection Activity

Learning Through Play, Blending Community Building With Academic or Training Content Review: Playdough Pictionary

Playdough Pictionary has been one of my favorite “go-to” activities for years. Though I first started using it in team-building programs I have found that it is a great active multi-sensory approach to curricular content review as well as a community and group building. The game encourages creativity, consensus building, social interaction, communication, cooperation, appreciation of others, play, and pro-social group work. For teachers this is a playful approach to differentiation, and can be a fun formative assessment…

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Active Engagement

Activities to Get Them Moving, Talking, Reflecting, and Keep Them Engaged

Recent research from cognitive neuroscientists validates the idea that educators will increase participant attention, motivation, and learning outcomes when they intentionally weave in opportunities to get them away from their desks or boardroom tables and move, interact, discuss and reflect with their peers…

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What is Experiential Education?

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 by John Dewey, an educator and philosopher in the early 20th century along with others during the progressive movement in education…

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Pick-a-Postcard

Conversation Starter & Reflection Tool   Each kit contains 36 postcards and facilitation ideas. Larger or smaller quantities of postcards are available, please email jen@experientialtools.com for questions and pricing.   Pick-a-Postcard: Summer Sale 20% Off! $27.95 This carefully selected collection of unique images captures a group’s attention and inspires meaningful reflection and conversation. The postcard […]

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Experiential Education Jennifer Stanchfield

Using Quotes to “Hook” Your Group’s Attention

This is the second post in a series that offers ideas for actively involving learners from the first moment they enter the room for a workshop, training or classroom lesson. In my last post I shared information put forward by neuroscientists promoting the idea that the first few minutes of an experience or lesson are a key time to hook and engage learners (See March 12th post).

The activities presented in this series are some of the “tried and true” methods I have used to increase engagement, help participants transition into the learning space, make positive connections with their peers and introduce and review the academic material at hand.

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Start Off With Style. Find a Hook!

“The beginning is the most important part of the work”. -Plato   Starting Off with Style: The events or activities experienced the first time learners are exposed to information greatly impact their ability to retain the information. John Medina (2008), author of Brain Rules states: “If you are trying to get information across to someone […]

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