Posts Tagged ‘Differentiated Instruction’

Training Activities

Team Tally for Group Building, Reflection, Academic Review, and Data Gathering

This group questionnaire has multiple purposes: rapport building, reflection, data gathering, brainstorming, context setting, and academic or training content review/assessment. The playful, informal, small-group sharing and friendly competition engage and motivate participants to join in. Because it is so participant- directed it is ideal for transitional phases (i.e., the first few moments of a program, meal-time, or when returning from a break. It can be used to explore get-to-know-you questions or as a reflective technique to gather specific information and feedback about a topic, or to celebrate an experience. It is a useful technique for large groups (groups are broken down into smaller teams). In school settings, it is perfect for advisory groups or family nights. In adult training and team-building, I use it to ensure all voices are heard when exploring a particular subject.

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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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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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Gallery Walk: Active Group Reflection and Information Gathering

This time of year I find myself facilitating vision and goal setting retreats, training programs and project oriented planning meetings with many schools and organizations. Time and time again I find the “Gallery Walk” activity a useful tool when I want to gather information on experiences, opinions and questions from group members. It is a […]

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Teacher Staff Development

Re-Purposing “Ice-Breaker” Activities for Academic Review, Reflection, Context Setting and Formative Assessment

The teachers, corporate trainers, high school advisors and other educators I work with are constantly trying to create a balance of learning in their classes and groups. These interactive strategies help learners practice, review, synthesize and discuss academic material. Through playful collaborative learning teachers increase engagement, promote retention and enhance learning outcomes.

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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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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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Another Idea to Get Them Moving and Keep Them Engaged: “Anyone Who”

This is a follow up on a popular post from last fall that offered ways to actively engage learners in the classroom, boardroom, training or group counseling setting.   Research on the brain and learning emphasizes the importance of breaking up lecture and direct instruction with activities that involve learners socially, emotionally and physically as […]

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