Posts Tagged ‘Experiential Education’

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Showing Appreciation and Celebrating Success

This time of year as I work with many school year programs that are wrapping up and I facilitate end of the year faculty team-building days, the idea of celebrating success and honoring the contributions of others seems especially important. Below is an excerpt from Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation […]

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Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation

Almost ten years ago, out of the desire to share my passion for experiential education and the art and science of group facilitation, I completed the first edition of Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation. Now, a decade later, I’m offering a new edition which includes updated connections to research on […]

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Guiding Your Group: A Participant-Centered Approach to Group Facilitation and Teaching

Excerpt from the Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner The basic tenet of experiential education is the idea of facilitators (e.g., teachers, leaders) approaching their work as guides in the process of discovery, rather than as all-knowing teachers and centers of knowledge and direction. When I work with educators and group leaders, I often find myself encouraging […]

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The Reflective Educator/Facilitator Part Two: Meaningful Self-Reflection and Record-Keeping to Improve Your Practice

My most recent post from the Inspired Educator Blog Archives “Embracing the Quiet and Taking Time to Reflect” focused on the importance of prioritizing time for self-reflection to improve your work as a teacher, trainer, counselor or group facilitator. Taking the time to reflect on our professional practice helps us find meaning and develop insight […]

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Embracing the Quiet and Taking Time to Reflect

In honor of the start of the new year I am re-posting this series of articles from the Inspired Educator Blog Archives on the importance of practitioner reflection. From the Archives, The Reflective Practitioner Part One, December 30th, 2011: Here in Vermont December is the darkest and quietest time of the year. The days are […]

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Key Ingredients for Optimal Group Building Experiences

In past articles, I have compared group facilitation to cooking. As in cooking, group facilitation allows for a great deal of room for adaptation, experimentation and adjustment of ingredients to fit different groups and different learning situations. Though there is opportunity for creativity and innovation, it is important to remember that there are key ingredients […]

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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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Positive School Climate

Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation

Join in this interactive workshop and fill your 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. We will explore: Experiential, brain-based strategies to actively engage learners physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually New research from […]

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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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Experiential, Brain-Based Approaches to Teaching

The Language We Use in Facilitation and Teaching: Reflection and Reflective Practice

There’s all the difference in the world between having something to say, and having to say something. —John Dewey   My March of 2013 blog post “The Language We Use in Facilitation: Reflection Vs. Debriefing” explored the importance of the language we use in facilitation. At the time I had been facilitating some workshops for […]

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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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Cultivating Creativity

Excerpt from the new book: Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner   Play Dough Pictionary is one of my favorite community building and academic review activities. One of the reasons it stays on the top of my list is that it has led to many meaningful discussions about creativity. After playing the game, I will often ask […]

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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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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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Strong Beginnings: Find a Hook to Engage Your Groups!

This evening as I sit cutting out quotes with “new year” and “new beginnings” themes in preparation for some upcoming workshops, I have been reflecting on the power of strong beginnings. Here is an excerpt from my upcoming book Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner that explores this subject.   Starting Off With Style Think back to your […]

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