Posts Tagged ‘Reflection’

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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Start Off With Style: Create a Hook to Engage

Think back to your most memorable learning experiences— the courses, team-building programs, or classes you enjoyed and the facilitators or educators you found most impactful. How did they start their classes or workshop sessions? How did they begin the program? How did they greet you when you arrived? Chances are, they created a compelling way […]

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Re-Use, Repurpose, Upcycle

Excerpt from Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, Second Edition by Jen Stanchfield repurpose 1. To reuse for a different purpose, on a long-term basis, without alteration. 2. To alter to make more suited for a different purpose. – MacMillan Dictionary Upcycling is also known as creative reuse. With upcycling, an […]

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Reflection

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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Best Of Back-to-School and Fall Program Kick-Off Activities and Strategies

It’s that time of year again. The school year is just beginning as is the start of fall programming for educational agencies and training organizations. Here is a collection of twelve posts from the archives of The Inspired Educator Blog that offer strategies and activities to help you start your school year or fall program off […]

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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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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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Classroom Community Building

Draw Your School or Workplace

It’s that time of year again! Schools, and colleges are kicking off their programs with community building and goal setting sessions. Draw Your School or Workplace is a strategy I’ve used with programs of all kinds to initiate reflection and conversation on creating a positive learning and working environment.     Purpose/Focus: community building, group […]

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Postcard Reflection

Using Metaphor to Build Community and Positive Climate – Postcard Strengths Activity

This post was originally published in March of 2013. As the school year comes to a close I have been using this technique quite a bit with great success. I am posting this article again as a reminder to educators and group facilitators looking to help their groups build community, reflect on strengths and celebrate […]

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The Brain, Learning, and Reflection

A century ago, John Dewey emphasized the importance of engaging learners in reflection. He believed that our experiences shape us, and when reflective practice is part of the learning, meaning and relevancy is created, initiating further growth and change (Dewey, 1933). Reflection is a key tenet of experiential education philosophy.   As I mentioned in […]

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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 Reflection

The Power of Using Objects, Pictures, and Other Metaphoric Methods in Teaching and Group Facilitation

  My summer travels forced me to take a break from the blog. Today I’m inspired to write again after reading Adam Clark’s comment on my June post about “Making the Most of Transitions”. “Great post here with lots of useful suggestions for transitions! Even though we are now entering into our beginning of year […]

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Reflective Activity in Middle School EL Program

Making the Most of Transitions: Celebrating the End of the School Year and New Beginnings

Here in New England schools are wrapping up for the year. Over the past few weeks I have been working with a number of local schools to facilitate transition activities such as “step up day” and graduation celebrations. Teachers and advisory group leaders often ask me for reflective activities to tie their lessons together. This […]

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Using Metaphor to Reflect Upon the Strengths of Group Members

As discussed in the February 2013 article, using postcards, image cards and objects are powerful ways to spark introductory conversations and initiate meaningful individual and group reflection on learning experiences. They are also effective techniques for using metaphor to reflect upon and celebrate the strengths and contributions of individual group members.   Groups who know […]

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reflection tools

Another Active Reflection and Dialogue Activity to Get Participants Moving, Talking, Reflecting and Keep Them Engaged

Over the last couple of years I’ve posted about a number of twists on activities traditionally used as icebreakers that I re-purpose as active, social approaches to reflection, processing or academic review (see August 4th and May 7th posts). These active dialogue activities not only help group members connect and build rapport early on in a program, they are also a great way to facilitate reflection and exploration of academic or training content at any point. Strategies such as these build comfort with reflective practice by allowing group members to share with one person at a time before being asked to share with the entire group. These partner sharing and small group reflection approaches are a great alternative to didactic question and answer sessions, as everyone is involved in reflecting, talking and sharing rather than just the “hand raisers”…

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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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Reflection Tools and Techniques

More Ideas to Engage Learners from the Moment They Walk in the Door

Engage learners from the moment they walk in the door. Rather than using these precious moments for focusing on taking attendance, collecting homework, or other “administrative” duties, involve students in an activity that helps them transition into the learning environment, make positive connections with their peers, explore or review the academic material at hand and most importantly shift their focus to the “here and now.”…

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