with Jennifer Stanchfield
August 2, 2018
9AM – 3PM
1980 N. College Rd. Mason, MI 48854

Join this interactive workshop and fill your facilitation, teaching, and leadership toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire, motivate and promote engagement and buy-in. Take away innovative methods to get your groups moving, talking and reflecting. Empower participants to take ownership of learning, practice social-emotional skills, and build a positive, and supportive group environment. Teach and reinforce academic or training material in novel ways to differentiate instruction and enhance learning. Leave with creative inspiration and new perspectives on your role as a facilitator, educator, or leader.

We will explore:

  • Experiential, brain-based strategies to actively engage participants physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually in group development, academic, social-emotional learning, training, or vision setting and team-development.
  • New research from the field of educational neuroscience that supports and informs experiential education, facilitation, group-building, instructional design, and social-emotional learning
  • Novel and dynamic techniques to teach, review and reinforce training and academic content that help learners apply material in meaningful, relevant ways
  • Strategies for increasing involvement, buy-in, and ownership of learning and group development experiences
  • Techniques to promote social and emotional learning and develop social awareness, relationship skills, social problem-solving, emotional expression and conflict resolution skills
  • Fundamentals of experiential group facilitation and teaching such as the importance of participant choice and control, sequencing, ongoing assessment, and meaningful reflection to create lasting lessons
  • Interactive activities to build community and promote social and emotional learning while enlivening lessons and differentiating instruction
  • A variety of rapport building strategies to develop respect, positive communication, collaboration, and creativity
  • Methods to help educators and facilitators design, sequence, facilitate and adapt activities to enhance learning outcomes and take advantage of “teachable moments”
  • Innovative reflection tools and techniques to increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and connection to future learning situations
  • The role of the facilitator as guide, and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences

These activities can be facilitated in any size space with simple materials. They can be adapted to varying ages, settings, and abilities. Participants will take away strategies that will help them build a positive environment for learning, develop social-emotional skills, actively engage learners, and promote a positive culture in their group sessions, school or workplace.

Tuition includes lunch and a copy of one of Jen Stanchfield’s latest books: Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation or Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons.

 

About Jennifer Stanchfield, M.S:
Jen is known for her work helping school and community programs all over the world use experiential methods to develop a positive and supportive learning environment, increase engagement, enhance learning outcomes and develop social-emotional skills. In her 27 years as an educator, Jen has worked as a classroom teacher, a clinician in mental health treatment centers, and in professional training, adult education, and organizational teambuilding. Through these experiences, she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools, and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, publications, and teaching resources. Jen earned her master’s degree in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato and continues to pursue the latest research on the brain and learning, pedagogy and the emerging field of educational neuroscience. She is the author of Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons and Tips and Tools for The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation. She is also the creator and a regular contributor to the Inspired Educator Blog at experientialtools.com.