May 5th • Brattleboro, VT • Retreat Farm Community Room • 45 Farmhouse Square • 8:30-3:30
Join this interactive workshop and fill your teaching, counseling or facilitation 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, inclusive, and supportive group environment. Teach and reinforce academic, social and emotional learning or training content in novel ways to differentiate instruction and enhance learning. Leave with creative inspiration and new perspectives on your role as an educator, facilitator, or leader.
We will explore:
- Experiential, brain-based strategies to actively engage participants physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.
- Techniques to promote social and emotional learning and develop social awareness, relationship skills, social problem-solving, emotional expression and conflict resolution skills
- Novel and dynamic techniques to teach, review, and reinforce academic, group development or social-emotional learning content that help learners apply material in meaningful, relevant ways
- Research from the field of educational neuroscience that supports and informs experiential education, instructional design, and social-emotional learning
- Strategies for increasing involvement, buy-in, and ownership of learning and group development experiences
- 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
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.