Hosted by Iredell County Parks and Recreation
Tuition includes a copy of your choice of the Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner or Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation books and lunch.
This interactive workshop explores experiential, brain-based techniques to inspire and motivate learners, create a positive and supportive learning environment, and facilitate meaningful reflection and dialogue. We will focus on ways to thoughtfully design and sequence experiences to increase engagement, meet specific educational and group development goals, and promote social and emotional skills. Attendees will explore methods for empowering participants to take ownership of learning and make connections between educational experiences and real-life situations. Join this dynamic session and take away both practical strategies to enhance your toolbox and a deeper understanding of the “why behind what you do” in group facilitation and teaching.
We will explore:
- Experiential, brain-based approaches to actively engage learners physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually
- The fundamentals of experiential group facilitation such as the importance of participant choice and control, sequencing, ongoing assessment, and meaningful reflection to create lasting lessons
- Techniques for increasing participant involvement, buy-in, and ownership in learning experiences
- Methods to help group leaders design, sequence, facilitate and adapt activities to enhance learning outcomes
- Ways to cultivate social and emotional skills such as communication, social problem-solving, relationship skills, collaboration, self-regulation, decision-making, self-awareness, emotional expression, conflict resolution, and reflection
- Techniques for developing responsive and nurturing relationships
- Novel and dynamic techniques to teach review and reinforce both academic content and social and emotional learning that help learners apply material in meaningful, relevant ways.
- New research from the field of educational neuroscience and its impact on learning, teaching, and social-emotional skills development
- Innovative reflection tools and techniques to increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and connection to future learning situations
- The role of the facilitator/educator as guide, and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences
- Techniques to increase, 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 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.