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Friday Lesson: Journaling as an Experiential Reflective Tool

Courtesy of Jennifer Stanchfield author of Tips & Tools: The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation Download This Lesson (pdf) In past segments of the Friday Lessons series, I have focused on the importance of reflection and have shared a number of metaphoric and active review activities for educators to use with groups. Facilitating individual/self reflection is also important and can be done in both short- and...

Active Ways to Start Conversations, Process, Review & Reflect

Courtesy of Jennifer Stanchfield</a> | Download This Lesson (pdf) Two weeks ago I submitted the post “Bringing Learning to Life Through Reflection” which explored the use of metaphor in reflection. I mentioned that by using a variety of reflective methods—ranging from group dialogue, active reflection methods, artwork and the use of tangible objects, images, or metaphor—we can help participants view...

Friday Lesson: Designing the Group Experience

Courtesy of Jennifer Stanchfield | Download This Lesson (pdf) Facilitation is an art that involves a combination of practice, observation, knowledge of theory, and creativity. Effective facilitators act as creative “designers” of lessons and experiences.  Through careful observation of all the elements involved in a group’s personality and setting, they intentionally choose and order activities in order to...

Friday Lesson: Bringing Learning to Life Through Reflection

Courtesy of Jennifer Stanchfield | Download This Lesson (pdf) Last week’s lesson ended with, “The lasting lesson for facilitators is to find ways to help participants and group leaders transfer these successes back to day-to-day participation in school work, or other life activities.” Reflection brings learning to life. Educators help learners grow and change and create meaningful and lasting...

Friday Lesson: Increasing Involvement, Buy In, and Building Trust

Courtesy of Jennifer Stanchfield | /wnb/IncreasingInvolvement.pdf”>Download This Lesson (pdf) People learn from participating in challenges, struggling through problems and pushing their comfort zones, but in order to do that they need to have a sense of control, choice, and ownership over their experience. To engage in this kind of learning participants require basic trust in their group and group process....

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