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Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, Second Edition

Jennifer Stanchfield, MS

The second edition of Tips & Tools eclipses the first with insights gained from another decade of experience in group facilitation and new information coming from the emerging field of educational neuroscience. As a result the ideas and methods focused on active engagement, ownership in learning, and facilitating meaningful reflection have been greatly expanded. The layout of information is more effective—experiential theory and perspectives, hands-on activities, and teachable moments flow from one chapter to the next—making this edition an essential resource for practicing and teaching the art of experiential group facilitation.

Portable Teambuilding Activities: Games, Initiatives, and Team Challenges for Any Space

Chris Cavert & Friends

This book is filled with a variety of teambuilding activities with a range of challenge levels.These activities can be used with middle and high school students, college students, and adult groups of all ages and backgrounds. Most of the challenges require easy-to-find props and equipment, others require some extra effort before you play. All the activities can be resources to add to powerful and positive pro-social development programs.

Inspired Educator Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons

Jennifer Stanchfield

A successful and rewarding approach to teaching and learning can be created by connecting the dots between experiential education theory and methods, brain-based research, differentiation or personalized instruction, social-emotional learning, 21st century career readiness, and a strength-based attitude toward teaching.

Springboard: Quick Creative Activities to Launch Learning

Mary Beth Campbell
Carolyn Hill
Micah Jacobson

Springboards contains 50 creative activities and demonstrations designed to address—in 15 minutes or less—topics like goal setting, focusing attentions, achieving the “impossible,” time management, and teamwork. Group leaders, therapists, experiential program facilitators, and educators of all kinds will appreciate these quick, emotive activities deliberately designed to draw participants’ attention and encourage deep thinking and learning.

Leading Together: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership for the Classroom

Laurie Frank
Carol Carlin
Jack Christ, PhD

Leading Together provides a thorough and straightforward foundation for teaching the roles and responsibilities of collaborative leadership in the classroom, grades 8 – 12. Students learn how the strengths of relationships—the power of people working together—can make change, achieve goals, and help them meet the challenges they face. The exercises, readings, and activities encourage students to reflect on their own experiences in order to develop leadership skills and values.

The Processing Pinnacle: An Educator’s Guide to Better Processing

Steven Simpson
Dan Miller
Buzz Bocher

Easy to implement and conversational in tone, The Processing Pinnacle contains valuable guidance for anyone who teaches or facilitates experientially. The authors offer a theoretical approach to more effective processing, the reflective component of experience. Utilizing the metaphor of the mountain, they demonstrate how and when certain facilitator methods may elicit immediate response and make a lasting impression on the individual, encouraging reflection as a personal response to life experience.

The Leader Who Is Hardly Known: Self-less Teaching From the Chinese Tradition

Steven Simpson, PhD

Taoist philosophy can have deep meaning for experiential educators because of the focus on natural spontaneity and unself-conscious learning and teaching. This series of essays emphasizes personality traits that affect leadership, commonalities to experiential education programs, then the necessity of connection to the natural world. They are intentionally short and can stand alone for reference and guidance. The conclusion summarizes how the principles form a foundational philosophy for experiential education.

If Anybody Asks Me…: 1001 Questions for Educators, Counselors, & Therapists

Larry Eckert

1,001 questions about health, family, relationships, growing up, school, social issues, and more. These creative questions encourage youth aged 11 to 18 to make decisions, self-evaluate, and form and vocalize opinions about issues crucial to growing up and living in our world. They also make great topics for writing exercises, values education in recovery groups, life questions for youth groups… think of all the possibilities!

Games (& other stuff) for Group, Book 2: More Activities to Initiate Group Discussion

Chris Cavert, EdD
& friends

This second book provides fun and creative initiatives for therapeutic or educational groups. Here are 25 more engaging activities that require minimal and affordable props and adapt easily to different situations and age groups. Some of the topics include expressing emotions, learning names, learning about each other, decision making, working with others, following directions, creative thinking, frustration, and communication.

Games (& other stuff) for Group, Book 1: Activities to Initiate Group Discussion

Chris Cavert, EdD
& friends

Making your group a fun place to be will surely encourage participation. This practical guide to experience and activity-based counseling includes 37 different 10- to 20-minute activities, focusing on topics that crucially affect experiences throughout life, including understanding gender issues, rumors and their effects, creativity, communication, and expression of emotions and frustrations. For ages 12 to adult, and adaptable for younger audiences as well.

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