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Fast Ball from Chris Cavert’s Portable Teambuilding Activities

Portable Teambuilding Activities by Chris Cavert is full of experiential games and initiative problems with a wide range of challenge levels. Some can be played for 10 minutes; others need 30 minutes or more. These activities can be used with middle and high school students, college students, and adult groups of all ages and backgrounds. All the activities can be resources to add to powerful and positive pro-social...

Strength-Based Teaching: The Power of a Positive Mindset

This week’s post is another set of excerpts from Jennifer Stanchfield’s new book: Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons. This article combines a discussion of the power of a strength-bases approach and an activity to illustrate it’s application to teaching or training. Strength-Based...

Differentiated Instruction: Don’t Dismiss It!

This week’s post is another set of excerpts from Jennifer Stanchfield’s new book: Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons. This article combines a pedagogical concept with an activity to illustrate application to teaching or training. Differentiated Instruction: Don’t Dismiss It If the...

Create Multiple Pathways to Learning – Another Excerpt from the Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner

This week we are continuing our series of excerpts from our latest book by Jennifer Stanchfield Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons In this post we pick up on last week’s exploration of brain-based learning to explore “multiple pathways to learning”. This research emphasizes how...

What is Brain-Based Learning? Excerpt from our Newest Book Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner

Jennifer Stanchfield’s new book Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner connects the dots between experiential education, brain-based research, differentiation, social-emotional learning, 21st century career readiness, and a strength-based attitude toward teaching and group facilitation. Jen brings these enduring ideas and the research that supports them together, offering practical and meaningful ways to engage...

Developing an After School Nature Club – Excerpt From Connecting Children To Nature

The following is an excerpt from Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators, edited by Michael Bentley, Michael Mueller, and Bruce Martin, “Chapter Eleven: After School Nature Clubs” by Ryan Brock and David Crowther. Components of Nature Club Nature Club was organized to help upper-elementary students develop a stronger environmental identity. Clayton (2003) proposed an...

Engaging Teens in School Gardens: An Excerpt From Our New Book Connecting Children to Nature

The following is an excerpt from Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators, edited by Michael Bentley, Michael Mueller, and Bruce Martin, “Chapter Sixteen: Engaging Teens in Learning Outdoor” by George Ambrose. Engaging Teens in School Gardens Our local community has an Economic Development Council (EDC) that, among other projects, started a local Farmers’ Market on...

Statue Tag from Chris Cavert

Chris Cavert’s new book Portable Teambuilding Activities (working title) will be available in 2014. The following activity is one of over 60 offerings from this book. Follow us on Twitter (@WNBBooks) for the release date and notices of more Experiential Education postings. STATUE TAG Activity Objective: Avoid being the “IT” during the game while the IT wants to transfer his or her “IT” to someone...

Bullying & Learning

Wood N Barnes is very excited to have the new edition of a true classic by Laurie Frank: Journey Toward the Caring Classroom, 2nd Edition! Here is the first of several Experiential Education blogs from that book. Bullying & Learning Dear Teacher, I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no man should witness. Gas chambers built by learned engineers. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and...

A Planning Tool for Student Leaders: The Check Model

Thank you to our author Micah Jacobson for sharing this great facilitation tool from The Check Model: A Guide to Student Led, Advisor Ensured Event Planning by Jacobson and Abbey Levine. This is a student leadership tool for planning extraordinary events, teaching leadership and event management, and ensuring consistent event execution. It is ideal for advisors and sponsors who work with student leadership groups...

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