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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...

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...

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...

Elementary Students Go “GA GA” for Global Games-From Our Author Rich Keegan

Wood N Barnes recently published Rich Keegan’s new book Global Games for Diversity Education: New Ways of Learning in the 21st Century. Rich is a creative and perceptive teacher who loves finding ways to teach and learn from children. Here he shares a variation of Ga Ga (a game found on page 27 of his book) that he has developed to inspire and challenge youngsters in elementary school. We would love to hear how...

Virtual Juggle

Chris Cavert has offered one of his favorite group building activities for this week’s post: VIRTUAL JUGGLE Thanks to the experiential education community and Sam Sikes. NEEDS and NUMBERS: No special equipment is needed for this one. Plays well with (no less than) 12 to 20 people. TIME: 20 to 30 minutes PROCEDURE: In my recollection, Virtual Juggle was a serendipitous event. Each part of this activity was...

More from Adventure, Play, Peace: Reflection

This week we are featuring another excerpt from our newest book Nancy MacPhee Bower’s Adventure, Play, Peace: Insights and Activities for Social Emotional Learning and Community Building With Young Children. Reflection What makes experiential learning such a powerful tool? Obviously, the experience itself may be powerful on its own. And, adding opportunities to reflect on an experience can take the learning...

How You Play Is More Important Than What You Play

This week we are sharing another excerpt from our newest book: Adventure, Play, Peace: Insights and Activities for Social-Emotional Learning and Community Building With Young Children by Nancy MacPhee Bower. How do we add peace to our lives through play? We can develop our skills for peacemaking. Peacemaking is the ability to find and create peace within yourself and within your relationships. This is an important...

Excerpt From our Newest Book: Adventure, Play Peace by Nancy MacPhee Bower

We are thrilled to announce the release of our newest publication Adventure, Play, Peace: Insights and Activities for Social Emotional Learning and Community Building With Young Children by Nancy MacPhee Bower. As one of our reviewers states: “We have been anxiously waiting for Nancy Bower’s second book. Incorporating peace with play and adventure is a powerful and timely idea. Nancy gives practical advice and...

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