College Educators

Whether you work in student life, campus recreation, counseling programs or as faculty in Education, Therapeutic Recreation, or Experiential Learning Programs, you’ll find a number of useful titles in our catalogue. Many college faculty have used our books as texts for education, leadership and group facilitation courses.

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Books for College Educators

Rediscovering Dewey: A Reflection on Independent Thinking

Steven Simpson

John Dewey believed in education, and he believed in American participatory democracy. Simpson uses personal anecdotes, Dewey’s extensive writings, and even Chinese legends to discuss Dewey’s ideas about teaching democracy, independent thinking, and a sense of community. They are as relevant today as when they were written.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Journey Toward the Caring Classroom 2nd Edition: Using Adventure to Create Community in the Classroom

Laurie S. Frank

Utilizing the principles of adventure-based education, the author presents a curriculum of games and activities for a variety of age levels that build trust, cooperation, and problem-solving skills and which teach personal responsibility to groups as well as setting and achieving individualized goals. The development of the text provides a map for building community and tips on group/classroom facilitation, making the program easy to implement.

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.

Writing and Experiential Education: Practical Activities and Lesson Plans to Enrich Learning

Leslie Rapparlie

Rapparlie has given us a very creative and practical bridge to connect writing and experiential education. The simple theoretical foundation and helpful examples and insights will inspire educators to integrate experiential writing techniques into any educational environment. The easy-to-use, engaging activities and lessons clearly illustrate how writing can be used to allow students to reflect on lessons learned and deepen learning around any material.

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.

Affordable Portables: A Working Book of Initiative Activities & Problem Solving Elements

Chris Cavert, EdD

A resource for counselors, educators, trainers, and others interested in beginning or boosting an experiential challenge program at minimal cost. Activity descriptions include instructions for course and activity construction, tips on group facilitating, and suggested discussion questions for processing. Games/demonstrations focus on enhancing inventiveness, resourcefulness, problem-solving techniques, and pro-social skills.

Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators

Michael L. Bentley, Michael P. Mueller & Bruce Martin

This is a practical, how-to book. The chapters in this book, written by professionals from backgrounds in both school and informal education, offer examples and activities utilizing many outdoor settings, from backyard and neighborhood to study abroad. You will find fresh ideas and useful resources for parenting infants to teens and college students, or teaching pK-16, or even teaching teachers, and it is all about the theory and practice of introducing children of all ages to the phenomena of nature and building upon their experiences to grow their naturalist intelligence and critical conscience.

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