Jennifer Stanchfield’s depth of experience, creativity and knowledge of educational theory and practice is evident in her innovative yet practical workshops and publications in which she incorporates the art of facilitation and teaching with brain-based and pedagogical research. In her 25 years as an educator, Jen has worked as a classroom teacher, a clinician in mental health treatment centers for children, adolescents and adults, as an adventure educator, and in professional training, adult education, and organizational teambuilding. Jen earned her masters degree in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato and continues to pursue the latest research on the brain and learning, pedagogy and the emerging field of educational neuroscience. Through these experiences she has developed an extensive repertoire of evidence-informed experiential activities, tools, and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, publications, and teaching resources. She works with schools, colleges, community organizations and training organizations all over the world—helping educators increase engagement, promote social-emotional skills and facilitate meaningful reflection and group dialogue to increase learning outcomes.
Jen is founder and director of Experiential Tools, an organization focused on helping educators fill their toolbox with quality, unique, and user-friendly methods to enhance learning. Her group facilitation and teaching tools include the Pick-A-Postcard Reflection Kit, the Miniature Metaphors Processing and Reflection Treasure Chest, Quotables, and the Conversation Starter Pin-Back Button collection. She is author of Inspired Educator Inspired Learner, Tips and Tools: The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, and co-author of A Teachable Moment: A Facilitator’s Guide to Activities for Processing, Debriefing, Reviewing and Reflection. She is also the creator and a regular contributor to the byline “Facilitators Toolbox” published by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and “The Inspired Educator Blog” at experientialtools.com.
Along with training educators and working directly with schools, Jen provides team-building and professional development programs for community organizations, businesses, college staff and faculty. She offers custom as well as open enrollment workshops for counselors, trainers, classroom teachers, college programs, coaches, and human resource professionals looking to enliven their curriculum or group work with experiential, brain-based approaches to increase engagement and create lasting lessons.
For more information on workshops, consulting services, The Inspired Educator Blog, and facilitation and teaching tools visit jenniferstanchfield.com or experientialtools.com.
Inspired Educator Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons
Tips & Tools: The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation
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.
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.
The Me I See is designed to be used by educators, counselors, and therapists as a tool to help adolescents express themselves, reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and motivations, and explore the issues that shape their lives. The journaling exercises will help them learn about who they are as individuals. The exercises will give them some insights to cope with the stressors of being an adolescent and to interact positively with the world around them.